Things to consider before
buying a bird
Affordability: The price of on parrot varies in large bounds in dependence with
the species. Therefore, keep in mind your budget before deciding to purchase a bird.
Space Requirement: Larger birds and even some of the small ones are very active
physically and need big cages and space in which to play.
Our free time for the bird: Birds are intelligent, playful and social creatures. We need to
give proper time for the bird. Playing with the bird, feeding, taking care of the bird and its cage etc are some of
the important activities for which we need to spend quality time. Don't buy a bird if you think that you will soon
get bored of it.
One kind of bird might require more attention than you can give
while another variety of bird might be perfect to fit your family's busy schedule.
Also consider the fact that birds live fairly long. A small
parrot cockatiel lives for 20 years and more. Amazona or African grey parrot can live for 50, 60 and there are
documented cases for birds that lived up to the respectable age of 100 years. We need to assess whether we can be
able to devote our time daily for such long periods of time. It is not unusual to inherit birds from previous
Noise that the bird makes: Budgies and cockatiel are comparatively quiet. They are suitable
to look after in a flat. Cockatoos are having loud and harsh voice and are considered very noisy.
The African grey parrot tends to be one of comparatively
non-noisy parrots. Certainly, there are individual differences between birds.
No one will be happy with a bird that makes loud noises
throughout the night.
Beak capacity: Birds with strong beaks, when you let them out of their cages to
play, can damage furniture, books, etc.
Birds can be messy: Potential bird owners should know that birds can be messy, will
waste a good portion of their food, and will most likely have a wonderful time launching various titbits out from
between the bars of their cages to the floor below.
Special Food needs: You need to be aware about the special food needs of the bird.
Purchase such bird only when you can afford such special food and such food is readily available in your
Do some research: Visiting a local pet store can be a great place to begin gaining
knowledge. Don't be afraid to ask the store workers any questions you have about owning a bird or about the
differences between varieties of birds. Learn as much as you can before you make your final choice.
Take the time to educate your entire family on the bird. After
you have taken the time to learn, teach your family important facts about the bird and about the needs the bird
will have when it becomes a part of your family. Especially your children need to have a proper understanding
that a pet bird will not be all fun and games.