Exotic pet bird sitting on a girl's head looking to her sunglasses.

We love exotic pets at New Haven Pet Hospital, and birds are at the top of our list for amazing companions. Read on to learn if pet bird ownership is for you and find out more about these incredible creatures. 

Birds of a Feather

Making a commitment to care for another living thing is a big deal, and researching what goes into bird ownership before taking the plunge is a smart step. These beautiful creatures can be amazing companions, but they aren’t for everyone. 

Think about how a bird might fit into your home. Consider that:

  • Depending on the species, some birds can live in excess of 50 years
  • Birds communicate vocally and can be quite noisy
  • Many birds make quite the mess 
  • Chewing is important for beak maintenance
  • Stimulation and social interaction is very important for most birds
  • Birds tend to be quite curious
  • Birds need space and objects to explore
  • Airborne pollutants such as smoke, air fresheners, candles, and fumes from Teflon cookware can be harmful or even fatal to birds. 

Each individual species has different nutritional needs, so researching how to feed your potential pet is important. Likewise, birds need veterinary care, too, and regular bird grooming in the form of claw and nail trims are necessary. 

Choosing a Pet Bird

If you think that a pet bird may be for you, consider what you are looking for in a feathered friend to narrow in on your ideal species.

Low maintenance pet birds include species like budgierers, cockatiels, lovebirds, doves, finches, and lineolated parakeets. While still requiring interaction and attention, these species tend to be calm and are small enough to not need a lot of space.

On the other hand, talkative pet birds tend to need a little more in the way of time and energy commitment. Fun examples of some of our favorites include the African Gray, the Quaker Parakeet, and the Yellow-Naped Amazon Parrot. 

In general birds can be a little much for families with small children, but gentler species such as lorikeets, parakeets, and cockatiels can work with adult supervision. 

We think birds are a lot of fun. In fact, if you welcome one into your home, be sure to let us take care of them when you are out of town. Our unique exotic pet boarding in New Haven helps us get to care for all the critters, furred, feathered, and otherwise. 

No matter what kind of pet you bring into your family, we are excited to make them part of ours. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions or need advice, we are here to help.