The Best Bird to Have as a Pet

There are hundreds of types of birds in the world. Some are big, others can mimic voices and a handful can do tricks. No matter what, owning a pet bird can be a cool experience, especially if the bird is known for its friendliness and love of cuddles. They are also a lot easier to care for than some other pets.

Let’s take a look at some of the best birds to have a pet. All of these birds can be found at Allan’s Pet Center, so come today and pick out a new feathery friend!

bird 2Cockatiel

Cockatiels are known for their easy-going personality and being friendly and affectionate. They are easy to handle, which means they are good with children. These intelligent birds can sing and respond to their owners; they can mimic sounds, whistle and make fun noises. Though they aren’t known for talking, some can pick up a few words here and there.

They like to stay engaged, so they need to be out of their cage for at least an hour a day to socialize; cockatiels love to be petted. They love to play and listen to the TV or radio. Provide toys, especially mirrors, so they can play.

Cockatiels are a member of the cockatoo family and can live up to 20 years. They come in an array of colors.

Bird 3Conure Bird

These little birds are louder than most. Conures are known to be curious, active and social. They love to be around humans constantly and are even known to take showers with their owners.

They love to dance and can speak a few words. These intelligent birds need stimulation, so have lots of toys. Be warned; they will pick their feathers or screech if there is not enough stimulation or interaction.

Conures come in vibrant colors of red, yellow, orange, green and blue. They can live up to 20 to 30 years.


These adorable little birds are low maintenance and don’t like to play that much, making them the perfect bird for introverts. Finches are best when they are in pairs or small groups, as they are social creatures. Make sure the cage is big enough for the two – or more – of them! They also love to build nests and lay eggs.

As a type of songbird, finches make short, frequent peeping noises. They come in a variety of colors and patterns and can live up to five to 10 years.

Canary Bird

Another low maintenance bird, canaries are cheerful songbirds. Although they can’t talk, these birds are known for their beautiful songs, especially males. The skilled singers can learn songs easily.

Canaries come in different shades of red, orange, yellow and white. They can live up to 10 or so years.


Parakeets, or budgerigars, are one of the most popular pet birds. They are great for children or new bird owners, as they are friendly and affectionate. These small, intelligent birds can whistle, sing and talk. They can even learn tricks!

Even with these big personalities, parakeets are low maintenance birds. They are not loud, though they are chatty. They love to play, especially with toys that have bells or shredded material.

There are dozens of different breeds of parakeets. They come in many different colors and can live up to 10 to 15 years.


The last bird on our list is the lovebird. One of the smallest known parrot species, the adorable lovebird is an intelligent bird that is perfect for smaller living quarters, such as an apartment or condo. These quiet birds are best in pairs, as they need social interaction.

Lovebirds are easy to breed, so if you want more than two, you won’t have to wait long. They can live up to 20 years.

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