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So, You Want a Pet Bird?

Things to know about our feathered friends

Overview

Care Guides

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Before you get a bird…

can we pick your brain?

  • Is this an impulse purchase or a long-time desire? (If it’s an impulse: STOP shopping! Birds live a long time and are actually a lot of responsibility.)
  • Can you afford the cost of vet care, food and toys?
  • Can you spend at least half an hour a day interacting with your bird? (These guys are social)
  • Is everyone in your household ready for a bird?
  • Can you clean a cage every day?
  • Can you get a bird-sitter when you’re out of town?
  • Can you commit to this bird for life?
  • Do you have the space for a bird?

Different types of pet birds

Canary

  • Size: 5-9 inches
  • Age range: 10-15 years
  • Unique traits: Songbirds with beautiful voices. They enjoy human eye contact, talking & whistling.
  • Experience level: Intermediate

Conure

  • Size: 8-18 inches
  • Age range: 15-20 years
  • Unique traits: Very social. They need at least an hour a day of human interaction. Can be trained to talk.
  • Experience level: Intermediate

Dove

  • Size: 6-10 inches
  • Age range: 10-15 years
  • Unique traits: Quiet, gentle and companionable; a good family pet.
  • Experience level: Beginner

Finch

  • Size: 4-8 inches
  • Age range: 5 years
  • Unique traits: They have high metabolic rates and must be kept well fed.
  • Experience level: Advanced

Parakeet

  • Size: 6-10 inches
  • Age range: 7 - 10 years
  • Unique traits: Prefer to be a part of a twosome; they partner for life.
  • Experience level: Beginner

Picking your best bird bud

Ok, now that you’re TOTALLY sure you want a feathered bestie, it’s time to soar into bird parenthood. Because different breeds of birds have such different needs and personalities, you’ll want to compare them by amount of care, length of life, and how much space they’ll require. Do your research and when in doubt, ask a vet or a PetSmart associate.

A healthy bird has bright, gleaming eyes, sleek and shiny feathers (with no bald or sparse patches), and smooth, clean, adorably wrinkled feet. When you adopt or purchase, be sure to ask for your feathered friend’s medical history.

PETSMART CARES: Pets purchased at PetSmart are part of our exclusive Vet Assured™ program, designed by PetSmart veterinarians to help improve the health and well-being of our pets. Our vendors meet a high standard in caring for pets and screening them for common illnesses. This program also includes specific standards for in-store pet care.

The PetSmart Promise: If your pet becomes ill during the initial 14-day period, or if you’re not satisfied for any reason, PetSmart will gladly replace the pet or refund the purchase price.