Unfortunately, most birds can live for a very long time. Some species can even outlive their humans living over 50 years old. There are times when their long life spans puts them at risk of becoming homeless in the future.
Birds can be high maintenance. While I would like to keep a pet bird again some day in the future, I know there are several species I would probably not be able to commit to in the long run. Before adopting, it's best to do your research and find out which type of bird is best for you. You should also make sure to research care for your pet bird before bringing one home.
I've put together a short list of pet birds that make excellent pets for both beginners and veteran bird owners. BONUS: All of the birds featured here are adoptable! January is Adopt a Rescued Bird Month after all.
|Parakeets Stormy and Sailor are looking for new homes in Kennesaw, GA. Check out their Petfinder profile HERE.|
Parakeets or "Budgies" are probably one of the most well-known pet birds. They are small parrots that have a lifespan of about 5-8 years. Parakeets are intelligent birds that can be taught to talk, sing, whistle, and do tricks. They come in large array of colors, including green, yellow, blue, white, and others.
If you'd like to see just how awesome parakeets are, check out this video from famous talking parakeet friend, Disco, below.
|Jack is an adoptable Cockatiel in Kanab, UT. Click HERE for his adoption profile.|
I often see people confusing Cockatiels and Cockatoos. While closely related, they are two very different birds. Cockatiels are small parrots who live about 15-20 years. Cockatiels can talk, but are more likely to learn whistles. Cockatiels are popular pet birds and are fairly easy to care for, as far as birds are concerned. They can be described as sweet and will bond closely with their human.
|Pippen is a Green-Cheeked Conure available for adoption in Denver, CO. Petfinder profile is HERE.|
There are many different types of conures. Popular Conures include Sun Conures, Blue Crowned Conure, and Green Cheek Conure. All of them are beautiful birds with big personalities. They are usually spunky and like to make their humans laugh. Conures can also learn to talk. They can live anywhere from 10-30 years, depending on their care and which kind of Conure.
|Finches available for adoption (including Claire the Finch) in Denver, CO. See her Petfinder profile HERE.|
Finches are small birds that come in an array of colors and patterns. There are hundreds of different varieties of finches. These birds are perfect for someone who would like to keep a pet bird, but don't want to take on the responsibility of keeping a parrot. Finches will likely not be a bird that you can hold or pet like a parrot, but they will be happy flying around in a large cage with other finches. They are relatively quiet birds, and do not make high-pitched screeching noises like many parrots do.
|Stitch is available for adoption in Woodbridge, NJ. Check out his Petfinder profile.|
Parrotlets are adorable and very small parrots. Parrotlets can learn to talk, but are not capable of screaming like their larger cousins. Parrotlets do have long life spans and can live over 20 years. They come in a variety of colors including, green, yellow, and blue. A parrotlet can become a tame bird, if they are handled and played with everyday. Otherwise, they may end up nipping you. But this is true for any kind of parrot.
Have you ever kept a bird as a pet? If you were going to adopt a pet bird, which kind would you like to have? Tell us in the comments!
For more information about bird adoption, here are some resources: