National Bird Day: Celebrate Feathery Friends

Celebrate Feathery Friends On National Bird Day

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Do you know what day January 5 is? Well, besides being a Monday (yuck!), it is National Bird Day! In order to celebrate feathery friends, I have compiled a list of top bird breeds that make the best pets. If you haven’t already considered adopting a bird, this list may make you change your mind!

  • Cockatiels: These are one of the most popular breeds to have as a pet. These feathery friends tend to be very affectionate with their owners. Other perks are that they are relatively inexpensive to care for, and they’re easy to take care of, too. While they do not talk, they can whistle and mimic random sounds such as the telephone ringing. These cute, medium-sized birds tend to live for 15-20 years.
  • Parakeets: These animals make great starter pets for children or those who are new to being bird owners. These small birds come in a beautiful array of colors, too. As far as entertainment, whistling is what you’ll hear them do most often, but they might learn a word or two. The average lifespan is 12-14 years.
  • Lovebirds: These are one of the smallest known parrot species. They are pretty birds with a high level of intelligence. But they talk considerably less than other parrot breeds. This characteristic makes them ideal for owners who live in an apartment or condominium. They typically live to be around 20 years old.
  • African Grey: For those who want a talking bird, this is it! With a high level of intelligence, this breed can learn up to 2,000 words. However, since they are such smart animals, they do tend to get bored quickly—which makes them more high maintenance than other birds. They also have a much longer lifespan, at around 50-70 years. That’s a long-time companion!

For more information on feathery breeds, consult with your veterinarian or pet shop owner.

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