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Ten Reasons Why Birds are the Best Pet

Updated on June 23, 2012
A Cockatiel. My first pet bird and great for 1st time buyers.
A Cockatiel. My first pet bird and great for 1st time buyers. | Source

There are many reasons as to why people get the urge to purchase a pet. Whether it's for company purposes, for the family or just because you enjoy owning animals, the same question has to be asked before committing to this responsibility: "What animal should I get?" Cats and dogs are always a popular choice; even fish seem to be sought after due to their easy to maintain living habits.These animals do have lots of individual traits that warrant their popularity, however after five years of owning a pet bird, I believe tame birds are the greatest pet of all.

There are a couple of things you need to know about pet birds in case you want to go out and buy one after this hub:

  • Cut their wings regularly.
  • It has been tamed by a proper breeder before purchase.
  • Don't do some of the perks I mention in the first couple of months.

The bird I previously owned for those who are interested was a cockatiel. This is a great bird for somebody who is looking to buy a pet bird for the first time. Other suggestions are listed below however do further research before you buy to make sure you're purchasing a bird which is similar to your wants in a pet.

10 Reasons as to why birds are the best pet are:

Suitable Birds for 1st Time Owners

  • Cockatiels
  • Budgies
  • Finches
  • Canaries
  • Conures
  • lovebirds

1. Tame birds are cheap to buy and maintain: At just 50 Australian dollars, a tame bird is almost 20 times cheaper than the price of puppies at my local pet shop which sell dogs for around 1000 Australian dollars. Other items like a cage and other toys, accessories and a water dish and feeder can be as little as 50 Australian dollars depending on where you shop. 100 dollars for the bird and a cage/toys, plus reasonable sized boxes of bird feed that last at least two months is extremely cheap for a pet.

2. Tame birds are easy to travel with: Want to go on vacation but don't know what you will do with the pet? Owning a tame bird means that you can go on a holiday and take the bird with you. You can also walk around with a bird on your shoulder once you've trained it enough not to jump off every 20 seconds and providing you clip its wings regularly. 

3. Tame birds are fun to teach tricks: I know you can teach dogs tricks, but with birds, you can teach them to say basic words and noises. After a year or two my Cockatiel could say hello, laugh and mimic the telephone. I taught it a number of other cool tricks similar to a dog like whistling for it to come to me and lots of other neat stuff, however the words and noises it learnt was more enjoyable to teach than tricks I've taught my dog.

4. Tame birds are indoor and outdoor pets: Some issues with pets are they can only stay outdoors which creates some exclusion and separation from its owners as well as when an animal that can only be kept inside. It's difficult to participate in outdoor activities with a fish for example, as you can't play with a fish outside its tank. Tame birds provided their wings are clipped are able to follow you everywhere if you wish. I remember my bird was always with me whether it was watching the football or swimming in the pool, he was always around and could even swim.

5. You can play with a bird while doing other activities: For example if you need to clean the house or wash the car, you are able to keep a tame bird with clipped wings on your shoulder or nearby. You would be surprised how more enjoyable a job can be when your whistling and making other noises to your bird while he/she makes noises back. 

6. It is easy to clean a bird cage: All it takes is a 10 minute scrub down once a fortnight and a change in water every couple of days. Easy.

7. Birds can have longer life spans than other house pets: Although some only live to a similar age of a dog or cat, other birds like cockatoos, and parrots can live anywhere from 30-100+ years. 

8. Birds are funny animals: Although all animals have unique traits, birds seem to be quite quirky and cheeky. For example, whenever a person arrived at my house which my bird wasn't familiar with; he would run up to them and tap their foot with his beak, then look up at them, and do it again. It was only once that person bent down and gave it a pat that it would stop. (It was extremely funny) Another trick it would do if it wanted a pat was it would fly to my shoulder and either poke or nibble my ear with its beak which I found very unique and intriguing.

9. You don't have to worry about tame birds running away: Providing their wings are clipped, it is nearly impossible for birds to run away providing you don't lock your bird out with easy holes to walk under in terms or fences they will never run away. A tame bird knows that it has to stay around its owner and with clipped wings they can’t fly above a metre high in most circumstances. Although you do have to teach it not to run away when you introduce it to the backyard, once that has been established which is easy to do, they don’t try to escape. (Unless you're a bad owner) 

10. Birds are good at entertaining themselves: When it comes to dogs, where my pet dog lives outside, I often see it looking extremely bored even minutes after it getting a pat or a walk. I sometimes feel bad about this even though I cannot be by its side all the time. You don't experience this problem with birds who are very easily entertained. I mean even looking at their own reflection keeps them entertained for hours. This means that guilt doesn't exist if you do have this problem.

11. Tame birds will do the house work: Hahaha just kidding! Maybe in a perfect world!

Pet birds offer a wide variety of traits and personalities depending on what you want in a pet bird. With proper research, you yourself can own one of these beautiful pets and hopefully experience all of the thrills that I have shared. If you want to learn more about my experiences with my pet bird, leave a comment or send me a private message.

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      Richard Lindsay 18 months ago from California

      My family has a couple of birds for pets. They are great and take little time to clean up after. Great post.

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      jackcoburn 4 years ago from Brisbane, Australia

      Thanks for the comment Grant, sorry for such a late reply due to certain circumstances my spare time in general is at a minimum I havn't been able to come on this site in a while.. hope you didn't think you we're being ignored haha and thanks for the comment again. Your birds seem like lots of fun and remind me of great times I had with my bird duffy.

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      Grant N.Z 5 years ago from New Zealand

      I like you. What a fantastic hub. I have 2 birds, billy a budgie and Winter an indian ringneck. Billy waves and shakes hands, flys to my hand when asked, and has a couple off toys that he uses when instruted. He also talks all the time. Winter is also tame but new to the house, he is just learning to talk and when i get home he spends 15 mins shooting a little soccer ball back and forwards across the floor with me. Winters wings are clipped and i aggree with you that wings should always be clipped. I have let Billys wings grow back and he flies around the house. But it is very unwise as just last night he almost landed in the open fire. So i will be clipping his wings again shortly. We like to think birds like to fly. But that's only because that's how we think. Birds are better off with wings clipped and an owner like you. With unclipped wings, if they ever got outside and flew off they would die a slow and lonly death. What sort off owner wants to risk that?? Anyway i just love birds and it gives me hope to see people like you are out there. Most people were i currently work think i am dirrerant because i care for my birds as if they were my children. Great hub and nice to meet you Cheers Grant

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      jackcoburn 5 years ago from Brisbane, Australia

      WhydThatHappen- That's horrible to hear. Was there a reason as to why or did it just decide to do it one day?

      aviannovice- Cheers! :) That's a shame, I know different types of pets are great for different types of people but I just loved to concepts of birds and the cool stuff they could do!

      Thanks to both of you for your comments.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Very nicely done. As a kid, my mother had a parakeet. I have a dog now, but would rather be home more with a bird.

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      WhydThatHappen 5 years ago

      My friends tamed bird flew away one day, and that was that!