7 Reasons Why Birds Make Great Companions (Part 1)

When you have limited space, limited mobility, or limited funds, and if you find yourself alone much of the time, a pet bird or a pair of them just might be a good fit for you. 

  1. Birds are very intelligent
    Many birds navigate thousands of miles twice a year to migrate, so they are terrific problem solvers. According to the National Audubon Society, birds have problem-solving capabilities and cognitive skills that indicate a high degree of intelligence. They can use tools and even count from left to right.Besides being among the most popular pets, chickadees, parrots, and cockatoos all have finely-honed problem solving and mimicking skills. And while crows may not be suitable birds to be kept as pets, their reasoning skills have been likened to those of a 7-year-old human.
  2. Birds are suitable for Stay-at-Home HouseholdsBirds are creatures that flock, meaning that they are used to having companions at all times. A single bird will want a friend as much as humans do. Many will sing to you, sometimes talk to you, and play with you, especially if you spend time together with a bird out of its cage.Compared to the four-legged pets that typically roam free and unattended within their owners’ homes, birds are relatively easy to care for. They can be placed inside their cages for safety when owners are at work or busy. Many people prefer the convenience of cleaning a birdcage once daily to scooping a litter box or having to go for mandatory walks outside every few hours with a dog.

3. Birds require minimal grooming
Birds are naturally hygienic animals and preen their feathers daily to keep them shiny and clean. Rather than having to deal with shampoos, flea baths, and expensive haircuts, bird owners can usually maintain their pet’s health and good looks with a quick nail trim and a feather clipping now and then.


For cleaning, a bird only requires a light shower or spritz of clean, non-chlorinated water once or twice a week. For physically challenged owners, the ease of bird care is a welcome relief.

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4. Birds are social with humans and other birds
Given proper training and socialization, birds can be every bit as loving and affectionate as a cat or dog. Some pet birds are inseparable from their owners, even accompanying them on daily errands such as trips to the bank or grocery store. (This isn’t the best choice for pet birds in colder climates). They can also be easily trained to do simple tasks and tricks for you since they are excellent at mimicry.

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Birds do recognize their owners, cage, and toys, and many birds will sit on your shoulder to communicate that it’s time for dinner. The more time you spend with your bird outside of the cage, the more creative the responses you will receive when you interact.


If you find yourself leaving the house more, you can always get a second companion bird to add to the flock. But it’s always best to let your current bird have a say in picking out the new bird as birds decide who they like and don’t like fairly quickly.

Courtesy of The Spruce Pets

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