Birds make fantastic pets. They are friendly, playful, and extremely social. Most species are relatively easy to care for, but they require time and attention, so make sure that you can properly provide for one before deciding to buy.
Here are the top 10 best pet birds to consider:
10. Pionus Parrots
Only a few species of Pionus parrots are commonly kept in captivity. Among these species are the Maximillian, White-capped, and Blue-headed Pionus parrots.
Pionus parrots tend to be pretty quiet. In fact, they are substantially less energetic than most other types of parrots. They also don’t enjoy too much hands-on play. Still, like any other parrot, they require a good deal of attention and companionship.
9. Monk Parakeets
Monk parakeets are also relatively quiet birds, though they are great talkers and can learn to speak very early on. Monk parakeets are becoming one of the most popular types of birds to teach to talk.
Monk parakeets have big personalities, and they are very sociable, intelligent, and sweet. They are fairly small and easy to maintain, and can be amused by simple toys such as toilet paper rolls.
8. Senegal Parrots
Senegal parrots are another great choice if you live in an apartment or are limited on space. They do make squawks and high-pitched whistles but will generally be quiet between such moments of excitement.
Senegal parrots can bond to humans very quickly. Wild parrots are difficult to tame, but Senegal parrots are easy to breed and hand rear in captivity, and a small industry has sprung up around them.
7. Amazon Parrots
Amazon parrots are popular due to their intelligence and, especially, their ability to speak and mimic all sorts of sounds. They make great pets or companion parrots and can live up to 50 years!
Amazon parrots are extremely loyal and affectionate. They have big personalities that vary with each individual bird. They are also very playful and dexterous with their feet, making it a joy to watch them play.
Macaws are playful, personable, and known for their beautiful blue coloring. They have large beaks and very long tails, with bright yellow patches around their eyes. Macaws love to interact with humans, and they have excellent mimicry skills.
These parrots are easy to care for and don’t require much beyond vegetables and grains in their diet. They are fairly large but not as big as some other popular pet birds.
Cockatoos come in 21 different species and can range greatly in size. They tend to have beautiful plumage and come in many different colors.
Cockatoos are personable, intelligent, loving, and very gentle birds. They are not among the best talkers, but their engaging personalities more than make up for it. They love people and require a lot of social interaction.
Conures are small to medium-sized parrots that are usually typified by their green coloring. They are playful, affectionate, and love getting attention. They don’t have overly large spatial or care requirements, and they don’t tend to be too noisy either.
Conures can say a few words but don’t usually talk too much. Still, they bond easily to their owners. They are calm, gentle birds that don’t usually destroy their toys.
3. African Grey Parrots
African greys are one of the priciest birds to own initially, but they make wonderful and extremely rewarding pets. Plus, while the initial cost may be high, the subsequent cost of upkeep is very reasonable.
African greys are intelligent and affectionate. They love attention but can also be very independent. Still, you need to make sure that you set aside the one-on-one playtime needed to keep these lovely birds happy.
Cockatiels are a cockatoo species, but they deserve their own place on this list because they are trendy pet birds in their own right. Cockatiels are great for first-time bird owners and are loved by experienced owners as well.
Cockatiels are affectionate and some of them even love to snuggle. They are easy to cage and don’t require too much space. They are also among the least expensive pet birds to buy and maintain.
Budgerigars, more often known as parakeets or budgies, are the most common pet birds. They are small, playful, very energetic, and easy to care for. Budgies are great talkers and can mimic many other sounds. They are charming, come in a variety of colors, and are very social.
These tiny parrots make a great first pet for a small child, as long as the parent is committed to properly caring for them as well.
Which Bird Should You Get?
Now that you know some of the most popular pet birds available, you have to choose the best one for you. Consider your spatial limits, the cost, and the fact that these little guys need a lot of attention, and you’ll be able to give a bird a delighted home.