IF I HAVE NOT OWNED A BIRD BEFORE, WHAT KIND OF BIRD DO YOU RECOMMEND?
1. Cockatiel – Cockatiels are sociable and affectionate birds. There are parent-raised and hand-fed cockatiels. Bird Paradise ONLY sells hand-fed babies. Parent-raised cockatiels are generally not as tame and can be difficult to handle.
2. Lovebirds – It is a myth that lovebirds are best kept in pairs. Lovebirds are best housed alone. Two lovebirds raised together will bond for life and generally bond more to each other than to their human owners. Also, lovebirds can be fearless and if housed with other birds, can become territorial.
3. Rosey Bourkes – Bourkes have a sweet and gentle temperament. They are affectionate without being needy or clingy. They enjoy the attention of their owners but, are more independent than other small birds and are happy to entertain themselves when their owner is not present.
4. Canaries/Finches – Although canaries and other finches prefer not to be handled, compared to birds in the psittacine family, they are enjoyable to watch. Male canaries will sing, if housed separately. All canaries are a type of finch; however, not all finches are canaries. With the exception of canaries, finches should be purchased in pairs for mutual companionship.