Birds As Pets


Adventure Pets regularly offers a variety of different pet birds. Fancy Parakeets, Cockatiels, Finches, Lorikeets, Parrotlets, Canaries, Amazons, Macaws, and Cockatoos can all be found. Check our Bird in stock page for pictures of available birds today!

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Birds can make great pets; the key is choosing the right one for you. There can be big differences in their care and time requirements as well as their personality. While not the lowest cost or maintenance pets most bird owners wouldn't trade their feathered friend for the world. Read on for some help in deciding which might be the best bird for you.

Choosing the best bird for you

There are a number of reasons that people consider a bird as a pet. Some are impressed by striking plumage, others by their melodic songs or unique ability to mimic human speech and still others by the feeling they give of bringing a piece of nature into our homes. The majority of species kept belong to the parrot and finch families and these two have very different characteristics and requirements.

Parrots versus Finches

While a big Macaw or Amazon Parrot usually comes to mind when most people hear the term "parrot" there are about 350 species of parrots. Amost all are found in the southern hemisphere of both the Old and New World. About 330 of these are in the Psittacidae family referred to as the true parrots and about 20 in the Cacatuidae family known as the cockatoos.

There are about 400 species of finches worldwide. Most finches belong to one of three families. These are the fringillidae, known as the true finches, the Estrildidae family that contains the grass and parrot finches as well as the waxbills and mannikins and the third is the Ploceidae family containing the weavers and whydahs.


There are more species of finches than parrots but they are more similar in size and care than the parrots. While most finches are small 4-6 inch seedeaters the parrots range from finch-sized species to the big macaws that can reach more than 3 feet. Their natural diets can be just as different also so researching the needs of the particular type of parrot you plan to keep is important.


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The biggest difference to most people however is that parrots bond strongly to their owner and finches don't. This one fact really defines the type of personal relationship that you can have with your pet.

While finches may get used to sitting on a finger they rarely learn to enjoy handling and seem to prefer time spent just being a finch. Their attraction to those that keep them lie in their beautiful song and the active communities that they form.

Parrots on the other hand can't sing a hoot but do actually seem to enjoy time spent interacting with their owners. In fact many behavior problems with parrots stem from not getting enough quality time with their keeper. This means that parrots are not the best choice for those with hectic schedules or who may have to travel.


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The average lifespan also varies considerably with captive finches averaging between 5 to 10 years depending on the species. The smaller parrot species start in this range but lengthens as the size of the species increase. The largest parrots can be with you for life. Because of their long lifespan and the strong bond they form with their keeper older parrots experience a lot of stress when they get a new home. Realize that these are averages and some individuals given good care can live nearly twice as long.

Cage size

Cage size is another consideration with finches, lovebirds, budgies and cockatiels can be kept in a cage that fits on a table the big parrots and cockatoos need a cage that can be as big as a refrigerator.


Noise is something else you need to think about. While the finches and smaller parrots don't tend to be a problem for most even the smaller mid-sized parrots can and do at least occasionally get loud. If you live in an apartment remember that a person is always more tolerant of their own pet than those of their neighbors.

This information should help get you started on deciding which type of bird might be best for you. Once you decide be sure to do your homework on your pet so that the both of you get the most enjoyment out of your relationship.