When it comes to finances for pet maintenance, birds seem to outrank cats, dogs, and other domestic animals. That is because several bird species need a certain level of attention and some socializing activities, which could be very time-consuming.
But compared to typical four-legged pets, our avian friends are easier to care for. While there is no such species as a no-maintenance bird, there are actually bird species those that do not require much care. Below, we’ll introduce you to five adorable bird species that do not demand so much of your time, but still make great pets!
Doves are medium-sized birds that enjoy spending time with their owners. Unlike the larger bird breeds like macaws and cockatoos, these winged species do not need so much attention. They are just content with spending their day entertaining themselves.
However, because they are smaller than parrots, they don’t produce so much mess, which means the need to clean up the bird cages is reduced. Although it is still important to bond with them, you don’t have to worry so much because they are just quiet. Just keep their bird cages clean and they’ll be contented and happy.
With a comfortable flight cage and a companion to interact with, finches will thrive. They don’t need playtime outside the cage and handling. As long as they are with their same kind, they would socialize. Believe it or not, they would rather interact with their fellow finches than their humans.
In general, finches can be very messy. Then again, when it comes to their social needs, they could handle them. As an owner, all you have to do is to feed them with the right foods, provide them clean water, and clean up their bird cages once in a while.
Among the birds listed on this post, cockatiels require the most maintenance. And like budgies, they need a certain amount of handling and out of the cage playtime every single day.
Yet, cockatiels are not that demanding compared to their larger relative species. Even if they don’t talk, they are among the intelligent bird species. They can be trained to do tricks and follow commands.
If you can spare at least 2 to 3 hours of your day for your pets, cockatiels make an excellent choice for pets. But to ensure they stay comfortable throughout the day, be sure to get them a large cage to allow them to spread their wings and fly.
Do you want to raise pet birds? Do you want to train your pet bird? Do you want them to talk? Do you want to hold them once in a while? Can you spend at least a minute of your day? If your answer to all the questions is yes, then a budgie is the best option for you.
Even if budgies enjoy bonding with their owners like the rest of the parrot species, they are easier to entertain and keep occupied. Budgies that have a very spacious bird cage, equipped with interesting toys and other essentials, can thrive. But still, owners need to devote about an hour or two for socializing with them.
Apparently, this is very much contrary to other parrot species. More often than not, typical parrots require four to six hours a day, outside the cage. So, if you like to raise parrots and you cannot commit a couple of hours for them, consider a budgie.
For pet owners, who prefer to raise pets that can just be heard and seen, canaries are the perfect choice. Like finches, they don’t appreciate human handling. Instead, they prefer to be within the corners of their bird cages.
While there are many different canary types to choose from, these small birds still make great pets, especially for those who can’t spare time for pets.
As their name suggests, lovebirds are affectionate and very charming. As pets, they would really appreciate time spent with you. But you don’t really have to look after them as much as you do with your fur babies. These little species like to be placed in your shirt pocket.
Because they are “love” birds, they must be kept as a pair, unless you can devote a lot of time with them.
Overall, birds make great pets. But when it comes to deciding which pet bird species to raise, do your homework and research. Of course, aside from researching, be sure you know a thing or two about their food and bird cages. You don’t want them to feel cramped up in one tiny space. As for their diet, speak with a specialist or a veterinarian. For sure, he knows better. Now, raising pet birds may look and feel easy, but honestly, they are not. Hopefully, this list can help you decide.