Birds are often dismissed as insentient and boring pets that contribute nothing to a relationship. However, that narrow-sighted opinion couldn’t be farther from the truth. Birds make fantastic pets and provide a number of things cats and dogs can’t. So, if you’re looking to get a pet, but aren’t sure what type, here are 7 reasons why you should consider getting bird.
1. Birds are highly intelligent animals
Although birds have an incorrect reputation as being small-brained, they are actually very intelligent. In fact, a bird’s brain is relatively large compared to its head size, which is why it’s able to figure out complicated problems, mimic human voices and communicate through complex chirps. Their large brain also allows them to learn quickly, so you’ll have your bird trained to behave the way you want in no time.
2. They live for a long time
If you’re the type of person who wants a life-long companion, a bird is a great choice. Certain birds, such as Cockatoos, African Greys and Macaws, can live for more than 50 years. That means you’ll have a loyal friend and companion for years to come.
3. They don’t take up much space
Unlike cats and dogs, birds don’t require a lot of space to roam around. All they require is a small space to fit their cage, so you don’t have to worry about finding an apartment big enough to accommodate their needs. Also, you won’t be excluded from an apartment because most leases don’t consider birds as pets.
4. Birds don’t cost much to take care of
The main cost of having a bird comes from its food. Even so, a bird’s balanced diet of seeds, pellets and fresh vegetables doesn’t cost very much because they are small.
5. They’re easy to care for
If you hate the constantly having to walk the dog or clean the litter box, a bird will give you the freedom to work around your own schedule. All you have to do is clean the cage once a day, which involves wiping down the cage and changing its liner. Birds also require very little grooming because they actually groom themselves by preening every feather to remove dirt, parasites and dust.
6. Birds love to interact and socialize with people
Despite their untrue reputation for not being cuddly and friendly, birds are surprisingly affectionate. They love being around people and will happily watch TV alongside you for hours. If you allow them, they will also try to express their affection by preening your hair. After you train your bird to socialize the way you want, you’ll miss it whenever you’re not home.
7. They’re visually stunning animals
There’s no denying birds are amazingly beautiful animals with a lot of personality. The range of colors, patterns and textures of a single bird is inspiring, and the mere presence of a bird in your household will give the room an aesthetic and delightful quality.
Timothy Martinez Jr. is a freelance writer and contributes to a number of blogs, including the official blog of Backyard Chirper.