Welcome to the world of pet birds
Pet birds make wonderful companions that, with time and proper training, show every bit as much affection for their owners as dogs or cats. They take care of most of their grooming needs on their own by preening their feathers on a daily basis, and their high intelligence makes them far less demanding to train than other animals. As an added bonus, birds aren't usually considered pets by landlords who rent apartment units to tenants.
Even the most exotic pet birds, like parrots and macaws, are relatively inexpensive to maintain. High-quality pellet feed that delivers all the nutrients your pet birds need to maintain their good health generally costs no more than a few dollars, and you can socialize with your bird during meals by sharing fresh fruits and vegetables with your feathered friend. As part of proper care of pet birds, though, remember that these "people foods" are highly toxic to your avian companion:
- Apple seeds
- Tomato leaves
- Dried beans
Factors to think about when considering the different types of pet birds include the size of the bird, the temperament and nature of the bird and the time commitment required to raise and train it. Keep in mind that some bird species grow to very large sizes. Also, some birds prefer to remain aloof and caged, while others need to be let out to stretch their wings and socialize. Some can be taught tricks; others can't be bothered to learn them and prefer to be left alone with their bird toys. You should choose a pet that reflects your own personality and works within your lifestyle.
Because most bird species enjoy significantly longer lives than dogs and cats, they're an ideal choice for people who want to purchase a lifelong pet. It's not uncommon for pet birds to live 20, 30, 40 or even 50 years; some even outlive their human companions.
When you visit your local pet shop, take some time to look around at the various species of pet birds for sale. You'll be amazed at the incredible range of choices available to you. Talking to the professionals who work in the store will help you narrow down your options and choose a pet you'll enjoy for years to come.