10 birds that make great pets
So your family is ready for a new pet, but it’s not exactly a new dog or cat that’s coming into the picture. A feathered friend is a great compromise. Every breed has different looks, personalities, and needs, so it’s vital that you find the best pet bird to match with your family’s lifestyle
Also known as “Budgies,” according to PetSmart, Parakeets can quickly become your family’s best friend with their sweet gestures and tunes. With practice, Parakeets can nibble out of your hand, whistle in tune, and learn basic commands.
A perfect beginner bird, PetSmart notes that Cockatiels love playing with their owners, and should be given at least one hour of attention a day. These bright birds love hanging out outside of their cage, so consider purchasing a perch for them to hang out on and socialize, even if you’re not actively playing with them.
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A bird of style, the Cockatoos are one attention-grabbing — and attention-loving — animal. According to The Spruce, Cockatoos are quick to bond with their owners and thrive on their relationships. In fact, if they don’t receive enough attention they can become depressed and begin plucking out their feathers as a sign of distress. But as long as these birds are getting love for at least an hour or so a day, they’ll become a member of the family in no time.
If you’re looking for a companion for life, stop your search now. Pet Smart notes that there’s no bond-breaking when Lovebirds make a connection with their partners — whether if it’s with another bird of their kind or with their human. These creatures love bathing, so give them a bowl of water to wash in two or three times a week for some playtime!
If your family is looking for a bird that doesn’t require much attention, the Finch might just be the perfect fit. While its beautiful look and charming chirps are fun to watch, The Spruce notes that Finches prefer to stay inside their cage, away from human interaction. If you want a bird with a similar size, but with a more hands-on experience, check out the Parakeet.
Although Pet Smart notes that Conures are native to Central and South America, as long as their cage is big enough to spread their wings and their diet consists of pellets and leafy greens, they’ll thrive in nearly any environment at home. If you’re thinking about purchasing a Conure for your child, be warned: You’ll be taking care of them well after your little one goes to college. These birds can live up to 20 years!
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Although they may look similar to Lovebirds, Parrotlets are very different. According to Pet Smart, Parrotlets can grow up to seven inches long, live up to 20 years, and love to be stimulated with toys and games. Head’s up: These guys can get pretty noisy at the sunrise and sunset, so use a cover for their cage!
You may not think of Doves as a family pet to keep inside the home, but they’re more common than you might expect. Doves love living in pairs or flocks, and enjoy nesting in the nighttime. For a sweet treat once or twice a week, Doves can eat a fresh piece of fruit!
Ready for the ultimate commitment? According to Pets Lady, Pionuses can live up to 40 years ! These beautiful birds can reach up to 10 inches long and love to play with everyone, which means they won’t become attached to a single person in the family (good for multiple kids!). As long as you’re ready to raise a bird alongside your children, the Pionus is right for you.
10. Meyer’s Parrot
You might stray away from Meyer’s Parrot because you assume all Parrots are just loud, but not this bird. These cool, calm creatures love attention and playing around. Pets Lady notes that Meyer’s Parrots might nip and nibble, but don’t bite too often. These birds make for a great addition to any family with older children.
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Contributed by Jackie Frere.