8 Top Small Pet Birds (Part 1)


Good things come in small packages and small pet birds can be excellent companions. They’re generally easier to care for than many large bird species, and they’re somewhat quieter due to their size. But small birds are still packed with personality. Some prefer to live with other birds while others can be housed alone as long as they get plenty of human socialization. Here are eight of the most popular small birds to keep as pets.

  1. Finch


Finches are ideal for people who want to enjoy watching birds but prefer not to handle them. They are somewhat skittish, appreciating the companionship of other finches over humans. Pet finches typically do well in flocks of three to five and require a spacious cage in which they can fly, as that usually is their sole space for exercise. There are many types of finches, including the zebra finch, Gouldian finch, and society finch.

2. Canary

Native to the Micronesian islands, canaries are known for their bright plumage and beautiful songs. Like other members of the finch family, these small birds don’t tolerate handling well. But with ample training, a canary might learn to perch on a person. House a canary in a roomy flight cage, especially if you don’t have another safe space for it to fly. Additionally, it’s often necessary to house canaries individually, as they can be territorial.

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3. Budgerigar

Budgerigars, also known as budgies or parakeets, are small birds with big personalities. As one of the smallest parrots, budgies come in an array of colours, and they can learn to talk. These smart birds require lots of toys and socialization to keep them happy. If you can’t spend enough time with your budgie, consider getting at least two to prevent loneliness.

4. Parrotlet

Parrotlets also called “pocket parrots,” don’t seem to realize how small they are. Like their cousin, the huge-by-comparison Amazon parrot, parrotlets tend to have bold, comical personalities and crave attention. They need sufficient handling, as they have a reputation for becoming nippy when not properly trained. They’re also active birds and should spend several hours outside the cage each day.

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