Online Veterinary Education Library
Our team of veterinarians and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with their health. Please use our educational library to learn more about health problems and treatments available for your pet. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.
- Small Animals
Color. Song. Playfulness. These are some of the reasons people choose birds for pets. Birds don't take up a lot of space and they are very social creatures.
Pet birds fall into two categories: the parrot-types and the non-parrot species. Parrots are characterized by a curved shape of their beaks. They are often colorful and are considered the most intelligent of birds. Many parrots are capable of imitating human speech. They vary in size and have very long life spans, up to 80 years for large Cockatoos, Amazons and Macaws. The most common types of pet parrot-type birds include:
- African Grey Parrots
- Eclectus Parrots
- Fig Parrots
- King Parrots
- Moustache Parrots
- Quaker Parrots/Parakeets
Nonparrot birds that make great pets are also preferred for their color and vocalizations. There are wide varieties among these leading species: