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5 Bird Species That Make Great Pets

Jun 23 • 3 minute read

There are many different types of pet birds available around the world. Some are known for their impressive plumage, while others mimic voices or do tricks. Regardless of the bird species you choose, owning a pet bird can be a great experience. A pet bird is intelligent, friendly, and well-suited to be a companion. They also have big personalities, making each bird friendship a unique experience even if you’ve had birds before. Let’s look at some of the bird species you might consider as pets.

1. Parakeet/Budgie

Budgies and parakeets are actually two names for the same bird species, and they make lovely pets for children and those new at keeping birds. Parakeets are playful and intelligent and need less maintenance and space when compared to larger bird species. Although parakeets are smaller, they still need the same care and attention as the bigger bird species. Despite their small size, these birds are smart and attentive and are known to sing, whistle, and even learn some words or phrases. Budgies come in beautiful colors and have a life expectancy of between 12-14 years.

2. Cockatiel

Cockatiels are medium-sized birds that are delightful to keep. Their colorful crests and rosy cheeks are eye-catching and help them display their moods and personalities. As parrot family members, these birds are known for their advanced singing and whistling abilities. Cockatiels can learn how to talk, but they prefer whistling and mimicking peculiar sounds like ringing telephones. Cockatiels come in diverse color combinations and can live for 15-20 years.

3. Parrotlet

Parrotlets are the smallest member of the parrot family. They are quieter than other species and great for those who want birds that perfectly fit in smaller spaces. Even with their smaller size, parrotlets need lots of exercise and have prominent personalities. Your parrotlet can learn a few words if you consistently train him. Parrotlets do not like staying alone for long hours, and you will have to take them out every day. You can also pair these bird species so that they can keep each other company.

4. Lovebird

Lovebirds usually form strong bonds with each other or with their new families. If you want a devoted companion, you should get one male lovebird and ensure you play with him every day. Female lovebirds tend to be aggressive and may not be good pets. However, lovebirds need more commitment and are ideal for an experienced bird owner. If you keep a pair of lovebirds, keep in mind that they will bond with each other and may become nippy towards other people in the family.

5. Hyacinth Macaw

The hyacinth macaw is the largest type of parrot available and usually attains a four-foot wingspan. Larger macaws may even make friends with other pets in the home, such as small dogs or cats. However, ensure that the pets are not fighting each other, since the macaw’s powerful beak meant for cracking nuts may hurt your other pets. Although Hyacinth macaws will bond with you, they need more space and will take more work. You should only get a macaw if you have immense experience with birds and can handle taking care of them.

Take Your Time When Choosing a Bird

If you want to adopt a pet bird as a close companion, these are just a few of the many species to choose from. However, every bird species has unique socialization requirements regarding training needs and other flock mates. Like many birds, providing companionship for your pet bird is important since birds also need social bonding. Understanding the bird species you choose as a pet is essential, since adopting a bird blindly will result in detrimental mismatches. Do your research and ensure that you’ll be able to play with your bird every day, and you will have a best friend for life.

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