Friendly Bird Species That Make Great House Pets
Tue, April 20, 2021

Friendly Bird Species That Make Great House Pets

A lot of things must be put into consideration before bringing home a pet bird. You should consider how much time you or someone else needs to allot for their care, and how much space you can allow for the bird / Photo by: ArtOfPhotos via Shutterstock

 

Your family might be ready for a new pet, but most likely everyone will be expecting a dog or a cat coming into the picture as the newest member of the household even though there may be a couple of both animals (or even more) already around. So why not go for variety this time? Instead of having another furry pet, you can have a winged and feathered one that can also be a great pet since they are low-maintenance and friendly as well. 

Woman’s Day Magazine, an American women's magazine that covers topics like food, nutrition, and physical fitness, mentioned in their article that for pet birds you have different breeds to choose from. They also have different looks, personalities, and needs. If you are interested in getting one, it is important to know their qualities in order to make sure which type will fit your family’s lifestyle. 

A lot of things must be put into consideration before bringing home a pet bird. You should consider how much time you or someone else needs to allot for their care, and how much space you can allow for the bird. It is also best to research beforehand regarding the basic needs of the bird such as the kind of food they eat, and whether they love human interaction. To set you onward to becoming the new owner of a pet bird, here are some of the most popular and best breeds to consider.

 

Parakeet

Parakeets are also called Budgies or Budgerigar. They make the best pet birds for good reason. The Spruce Pets, a website that provides articles about taking care of pets, mentioned that when these birds are properly trained and cared for, they can be very friendly and affectionate. When they are trained, these birds can nibble out of their owner’s hand, whistle a tune, and learn basic commands just like a typical housepet. 

However, pet owners must watch out for medical conditions that usually afflict parakeets. Sometimes, they can catch bacterial infections, viruses, or parasites. This is why bird owners should take them to the vet for their regular check-ups. These birds can have a fungal infection called avian gastric yeast, which attacks the stomach lining and it keeps parakeets from digesting their food properly.

 

Cockatiels

According to Pet Central, an organization that provides assistance to pet owners, cockatiels are pint-sized parrots that are members of the cockatoo family. This bird species is known for its sunny and easy-going personality.

If you believe that you want to have some cockatiels in your house, make sure that they have enough room in their cage so that they can spread their wings. These birds will also need perches of different types of materials. Cockatiels are also fond of taking a bath in their water bowls so make sure that you will have a bowl big enough for them. 

Cockatiels are also trainable to mimic sounds. If trained properly, these birds are capable of speaking words and phrases. They can also sing, whistle, and make different kinds of noises. 

According to Pet Central, cockatiels are pint-sized parrots that are members of the cockatoo family. This bird species is known for its sunny and easy-going personality / Photo by: Alena Gerasimova via Shutterstock

 

Canaries

These cheerful birds are also good-natured singers. They are perfect for families who are often busy since they only require a low amount of TLC. The canaries will be satisfied in a cage with ample room. Anne Staudenmaier, VMD, an associate veterinarian at the Avian and Exotic department at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, said that the cage should be at least two-to-three feet tall.

This will allow the canaries to have room to fly. Make sure that their perch is set up at different heights. Put a couple of water bowls and food bowls in their cage, and you can give them commercial pellets and vegetables like kale, spinach, and sweet potatoes. 

 

Hyacinth Macaw

These birds are also known as “gentle giants.” Despite being the largest of all parrots, these birds are sociable and friendly. It is said that they love spending time playing and cuddling with their owners. Because of their size, it can be difficult for most people to provide adequate housing for them. 

However, if an owner manages to take good care of them, they can expect that the Hyacinth Macaw will reward them with incredible friendship. They can grow at least 40 inches and weigh up to 42 to 51 lbs.

These birds are also known as “gentle giants.” Despite being the largest of all parrots, these birds are sociable and friendly / Photo by: Erika Kirkpatrick via Shutterstock

 

Finches

Finches thrive when they are kept in pairs. However, if you do not wish for your pet to breed, keep two males or two females in a cage. Similar to canaries, these birds can entertain themselves as long as their owners provide them with a big cage to fly around in. They also love it when their cages are hung out in the family or living room. To play with them, pet owners can provide foraging toys and materials for them to make nests. 

Finches are not capable of learning human words but they are very vocal. One pet writer said their vocalization sounds like they’re gossiping about the humans. The beep, beep, beep, beep—I just think they’re very appealing in that way,” she added.

Whatever kind of bird you get, making sure that you afford it the same tender, loving care you give to your cats and dogs guarantees that it will give the same love back, in its own cute little way.