Choosing a Pet Bird
Courtesy of: PetSmart
Are you thinking of getting a bird? Check this out for information on choosing a pet bird.
Petsmart presents the pet bird how to series.
Birds make fun unique pets from their colorful plumage to their beautiful singing voices and ability to learn tricks. They make fascinating companions.
The joys of bird ownership are many, if you choose a bird species that complements your lifestyle.
What type of bird is good for a beginner?
Before you get a bird, consider what you want most out of your new companion.
A good first time bird like a parakeet or finch is affordable priced, reasonably sized and requires some but not too much of a time commitment.
Parakeet prefer to be kept in pairs, they love to be handled, they’re smart, easily trained and they can live for up to 15 years and they’re great for early teens and up.
Other beginner birds include doves and lovebirds.
Finch is a unique because they sing a lot, they don’t need a lot of handling, it requires special knowledge, same species and size must be together, they have an active metabolism so make sure they have enough food and water at all times. And Finches can live anywhere from five to fifteen years.
What are the best birds for experienced bird parents?
Intermediate and advanced birds like conures and cockatiels have more personality. It require more care and as a result, a bigger time and financial commitment.
Conure is a unique because they’re very smart and easily trained. They love attention, requiring at least one hour a day at a minimum. They can be loud and noisy. And remember conures can live for twenty to thirty years, so they’re better suited to adults.
Cockatiels have a lot of the same personality traits as larger birds but in a smaller pet. They love attention and like conures need at least one hour interaction per day. They’re smart, easily trained for they can be messy eaters.
Here are some tips to help you choose a great bird.
Start by making a list of characteristics in your ideal bird. Things like vocal ability, low-maintenance or small-sized.
Next, study bird profiles or review the bird Education Center at Petsmart.com/bird. Check out our care guides. Ask a pet care manager or associate for help. Take your time, this is an important step.
Once you’ve done your research, you’re ready to narrow to a species. The last step is selecting your new companion.