Birds make great pets because they often require less care than dogs or cats, while being intelligent and providing great company. Choosing the right bird for you will require some thought. You should take into consideration your level of experience with birds and how the bird will fit into your lifestyle.
The main things to consider are:
- Behavior and temperament
- Nutrition and maintenance
- Time commitment
Bigger Birds Are More Work
The size of the bird will indicate how much time and work will go into keeping the bird. Larger birds are messier, louder and need more time outside the cage than smaller birds. Novices to bird-keeping are usually advised to start with a small to medium-sized bird.
It’s Like Getting a Roommate for Life
The temperament of the bird species should match your own personality and intentions. For instance, do you plan to take the bird out of its cage everyday and spend some time interacting? Or do you prefer to have a bird singing happily in the background while you work, and do not expect much close interaction?
Eating like a Bird
Some birds need special diets to match that of their natural one in the wild. Check what the bird eats and how much this would cost every month. The diet if the bird will also affect the quality and quantity of its droppings, with some birds needing more frequent cage cleaning than others.
Some Birds are Low Maintenance
The initial cost of buying the bird will depend on the size of the bird and whether it is an exotic or common species. Other costs to keep in mind are food, cage, accessories and vet care.
All birds need a little attention. Some more than others. A lonely bird can misbehave, behave nervously, pull its own feathers or bite. Consider your availability before selecting the breed of bird.
The top 5 pet birds are:
- Parakeets/budgies (colorful, intelligent and great for children)
- Cockatiels/finches/canaries (require little space and interaction)
- Lovebirds (beautiful, intelligent and fairly quiet. Great apartment pets)
- African Grey parrots (highly intelligent and affectionate. Need interaction and live 50-70 years)
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