You have decided that you need some companionship and after doing a bit of research you have come to the conclusion that a pet bird maybe just what you are looking for. There are many things to consider when choosing a pet bird. The first thing to consider is what type of bird do you want. Following are some questions you should ask yourself before choosing a pet bird.
Questions To Ask Before Choosing a Pet Bird
- Do you want a big bird or a medium sized bird or a small bird?
- Do you want a bird that can talk?
- Do you want a bird that will cuddle?
- Do you want a tame bird?
- Do you want a bird that is already trained?
- Do you want a young bird or an older bird?
- Are you interested in adopting a rescue?
- How much time can you spend with your pet bird?
- Are you away from home a lot?
- Do you have any other pets?
When you have narrowed down what you are looking for in a pet bird then it is time to look at the various types of birds and see if they fit your criteria.
Each bird type have their own characteristics and then each individual bird has their very own unique personality.
When choosing a pet bird one of the main considerations is the bird’s lifespan. Little birds like finches can live a couple of years up to a few years while bigger birds like parrots can live anywhere from 50 to 75 years. Make sure if you choose a larger, longer living bird that you have someone to look after them when you are gone. In all probability the bird will outlive you. Following is a chart of some of the more popular birds and their potential life expectancy.
Life Expectancy Chart
Bird Life Expectancy in Years
- Macaws 50 – 100 +
- Cockatoos 40 – 60 +
- Amazons 50 – 70 +
- African Grays 50 – 60 +
- Eclectus 65 – 85
- Conure 12 – 30
- Lories and Lorikeets 13 – 25
- Caique 30
- Senegal 50
- Cockatiel 12 to 20
- Parakeets(Budgies) 7 to 18
- Lovebirds average 15 to 25
- Canaries average 10 to 15
- Finches average 5 to 10.
You also need to consider how much money you are willing to spend buying your new companion and all the accessories that he/she will need. A larger bird will be more expensive in the actual cost of purchasing the bird and the accessories needed for a larger bird will also be more expensive.
Also you need to take into considerations trips to a veterinarian. Not all vets treat birds so you may need to look around in order to find an avian vet.
Some of the traits that a pet bird owner looks for often are traits that have been taught to the bird over time. A bird that has been hand raised will have different traits than a bird that has been raised wild. The environment that a bird is raised in will impact the traits of the bird.
You also need to consider how much time you can spend with your bird. Does your lifestyle keep you away from home a lot or are you going to be able to spend a lot of time with your bird. Some birds love interacting with their humans. They like being cuddled, talk too and generally interacting with you. Other birds would prefer to keep their distance and are quite happy to play and talk by themselves.
Some birds prefer that they are not handled at all and would much prefer that you keep your distance.
Some birds will take a liking to one person while others like everyone. Some birds will also have a preference to a female or a male.
Birds that prefer not to be handled are often very entertaining to watch and they are quite content to play away in their cage. These birds do well living with other birds. Most birds by nature are a flock animal. Some of the birds that we keep as pets still prefer other birds in their flock while others gladly accept humans into their flock.
Another thing that you should take into consideration before choosing your pet bird is how much noise can you put up with or how much noise can your neighbours tolerate. Some birds like the Macaws and Cockatoos can be quite loud. Usually in the early morning and early evening is when they tend to be the noisiest. This goes back to their natural instinct from living in the wild. If they were still living in the wild this is the time that they would be calling out to their other flock members.
Other birds like the Conure and Parrotlet are noisy anytime of the day or evening.
So after looking into the various types of birds that people keep as pets you have decided what bird you would like to bring into your home. So now the question is where does one buy a bird?
Most pet shops will have birds for sale. They tend to carry the smaller type of birds like budgies and canaries. If they specialise in birds they may also carry Conures, Caique and Senegal. If you have an aviary in your area they will carry many types of birds. If they don’t have the bird you want they can usually direct you to where you can get the bird you want.
Bird Magazines are another place to look for a reputable breeder and you can also find breeders listed online in your area.
I would not recommend that you purchase a bird without seeing it especially if you are a first time bird owner. You want to make sure you are getting a healthy bird.
Things To Look For Before The Final Sale
- Eyes should be clear and clean
- Breathing should not be strained and no wheezing
- No bare spots on the bird
- Feathers should be shiny
- Bird should have a good weight
- Handle bird if possible
- Bird should be aware and alert
- Need to have a complete bill of sale
- Health guarantee bird can be returned if it fails a vet check
Good luck finding your perfect bird companion. I have owned cockatiels for around 20 years now and they are a great pet. They all have different personalities.
Again before you purchase make sure you have the time to dedicate to your pet bird. You cannot get one of these birds and stick them in a cage and shove them in a corner. Most pet birds are very social and they love interacting with you – they do not like being ignored.
My pet cockatiel Binkie is normally out of his cage for about 6 to 8 hours a day. He has a playstation that he hangs around. He loves looking out the window watching the other birds. If for some reason I cannot get him out of his cage you can hear him squawking from a good distance.
I hope you enjoy your new bird as much as I enjoy mine!Share This: