Birds are easy to care for as pets and they make wonderful companions at home, too. Many of them such as the parrots like being in close contact with people and they are inspired to talk or sing when humans are around. The sound of birds is music to some people and when trained well, domesticated birds can even become great singers as well. Their loyalty and entertainment potential are just some of the reasons why they make terrific pets.
For thousands of years now, birds have been kept as pets around the world and they remain popular to this day. Experts say birds bring a different kind of magic to humans. In fact, recent research has confirmed that certain birds, notably parrots, are among the most intelligent creatures on this planet. Some are even believed to be smarter than cats and dogs.
Top Pet Birds
People new to keeping birds will find the common Parakeet or Budgerigar (Budgies for short) to be a wonderful pet. These birds, which children also love, come in various colors and need less space and maintenance compared to other bigger birds. Despite their small size, the parakeet is very intelligent that it can learn a word or two. It can live to as long as 12 to 14 years.
Lovebirds are one of the smallest known species of parrot. But even though they are tiny (at only 6 inches long), they are intelligent although quiet most of the time. They make good companions for people living in apartments or condominiums and can live up to 20 years.
The cockatiels are medium-sized birds that belong to the parrot family. These birds from Australia are popular for their ability to whistle and sing and even talk. They tend to mimic sounds like a telephone ringing. With a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years, the cockatiels come in so many color combinations.
Other popular pet birds are the finches and canaries measuring at five inches or less. Being small birds, they require very little space unlike other birds. These known softbills or waxbills pay only little attention to humans and can live up to 10 years.