Birds

Birds make fantastic pets. They don't require a lot of space, so they can be kept in apartments or units that aren't suitable for other types of pets such as dogs. They are great company, and it can be very relaxing to listen to their cheerful trilling and chirping. Bird owners are often surprised at how clever birds can be, particularly parrots. Their cheeky antics can be amusing and enjoyable to watch.

There are many different breeds of birds, and species tend to have unique personality and behaviour traits. Some of the more popular breeds are budgerigars, cockatiels, lovebirds and canaries. Before choosing a bird, do some research into different species to identify which would fit best into your lifestyle. For instance, some of the larger parrots (such as cockatoos or Macaws) can be very noisy, destructive (they love to chew) and demanding (they are very intelligent and can become bored easily). You can talk to your local vet, bird club, read books or search online about different bird species.

It is a common misconception that birds are an easy or low maintenance pet. They actually require a high standard of care, quality housing, and good environmental enrichment to stay happy and healthy. It is important to note that most birds are highly social (flock) animals – it is therefore unnatural and cruel to leave them alone for long periods of time. Unless you are home most of the day, you may need to be prepared to buy more than one bird.

Bird ownership is a serious commitment for 5-10 years, depending on the type of bird you choose (cockatoos can live 80 years or more!).