Just like with any pet, getting one should NEVER be an impulse, but rather should be a carefully considered decision that takes into account the pet’s nutritional needs, habitat requirements, health issues and longevity. Do your homework BEFORE you bring home that new addition to your family.
In the case of birds, because they are small, some people might think, how much care can they need? The answer is that they need JUST as much – if not more – care than a dog, cat, rabbit or any other type of pet.
In deciding if a pet bird is right for your family, consider that:
IMPORTANT NOTE: Keep in mind that most birds have a long lifespan. In fact, your pet bird may end up out-living you! Keep this mind as you are choosing a pet.
Sample bird life spans
Finches – 15 years Canaries – 15 years Budgies – 15 years
Cockatiels – 20 years Lovebirds – 20 years Conures – 30 years
Amazons – 50 years-plus African Greys – 50 years-plus Cockatoos – 65 years-plus
Macaws – 60 years-plus
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