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Top 5 best pet birds for beginners
If you’re planning to add a new pet to the family, you may consider getting a pet bird. Birds are easier to care for than other pets. Unlike the family dog or cat that has the run of the house, a bird can be popped into its cage while you’re away during the day or busy around the house. Birds also don’t need walks outside, and housebreaking isn’t an issue. Cleaning a cage each day is more appealing to many people than scooping litter or taking Fido outdoors constantly to potty.
If you know you want a bird but are not quite sure what type would fit best with you, it is always best to start small. Here are some suggestions you may start with:
The cockatiel makes a great pet bird. They are relatively easy to teach, cost-effective to own, and avid whistlers. They are perfect for apartments and households with kids.
The canary — among the most popular and varied pet birds in the world — is well known for his vocal talents and vibrant color. A canary doesn’t come out of the cage, so it only needs food, water and cage cleaning, but doesn’t need one-on-one play time. The joy of canary ownership stems from their lively and beautiful presence as a visual and auditory enhancement to your quality of life.
3- Budgies (Parakeets)
These are smart and colorful little parrots. They can learn to talk well. They need veterinarian care, so don’t adopt one if you are unwilling to take it to the vet. They need daily food, water and cage changing. They also need some fresh vegetables intertwined around its cage bars. Toys are a must. They need daily one-on-one time and should have a play gym to spend out-of-cage time on.
Preferring to stay in small flocks in flight cages, Finches are a good option for the new bird owner that wants to look, but not touch. They should never be kept as single individuals. Make sure to put them in a cage with plenty of space to exercise their wings — these birds get around by flying and they don’t climb for exercise. Also remember that when they’re too crowded, territorial cage battles between cage mates will erupt.
5- Peach-Faced Lovebirds
These adorable, colorful little parrots are beautiful, active, and playful. They can learn some tricks and their noise level is lower than the larger parrots. They’re capable of picking up a few phrases. They need daily feeding, water changing, cage cleaning, plus some good one-on-one time. They should have a play gym, lots of toys and perches. They are somewhat harder to tame down unless a single bird is acquired very young and handled regularly. When hand-raised and socialized with humans, these little guys love to be handled, carried around in your shirt pocket or on your collar.
Beware that depending on your age and the age and species of the bird you bring home, your pet might easily outlive you. Keep in mind that the best birds aren’t always the biggest or most brightly colored. Start small and work your way up — you’ll be a much better owner for it.