8 Top Small Pet Birds (Part 2)

Fischer's lovebirds perching on branch.

5. Bourke’s Parakeet

Bourke’s parakeets are generally mellow birds. These Australian natives often bond closely with their humans and do well with other peaceful birds, such as finches. But their gentle nature can make them a target of more aggressive birds. They’re only moderately active but still require at least a few hours of exercise outside the cage each day.

6. Lovebird

Fischer’s lovebirds perching on branch.

True to their name, lovebirds thrive in bonded pairs. But a single bird also can do well with an involved caretaker. Lovebirds don’t like to be alone ​and can develop behavioural issues, such as biting, with neglect. They’re also fairly vocal, making loud, high-pitched chirps you might not expect from such a small bird. The most common species kept as pets are the Fischer’s, black-masked, and peach-faced lovebirds.

7. Green-Cheeked Conure

Green-cheeked conures have become popular for their playful, affectionate disposition, but they do require adequate handling to avoid behavioural issues. These South America natives tend to be fast learners with tricks and games (though most usually don’t talk). However, they are prone to feather picking if they’re bored or neglected.

8. Cockatiel

Native to Australia, cockatiels are valued for their friendly personalities. When properly socialized, they tend to be docile birds that love people. They’re generally not noisy, though they can learn to be excellent whistlers. A single cockatiel is fine, as long as you give it lots of attention. Otherwise, a pair of birds can keep each other company.

Contributed by The Spruce Pets

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