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How to pick the right bird

Picking a new bird as a family pet is more than meets the eye.

Birds are interesting pets, but they require more attention than the everyday house cat or goldfish. Before getting a bird, make sure that you can give it the proper attention and care, otherwise you’ll find trouble. Much like other pets, try and pick a type of bird that best fits your lifestyle and amount of free time.

Size of the Bird

Smaller birds tend to be the easiest to take care of, whereas the bigger ones can require a large amount of training, attention and space. Make sure that you take a long look at how much of a commitment you want to make with owning a bird and pick a size that is complimentary to that commitment.

Finches are small songbirds that are more of a look but not touch type of pet, making them extremely easy to take care of as a beginning pet owner – but they’re obviously not as social as bigger and smarter birds.

A Budgie or Parakeet are a step up from Finches, can be taught simple tricks, aren’t extremely loud birds (but are very active) and are relatively simple to take care of.

Large birds and most parrots are extremely intelligent, so you may have an escaping problem, and if you’re not paying attention to them when they want you to pay attention to them – they’ll let you know… loudly.

How the Bird Acts

Research bird species and figure out which one best matches you or your family. Some people would like a bird that is very eager to please and social; however, that requires giving it a lot of attention. Some people like birds that kind of keep to themselves since they aren’t as much work. Whichever the case, make sure you know what kind of bird you’re getting.

Again, parrots can be very rewarding birds since they’re social and intelligent. However, along with being able to talk, do tricks and keep people entertained, they also need a lot of attention from people. This is a commitment that you must make otherwise the birds might get mischievous, become a noise problem or start to pull out it’s feathers.


Birds have heavily specialized digestive systems, so make sure you know what you have to feed it otherwise it could get sick or produce messy waste. This requires plenty of research, but you, along with your bird, will appreciate a proper diet.


Make sure that you are well within your financial means when taking care of a bird. Some large birds are inherently expensive, and then factor in house, toys, food and the bill is quickly adding up. Also factor in vet visits and some birds' long lifespan and you’re looking at a serious financial commitment.


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independentminded For someone with no prior experience in owning/handling exotic birds at all, and who wishes to have a bird that s/he can socially interact with, I'd recommend a hand-fed Budgie, Cockatiel, or Lovebird that has also been born and bred in captivity.

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