Canaries, parakeets, macaws, oh my! You are in the market for a new pet bird, but which bird is best for you?
Dogs are too high maintenance, cats make you sneeze, you find fish boring and snakes give you the heebie-jeebies. What’s left? A bird! Don’t be fooled, however. Birds can be just as high maintenance and expensive as a dog can be. Whether a feathered pet is for you depends on which bird species you choose. Below are the five most common pet bird choices.
- Parakeets come in a variety of colors (thus a very pretty pet) and are content with mostly singing and whistling. The average lifespan of these birds is 12-14 years.
- Cockatiels are also medium-sized and are very good at singing and whistling. They tend to mimic quirky noises rather than words (think: your alarm clock). The average lifespan is 15-20 years.
- Canaries are tiny birds that barely interact with humans. This is the perfect bird for indoor bird-watching and minimal interaction. A canary can live up to 10 years.
- Lovebirds are as intelligent as macaws, but do not speak as much. These are the perfect birds for those who live in an apartment complex and do not wish to annoy their neighbors. Lovebirds can live up to 20 years.
- African Greys are the talkers! Their vocabulary can reach an impressive 2,000 words. These birds are very high maintenance though, as they get bored quickly. But they’re very affectionate. African Greys tend to live for 50-70 years, so consider your own age before getting a young one.
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