Finding the Right Bird for Your Family

Sure, there are different breeds of dogs and cats, and each has their own personality traits, but no section of the animal kingdom differs more than the world of birds.

If your family has decided to bring home a feathered friend, choosing the right species is absolutely essential. Check out these short descriptions of a few different types of birds. Once you’ve narrowed things down, you can ask your vet for personalized advice.


Parrots are a popular choice with many people. When you hear about a talking bird, it’s definitely a member of this species. However, there are over 350 different kinds to choose from! Some popular choices include cockatiels, macaws, and African Greys.

Parrots are the most interactive animals in the bird world. They love to play, learn new things, and some have even been known to play tricks on the people in their house!

Because parrots are so smart, they require a lot more attention than other birds. This animal is a bad choice if you spend a lot of time away from home, or if you don’t want to spend time training your pet. They can suffer from a wide variety of health problems if neglected, and many engage in feather plucking behavior as a way to deal with their loneliness and stress.


If you’re looking for a bird that’s a bit easier to take care of, consider a songbird. They don’t require the training and attention that parrots do. Although they don’t talk, they will fill your home with beautiful music!

There are many different kinds of songbirds, but the most popular are canaries and finches. They come in many different colors, but they’re all fairly small, which is also a benefit over parrots.

Songbirds don’t much care for human companionship, so they are a bad choice if you want a more interactive pet.

Pigeons and doves

Don’t forget about pigeons and doves! Pigeons have traditionally been kept as messenger birds. They have even been used in races!

Doves are the most common pet choice. However, not all dove species make good pets, so make sure you choose wisely if you decide to adopt one of these birds.

No matter what species you choose, it’s always a good idea to schedule an appointment with your vet to ensure your pet lives a long and healthy life.


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