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Quick Summaries of the Most Popular Pet Birds
The Friendly Ones: Cockatiel
Cockatiels are the most familiar and popular pet birds, owing to their portly build and a vibrant color range. Many cockatiel breeds are good in small or no-kill homes, such as the most popular hybrid, the Inagua. As with most other cockatiels, a rooster is acceptable, but we do not recommend them. However, they do require adequate space. They may be a little noisy when seeking food, and they should never be left alone. Some cockatiels also have small beaks, which can scratch furniture and irritate children.
Cockatiels are also very sociable; they like to be kept with people of their own species. They also like to nest in large groups, so it is wise to purchase several cockatiels to prevent fighting. If you don’t mind having a few birds, then the friendly cockatiel may be the best pet bird for you.
The Cuties: Budgie
According to The Spruce Pets:
“Temperament. Budgies are gentle and docile birds. … Pairs of birds make good company for each other, but when in living pairs and entertaining one another, they may not bond as well with their owners or mimic speech as fluently. Budgies are also very playful, active, and quieter than some other types of parrots.” If you want playful birds that play well with others, then budgies may be the best pet bird for you.
The Calmest: African Grey Parrot
Sometimes called the queen parrot, this bird is the king of the cockatiel family and might be your first choice. If your ideal pet bird is simply “majestic”, then African Greys are the best pet bird for you.
The Biggest: Macaw
According to WikiPedia:
“Macaws are a group of New World parrots that are long-tailed and often colorful. They are popular in aviculture or as companion parrots, although there are conservation concerns about several species in the wild.”
They are also known to be beautiful, intelligent, and affectionate. You will need to be able to deal with their loudness and attitudes. If you don’t mind a pet bird with a lot of personality (and you have a lot of room for these large birds), then macaws may be the best pet bird for you.
The Most Popular: Canary
A medium-sized, black and white bird, the Canary is an avid hunter, making it perfect for a family who loves to watch the birds fly around their home. If your ideal pet bird is one you can watch fly around, then canaries may be the best pet bird for you.
“According to WikiPedia, Conures are a diverse, loosely defined group of small to medium-sized parrots. They belong to several genera within a long-tailed group of the New World parrot subfamily Arinae. The term ‘conure’ is used primarily in bird keeping, though it has appeared in some scientific journals. The American Ornithologists’ Union uses the generic term parakeet for all species elsewhere called conure, though Joseph Forshaw, a prominent Australian ornithologist, uses conure.”
These birds are known to tame easily and to be fast language learners. If all this sounds great to you, then conures may be the best bird for you.
The Best Singers and Dancers in the Bird World – Parrotlets
Parrotlets are known to be lively and willful. It is often recommended to only get one parrotlet, as they may bond more with each other at the exclusion of their owner. If you don’t mind having a single bird in your house, then parrotlets may be the best bird for you.