June 8, 2010

Choosing the Right Pet Bird for Your Family

Filed under: Choosing a Pet Bird,Pet Birds — Dr. Amber Reed @ 4:40 pm

Yellow CanaryPet birds are becoming nearly as common as dogs and cats these days but considering the wide variety of species of birds and the care required for each, it’s important to take some time to think about what kind of bird is best for your family.  Did you know, for example, that some birds live up to 100 years?  Other birds have specific dietary requirements; and if you’re considering a pet bird because you think they are lower maintenance than dogs and cats, think again.  Before buying a pet bird you should think carefully about the size of the bird, its behavior, and the kind of care it will require.

As far as the size of the bird is concerned, larger pet birds tend to require more work from the owner.  While they make great pets, large birds are usually louder and more challenging to care for than smaller species.  Consequently, it is usually recommended that first-time bird owners go for a small or medium sized bird.  Each bird, regardless of size, will have different training, housing, and social interaction requirements so be sure to ask lots of questions at the pet store.

In addition to the size of the bird, its behavior and temperament are also important.  Some birds are quite timid and don’t respond well to coming out of their cages while others thrive in social situations.  While there is a lot of variability within species regarding behavior and temperament, some birds are naturally more social and enjoy being touched.  If you don’t want to spend a lot of time handling your pet bird, it is better to choose a breed that is more comfortable in solitary.

Finally, make sure to do your research about the kind of care your bird will require.  Some birds need to eat a special diet; some birds can feed on seeds and grains while others need fruit, pollen, and nectar.  Remember that birds differ from species to species and unless you know exactly what you’re looking for you need to ask very specific questions at the pet store before coming home with a pet bird.

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