Adoption at the MSPCA

The Perfect Home for a Pet Bird

Before you bring a bird into your home, you should answer the following questions:

  • Why do you want a bird?
  • Do you have a lifestyle that will suit a bird?
  • What species would be best for you?
  • Can you afford proper housing, nutrition, and medical care for your bird?

Having a larger bird or an exotic animal may interest you because they are beautiful or unusual, but they are not decorations or status symbols. They require specialized care, often time-consuming and expensive, so it is important to make sure that you understand the level of responsibility involved and are willing to take that on before making a commitment.

Parakeets (budgies), cockatiels, and lovebirds are often recommended as better “first bird” choices.  Canaries and finches are perfect for people who want a beautiful animal in their home, but don’t necessarily want to do a lot of handling or training.  The larger parrots would do best in the hands of very experienced and motivated owners.  Because of their size, housing and husbandry requirements, longevity, personalities, noise, and destructiveness, they are much more responsibility than the new bird owner is ready to assume.

Click the following links to download “Bird Care Guides” that include information about the caging, exercise, diet, socialization, and other requirements for each beginner bird:

Bird Care Guides

Canary

Cockatiel 

Finch

Lovebird 

Parakeet