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There are so many different types of birds. They come in all sizes and colors. While groups or types of birds, such as the macaws or the finches, will have a shared set of normal behaviors, every individual bird comes with its own unique characteristics and temperament as well.

Getting the right bird starts with gathering bird information on the different types of birds. Some birds like handling, yet others are simply fun to watch. Some are great talkers while others have a beautiful song. There are exotic pet birds that are loved because they are very colorful, with others are enjoyed because they are full of antics.

Learn all you can about the type of bird you are getting. Equipped with knowledge and understanding, you will have a better idea of what to expect. You'll then be able to provide the pet bird care it needs and the result will be maximum enjoyment with your pet.

After that, go to the individual bird you are interested in to learn about it. If you know about the type of bird you are getting, then you will know what to expect. Knowledge and understanding will make living with your bird a wonderful experience for you, and it will be great for your bird too!

What kind of bird is right for you and your family? Here are some general guidelines:

Low-maintenance, low-dollar option: Zebra finches. These colorful, small, hardy and relatively inexpensive birds live seven to 10 years. They are not as social with their human caretakers as other species, but do need company of their own kind, so you must keep at least a pair.

Cheerful and chirpy option: Canary. These singing birds are like finches in that they do not enjoy human handling. But they don’t like to share a cage, either, and are content with attention solely from their owners.

Fun option: Budgies and cockatiels. Budgies, erroneously known as parakeets, enjoy perching on your shoulder and can be taught to mimic words. They are great for children. Cockatiels are about twice the size of budgies and have an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years. They’re smart, love to be handled and can be very talkative.

High Maintenance, High Dollar: Parrots and Cockatoos. Alhough parrots and cockatoos are more work to care for, the reward of campanionship in return is hard to parallel. They’re smart, very talkative, and with a proper upbringing love to be handled. They are not always the best family pet as they tend to bond closely to just one person, although this is not always the case. They come in a variety of sizes, and some can live upwards of 80 years!

Cage

With all the different sizes, colors, and models of bird cages today, it's easy to become overwhelmed when shopping for a home for your pet. One thing to look at when selecting a cage is the bar spacing. Small birds require cages with bars no more than a half inch apart, while large birds need bars to be strong enough to withstand their powerful beaks.


Play Stand

When your bird is out of the cage on a bird playstand and interacting with your family, it can play with toys on toy hooks, get much needed scratches as family members pass by, and participate in daily activities such as meal time. Bird playstands help give your bird a natural sense of being in a flock, intellectual stimulation, exercise and peace of mind.


Interactive Toys

There are a variety of bird toys available to suit your birds of needs. Select bird toys that are appropriate for the type and size of your bird. Bird toys that are too small will break under the pressure of large beaks. Bird toys that are too large may frighten smaller birds.


Bird Food

Although seed has been the traditional staple of a bird’s diet, most experts now recommend pelleted food formulated for your bird’s species, which provides optimum nutrition with less mess. Birds also enjoy fresh veggies and fruits, including dark leafy greens, carrots, broccoli, apples, pears, melon and kiwi. Fresh, cold water should be available at all times.


Treats

Bird treats help you round out your bird's diet, which should never rely too heavily on one type of food! Bird treats range from stick treats that can keep your bird busy for hours to loose treats that can be hand fed - a great reward for training, or just some much appreciated interaction! Or try putting loose treats in a treat holder for an instant food-filled bird toy!


Cage Liners & Litter

Using shredded paper for bird litter isn't a great idea - it's not very absorbent, and you'll have to clean up frequently to maintain good hygiene and avoid odors. Use bird litter instead! Made of natural materials that won't harm birds if eaten, and environmentally friendly, bird litter is the best way to keep your bird's home comfortable and clean.

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