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Top 10 Low-Maintenance Pet Bird Species

Genevieve Dugal

From the tiny zebra finch to the chatty parrot, having a pet bird will bring life to your home. Which pet birds are best for busy people, or which ones don’t need a lot of attention? Read on to discover the top 10 low-maintenance pet bird species.

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The 10 Most Low-Maintenance Pet Birds:

1. Zebra Finch

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The zebra finch (Taeniopygia Guttata) is a small bird native to Australia. Cheerful, dynamic, talkative, and easy-going, it has been one of the most popular species in recent years. Tough and sturdy, it requires little care, which is basically why people go crazy for this little feathered critter. Therefore, it is an ideal species for beginners.


2. Canary

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The Canary (Serinus canaria) is a beautiful, easy-to-breed, relatively self-sufficient ornamental bird that belongs to the Finch family. He is always in a good mood and will enchant you with his melodious song. On the other hand, this little bird with yellow plumage does not like to live alone and will need at least a companion, even to be in a group. Don’t leave yours alone, or it will get depressed. Ideal for novice bird breeders, it can live an average of 10 to 15 years if you take good care of it.


3. Gould’s Diamond

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The Gouldian Diamond (Erythrura gouldiae) is a beautiful, colorful bird with plumage that exhibits vivid and brilliant hues. Elegant, curious, lively, and friendly, he appreciates the calm and company of humans. On the other hand, it does not tolerate other species of birds, often too noisy for it. It lives very well in pairs and can reproduce without difficulty, provided it is placed in favorable conditions.

The Gouldian diamond is a magnificent bird, but who knows perfectly how to be discreet because he is not very talkative. Therefore, it is ideally suited to lovers of tranquility and apartment living because it will not annoy your neighbors. Silent, he is nevertheless an excellent singer, but only the male has a beautiful melodious song. The female mainly utters little cries, especially during the breeding season.


4. Religious Mynah

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The Religious Mynah, or Gracula Religiosa, is a bird with shiny black plumage and an orange beak. But while his physique seems mundane, he is best known for being an excellent imitator, able to reproduce your voice and the sounds around him to perfection. Loud and messy, he nevertheless adores being cuddled and taking part in family life due to his very social nature. Its life expectancy is 15 to 30 years on average.

Easy to tame, he learns to speak very easily, but it is advisable to adopt him young and spend time with him. He loves being part of family life and will need to live with you in a lively room like the living room. If you only adopt one, devote a lot of time to it; otherwise, you should adopt a couple.


5. Lovebird

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Lovebirds are gorgeous pet birds with bright colors. In the wild, they live in tropical Africa, including the island of Madagascar. These birds that are easily tamed measure 4.5 to 6 inches, weighing between 40 and 60 g.

Easy to train, they enjoy living as a couple. They are docile and lovely, but they also need the presence and the cuddles of their human parents. But, on the other hand, they are mischievous and oh-so intelligent little critters who can quickly understand how to get out of their cage!


6. Cockatiel

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The Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus) is a brilliant, curious, and affectionate bird of the order Psittaciformes. Originally from Australia, she is 12 to 15 inches tall and weighs 80 to 150 g. This beautiful bird from the same family as the parrot is amiable and loves to participate in family life. But, on the other hand, gaining his confidence requires great patience and a lot of gentleness. Intelligent, curious, and playful, the Cockatiel parakeet has beautiful gray and colorful plumage and a beautiful crest on the crown of its head.

The Cockatiel can live alone in your home, but if you are away often, it is best to adopt at least a couple. This will deceive boredom and especially depression, as these animals are very gregarious. However, avoid placing two males together or more males than females, as they may peck each other to assert their superiority.


7. Budgerigar

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The Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) is from the order Parrots and the family Psittacidae. It is a very popular bird because it is very sociable, charming, intelligent, and appreciates the presence of its congeners and its human parents.

It is also best to adopt at least a couple to prevent your little bird from getting bored. On the other hand, know that the parakeet is talkative and that it likes to play. It is very gentle, which makes it perfect for families with small children.


8. Lori

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Native to Australasia (Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and Indonesia), the Lori is a bird of the Loriinae family. Sociable and very intelligent, the Lori is a beautiful colorful bird who loves to play clowns and amuse the gallery! This real miniature clown is a hyperactive one who likes to play, hide and constantly discover new games and gadgets.

He is also a good imitator who enjoys repeating a few sounds and words with his small, high-pitched voice. It is an animal that very quickly attaches itself to the humans who make up its home. But, on the other hand, he is very suspicious of strangers and tends to bite easily, whether he feels threatened or not.

It can live with other species of parrots. However, be aware that some poorly socialized lorises can be aggressive with other birds, even with other lorises.


9. Gabon Gray Parrot

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The Gabon Gray Parrot (Psittacus Erythacus) is an affectionate and cheerful bird that loves company. With proper care, it can live up to 50 years. It is a large gray parrot that is very affectionate, smart, and curious. In addition, he is the most talkative of the parrot species and can imitate the words you teach. Perfect for family life, it can be easily educated.

On the other hand, this bird hates loneliness; the latter can lead to depression. So if you are away, don’t hesitate to leave a television or radio on. Hearing human voices will make him think that someone is home and feel better.


10. Doves

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The dove is a beautiful bird often synonymous with peace, purity, and beauty. Sleek and slender, the dove enjoys flying every day in a large aviary. Gregarious, she likes the contact of her fellows, but she is a relatively dirty bird that produces a lot of waste. Easy to feed and pleasant to breed, it can be tamed if you arm yourself with patience and, above all, with gentleness.

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Birds are ideal animals for those who do not have a lot of time to care for a pet, such as a dog or a cat. Indeed, pet birds are generally easy to care for and take a little less time. And while there are no birds that require no maintenance, many species are easier to care for than others. Choosing a domestic bird is not easy, given the number of possibilities, but the end will be the same; this little feathered pet will brighten up the life of your home.


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Genevieve Dugal

Genevieve is a biologist and science writer. Her deep love for capuchin monkeys, pumas, and kangaroos has taken her worldwide to work and volunteer for several wildlife rehabilitation centers in Bolivia, Guatemala, Canada, and Australia. As a Canadian expat, Genevieve now lives in Argentina, where she wakes up every morning to horses and cows saying hello from the vast plain next to her home office window. She is the proud mom of three rescued dogs, Lemmy, Nala, and Pochi, and a frisky kitten, Furiosa. Having the privilege of sharing her knowledge and passion for animals of all kinds is what makes her fulfilled and happy.