Picking a pet bird

When selecting a pet bird, choose one that is right for your situation.  Impulse buying of pet birds can lead to problems.

 Important considerations include:

  • Space requirements

  • Amount of care required

  • Life span

  • Cost

  • Whether or not it was hand fed

  • Noisiness

  • Age

  • Sex.

 
Most captive bred birds are now hand-fed. This practice results in much tamer and better-adjusted pets.  Hand-fed youngsters are often 2-5 times more expensive than wild-caught imported birds of the same species. Not all hand-fed birds are equal. Young birds, which are simply fed and then left isolated until the next feeding, are not as human-friendly as birds, which get lavished with extra attention between and at meal times.

Younger birds are easier to tame and train. They may also come with a health agreement or guarantee, which the mature bird usually, does not. For most common breeds of cage birds (Budgies, cockatiels), it is best to get a bird which is 2-3 months old.

In many species there is marked difference between the temperaments of male and females.  Male budgies are usually better talkers and less aggressive than females of this species. If you are interested in a singing canary, you will want to purchase a male. Female cockatiels are thought to be less aggressive than their male counterparts.

Before making your final decision. Go and visit your nearest bird park, e.g. Bester Birds, or Monte Casino Bird Park and ask the handlers more questions about the bird you would like to buy.

Please read out article on Bird care tips for more information on how to care for your new pet bird.