Molesey Vets recommends these pet birds for beginners

November 7, 2023

For anybody in Surrey who would like to become a pet bird keeper, then this is the article for you! Molesey Vets are sharing their views on the five best bird breeds for beginners, with some simple temperament and care requirements.

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5 bird breeds for beginners

1. Budgies

These make it to the top of Molesey Vets’ list! Budgerigars, commonly known as budgies, are smart, colourful, and typically social birds. They are easy to care for and relatively low-maintenance. Budgies are known for being interactive companions and they will often mimic words and sounds you make!

2. Canaries

With proper care, these songbirds can absolutely thrive, making them a popular choice for bird keepers in Surrey. They are social birds and prefer to live in pairs or groups but do not need as much hands-on interaction as other songbirds. Fun fact – the male canaries are often the better singers!

3. Cockatiels

Next on the list is the wonderful cockatiel. These gentle, friendly birds are often known for their distinctive crest on their head. Cockatiels enjoy regular human interaction and can be trained to do tricks. They also have a charming personality, and you will find looking after your cockatiel to be incredibly entertaining!

4. Lovebirds

Lovebirds enjoy interacting with their owners and are quite a playful breed. As their name suggests, they LOVE the company of other birds and will form a strong bond with their owner. With their bright colours and vocalisation, lovebirds are a popular pet for birdkeepers in East Molesey and beyond.

5. Bourke’s parakeets

These make lovely pets as they are so loving and affectionate towards their owner. They are a fan of a cuddle but Molesey Vets advises against owning a single Bourke’s parakeet. They are best kept as part of a small flock and will happily learn tricks. They are also relatively quiet in comparison to other breeds, which makes them popular pet choices for some households that do not want a lot of noise.

Caring for your pet bird

Once you have decided on the type of bird you would like to keep, Molesey Vets recommends doing extensive research to create a suitable living environment for them. Things to consider are:

  • Their diet
  • Their current age and also their lifespan
  • Size and cage requirements
  • How many birds you need to keep
  • Stimulation and exercise

Reach out to local bird keepers in Surrey and ask their opinions on bird care and maintenance. You can also chat to our experienced team of bird vets and other bird-owner’s clubs.

Proper dedication and commitment to your new pet bird will help to ensure they have a happy and healthy life.

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