Cockatiels, African Greys, Budgies, Conures, Macaws, Canaries, Cockatoos, Amazon Parrots, Poicephalus Parrots, Pionus Parrots, Quaker Parrots, Parrotlets, Doves, Finches… the list of amazing pet birds is endless. The most amazing thing about birds is that each type has its own personality, traits and characteristics. And with so many types and varieties, there is a perfect bird pet for everyone.
Before choosing a feathered friend you need to ask yourself:
- Is this an impulse purchase or long-term wish. Birds have long life spans and require certain levels of care and maintenance.
- Can you afford the costs of vet care, bird food, toys and equipment
- Do you have enough time to interact with the bird. Birds are social creatures and enjoy spending time and playing games with the owner.
If you are sure that you want a feathered bestie and are prepared to be bird parent, the next step is to choose the type of bird. It is important to understand that different bird types have different needs and require different maintenance approaches. If you have troubles deciding which bird suits your lifestyle best, it is recommended to consult with a veterinarian who specializes in birds.
To make things simpler we have compiled a list of the friendliest and low-maintenance pet birds:
1. Budgies – are the most popular pet bird in the world. if properly tamed and cared for, they make excellent friends. They are small, easy to maintain and take well to training and can learn to make many tricks. On top of everything else, they can learn how to talk.
2. Cockatiels – are beautiful birds with captivating appearance and friendly, affectionate personalities. If hand-fed when babies and raised in proper environmental conditions, Cockatiels make amazing pets. They cannot talk, but are extremely intelligent and can learn to mimic frequently heard noises such as doorbell sounds and telephone ringtones.
3. Cockatoos – in spite of their size, they are friendly, loving and affectionate. They make deep and profound bonds with the owners, to whom are extremely devoted. They are immensely social and if you do not interact with them enough, can become depressive. If depressed, they turn to destructive behaviors and obsessive feather plucking.
4. Parrotlets – recently their popularity as pets is on the rise. Parrotlets are known for having personalities much larger than their bodies. Taming them requires patience, time and socialization. If properly handled they are extremely loving and affectionate.
5. Hyacinth Macaws – also known as the ,,gentle giants’’ of the avian world. They are playful, gentle and affectionate with sociable and friendly personalities. They enjoy spend their time cuddling with the owners. Due to their size they require certain conditions, but on the long run having a Macaw is a rewarding experience.
6. Doves – they are excellent especially if you cannot spend too much time with them. Although they enjoy interacting with the owners, they are capable of entertaining them on their own and do not require too much attention. They are also very clean and easy to care for.
7. Finches – are good choices if you do not have too much free time. They prefer socializing with other birds and if provided with several flock mates and proper flight cage, they do not require handling and out of the playtime.
8. Canaries – they require zero handling and prefer to stay inside their cages. They are capable of making delightful sounds and are very pleasant pet birds.