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Choosing the Right Pet Bird

Are you considering getting a pet bird? If you’ve never owned a bird before, or are unfamiliar with the various traits and characteristics of different types of birds, choosing the right type of bird may be a bit daunting. Different types of birds can have very different mannerisms, needs, and behavior, so you’ll want to do proper research to find the bird that is perfect for you. In this article, your veterinarian Milford goes over a few things to consider when choosing a bird.

Vocalizations

Do you want a bird that fills your home with song? Or would you prefer a quieter pet that is less vocal? Parrots, Cockatoos, some Conures, and Macaws all tend to be quite loud, while finches, particularly canaries; Lories; doves; and parakeets tend to be quieter, or at least lower in volume. If you want a talking bird, African Gray Parrots, Amazon parrots, and some Cockatoos are good choices.

Size

The bigger the bird, the more space it will require. Large birds will also eat more, and therefore will make more messes, than smaller birds. They may also cost more to purchase than a smaller bird would. Consider how much space you can allocate to a birdcage. Canaries and finches are among the smallest pet birds. Cockatiels, Lovebirds, small parakeets and parrotlets are slightly larger. On the larger end of the spectrum are African Grey and Amazons Parrots, small Cockatoos, and large Conures. The largest birds commonly found as household pets are large Cockatoos and Macaws.

Temperament

Do you want a tame, friendly bird that enjoys spending time with you? Or would you rather have a bird that is beautiful to look at but may not be as sociable? Parrots can be very friendly, and enjoy some cuddle time with their humans, while finches and canaries don’t care to be handled very much. A bird’s temperament will depend not only on what type of bird it is, but will also be affected by that bird’s unique personality and history.

Do you have any questions about caring for a pet bird? Please contact us, your vet clinic Milford, any time we can be of any assistance at all. To read more pet care articles, please click here.

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