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Dear Cathy Cockatiel

I am thinking about adopting a bird. What type of bird makes a good pet?

CATHY RESPONDS

You are wise to ask, because some birds make better pets than others.

Parakeets, canaries, finches, lovebirds – and, of course, cockatiels – are delightful pets, because these species have been domesticated through many decades of captive breeding.

We get along well with people, and most bird lovers find it relatively easy to care for us.

On the other hand, parrots, macaws, cockatoos, conures and toucans remain wild, even when bred in captivity.

Many are difficult to live with because of their destructive behavior, noise and aggression.

In addition, their needs – over life spans of more than 50 years – are greater than an average family can provide.
Continue with your research by reading bird magazines and books, joining a local bird club and volunteering with a shelter or rescue organization to gain hands-on experience.

When you’re ready, adopt from your local animal shelter or bird rescue group, or through www.petfinder.com.

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