As a general rule, the bigger the bird, the bigger the commitment. But don’t be put off; large birds can make excellent companions. They’re just louder, messier and generally more demanding than smaller feathered friends.
If you’re a novice, it may be best to start small. Before buying a bird realistically think about how much bird you can handle; consider training and housing needs, as well as how much company the bird should have.
2. It’s all about attitude
Some birds like to come out of their cage and socialise, others would prefer you to look and not touch. It’s important to know which kind you’re looking for.
Different bird species have different personalities and characters. African Grey Parrots will be completely different to a Budgie. You need to make sure you research the species you’re interested in, ensuring you’re compatible before you choose.
3. A little lovin’ care
Find out what your preferred choice of bird needs to eat and the maintenance involved. Again, all birds are different. Some birds need a very specific diet or other special care.
For example, Louries, have highly specialized digestive systems which require them to be fed a diet of pollen, nectar and fruit. This means they produce liquid droppings – messy!
4. Cheap, cheap… may be not!
Some birds are vastly more expensive than others. The initial purchase price of larger birds is likely to be more and can go into thousands of pounds. These birds also require larger cages and accessories, which bumps up the expense. However even smaller birds, although initially less expensive, can still rack up a substantial bill.
And don’t forget some birds can live over 100 years. Throughout this time you’re responsible for feeding, housing and providing veterinary care, so it can be a long term financial obligation. Make sure you can afford the bird you choose.
5. Do you have the time?
Some birds, particularly hookbills, require daily exercise, interaction, and time out of the cage. If you can’t spare at least two hours a day to socialise with your bird, you’ll need to choose an independent type; perhaps a Finch or Canary.
Don’t buy a bird that you don’t have time for. You want a bird that’s compatible with your lifestyle to ensure he stays healthy and happy. That way, you can both enjoy a great life.