If you’re thinking of having a bird as a companion, there are many popular species to choose from, but all have unique socialization quirks that are worth learning about. Species that provide good company for humans often require a lot of attention. Here we show you 5 of the most popular birds to take care of in your home.
The budgerigar, or parakeet, is a wonderful bird for those who are new to bird keeping; they are intelligent and playful, requiring less space and maintenance than larger bird species. Parakeets are quite intelligent despite their small size, and while most are content to whistle and sing, many have been known to learn words and phrases. These hardy little birds come in a variety of beautiful colors and their average life expectancy is 12 to 14 years.
These medium sized birds are a delight to keep. From the parrot family, these native Australian birds are known for their amazingly advanced whistling and singing abilities. Although cockatoos are capable of learning to speak, many owners find that their birds prefer to whistle and imitate peculiar sounds, such as a telephone ringing. These birds can be found in increasingly diverse color combinations and have an average life expectancy of between 15 and 20 years.
Canaries are excellent companion birds and very popular in homes. Since most varieties are only 12cm (or less), canaries require less space than almost any other bird species in the home. Unlike parrots, which are hard-billed, canaries are known as soft-billed birds; and it is that they have somewhat flexible and waxy beaks.
These little birds thrive in small flocks and generally pay little attention to humans, making them the perfect pets for those who love to watch birds, but want a companion bird that requires less interaction. A canary can live up to 10 years if it is well cared for.
Lovebirds are one of the smallest parrot species. These colorful little birds should not be overlooked in favor of the larger and more demanding parrots, as they are capable of possessing all the intelligence and personality of the larger macaw. These birds are fairly quiet companions, making them ideal for apartment dwellers. The lovebird has a life expectancy of up to 20 years.
5. Monk parrot
The monk parrot is actually a small parrot. He is well known for his ability to build a large vocabulary of words and phrases. The more you talk around its cage, the more this bird will pick up the words and be able to imitate them. Monk parrots have a lot of intelligence and are very singing. In addition, they have a life expectancy of 20 to 30 years.
And you? Do you have a bird at home? Remember that at our Glòries Veterinary Hospital in Barcelona we have the right professionals to take care of your birds and other exotic animals. Make an appointment and take care of the health of your winged companion!