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Benefits Of Owning a Bird

Introduction

Birds make great pets. Not only are they unique and different from the boring, cat or dog, but they also make great companions. A bird is known as an 'exotic pet'. There are all different types of bird species that can be domesticated and can make an awesome addition to any household.

Birds That Can Be Kept As Pets

If you're looking to adopt a bird as a pet then check out these common pet birds:

  • African Gray Parrot
  • Yellow-headed Amazon
  • Eastern Rosella
  • Red-billed Parrot
  • Galah
  • Little Corella
  • Military Macaw
  • Zebra Finch
  • Crimson Rosella
  • Citron-crested Cockatoo
  • Cockatiel
  • Turquoise Parrot
  • Scaly-breasted Munia
  • Rosy-faced Lovebird
  • Pekin duck
  • Pied Crow
  • Monk Parakeet
  • Panama Amazon
  • Orange-winged Amazon
  • Pale-headed Rosella
  • Crimson Rosella

The above birds are just some of the birds that are kept as pets across the world. There are over 131 species of birds that are known to be great pets.

Why Are Birds Great Pets?

A bird can be a great pet for a number of reasons, here are the benefits of owning a bird.

They are intelligent: A bird ranks near the top of the animal kingdom, when it comes to intelligence. They are captivating, interesting and knowledgeable pets. You can teach a bird practically anything, from how to speak to how to act human like.

They are easy to care for: Unlike a dog, you do not need to walk a bird or have to worry about house-breaking a bird. Birds are typically placed inside cages, when not out flying around the house. A bird does not require too much maintenance as they usually will do their business inside a cage and when it comes to play time, they are simply just happy hanging around the house and finding cool places to perch.

They are social creatures: A bird is known to bond with humans much quicker than a cat or dog would. They are affectionate and loving, and trust their owners very easily.

They are inexpensive to feed: A bird is very simple to keep happy when it comes to food. A bird will eat practically any fruits and vegetables, which is why so many owners put aside a separate portion of greens and fruits for their feathery friends when making dinner. Remember though, a bird should also be fed a high quality pelleted diet.

They are pretty: There's no denying that a bird is a gorgeous creature. From their beautiful feathers to their interesting and funny behaviors, they are definitely one of the most gorgeous creatures on earth. A bird can offer you the entertainment that a dog or cat cannot!

They live for a long time: A bird can live for up to 100 years. If you're looking for a pet that you can depend on being around for a very long time, then a bird is a great choice for you.

Tips and comments

When adopting a bird, consider these things:

Do you have enough room for your bird to explore? A bird needs some time out of his or her cage to explore and play, just like any pet.

Do you have other pets that could cause harm to the bird? At times, other pets may not get along with a bird. Cats are known to chase birds and at times kill them, so it's not a good idea to adopt a bird if you have a feisty cat as a pet already.

Can you deal with the noise? There's no denying that birds are loud creatures. They may begin singing or being noisy early in the morning or at night, when you're trying to sleep. Therefore, adopting a bird as a pet is probably only a good choice for those individuals who have a lot of patience.

By Nicole Marie, published at 03/01/2012
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