Considering new pet birds, maybe a Cockatiel?

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After years of dreaming, planning and preparing, I moved onto a small piece of country property where I could have more – and more kinds – of animals than were previously allowed in my old suburban neighborhood and now I am considering new pet birds.

My horses live with me now, and I have added more pet chickens. Goats? Maybe.

But one kind of pet I haven't had since my beloved little parrot, Eddie, died a few years back is on my list again.

Parrots aren't like other pets. They're wickedly smart, relatively high- maintenance, very messy and exceptionally long-lived. I'm going to think long and hard before making the plunge, and not just because many kinds of parrots are likely to outlive me now.

I will go slowly mostly because I know that when it comes to parrots, too many people get in over their heads, choosing a pet that's too large, too loud, too expensive and, ultimately, too much to handle.

I know which species are too much for me. But even the easier ones? I'm still thinking.

Parrots are wonderful pets, although they are much more work than many people realize. Before you fall in love with a parrot that's not a good fit for you, consider a few species that may fit the bill better.



Cockatiels: When properly raised and socialized, these popular pets like to snuggle and be petted.

If you've seen only the gray bird with orange patches, you may be surprised at how many cockatiel color and pattern variations are available these days. Some cockatiels learn to talk, but many are better at whistling.









Budgies: Because of their small price tag and easy availability, budger- igars (commonly but improperly known as "parakeets") are often treated as throwaway pets – easily purchased, easily disposed of and easily replaced.

This attitude keeps people from valuing these birds for their affectionate personality. Some budgies even become very good talkers, albeit with tiny voices.

Budgies are commonly found in two varieties: the narrow American and the huskier English. Many budgies can be tamed by gentle, patient handling and can bond closely with humans.








Lovebirds: When hand-raised and socialized, lovebirds enjoy being handled. They're very affectionate, not overly loud and are capable of picking up a few phrases. The peach-faced lovebird is the most common, and this species also comes in many interesting color mutations. Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to keep them in pairs









 Poicephalus: These small parrots are an easy- going bunch. Of the species available as pets, the Senegal is probably the most common, a handsome little bird with a gray head, green back and wings, and yellow-orange underside. Poicephalus parrots are known for their small size – a little bigger than a cockatiel – and affectionate personalities. They're not the best talkers, but some will pick up a few phrases.









Pionus: Not as flashy as other midsized parrots, the pionus is often overlooked. But what it lacks in bright colors it makes up for with a winning personality.

Several varieties of pionus are available as pets, all small enough to be easy to keep and handle. Their personalities are among the most sedate of all parrots; they're not excessively loud.

Those are my top five, but there are other "starter birds" to consider. Among them are the Pyrrhura conure (such as the green-cheeked), the Quaker or monk parakeet (where legal), and the lilac-crowned or other smaller Amazons.

And, yes, I'm thinking about another caique, like Eddie. Finally, the tiny and colorful parrotlet deserves consideration, too.

I'll be thinking about it for a few months longer. I may decide never to have a parrot again. But I will always yearn for the cleverness and the quirkiness these pets bring to a home.

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2 comments on “Considering new pet birds, maybe a Cockatiel?

  1. Roger Clark on said:

    A good read with the article on dogs. I'd definitely recommend it.
    Thanks again for the content.

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