Birds have held enduring appeal for pet owners for centuries. Find out which species we see most often across our practices.
Birds can make great pets due to their sociable nature and high intelligence. They’re also a good option for people that are allergic to dog or cat fur, as well as those that live in apartments that are unable to get a larger pet.
There are a number of bird species that make great pets, all of which have their own quirks and personalities. It’s important to remember that, due to their high intelligence, they require plenty of stimulation with toys and social interaction. They also have very specific needs, so providing the right care, diet and environment is an important part of keeping them healthy and happy. Keep reading to find out which species we see most often in our practices.
Originally hailing from Australia, budgies, or budgerigars, are one of Britain’s most popular pet birds.
Although a few different colour variations are available, the only natural plumage is a greenish-yellow – all other colours are the result of genetic mutation.
By far one of the most vocal species, budgies have an incredibly high heart rate: their hears beats over 300 times per minute.
Keeping chickens as pets has risen in popularity over the last 20 years, with many owners choosing to rescue ex-battery hens for a better life.
They were first domesticated in southern China around 8,000 years ago and, for many people, the prospect of fresh eggs is one of the biggest perks.
The colour of the egg depends on the chicken’s earlobes; red earlobed chickens lay brown eggs, while white earlobed chickens lay white eggs.
Cockatiels are a smaller version of the cockatoo and are known for their outgoing and affectionate nature.
They can live for up to 20 years with proper care and nutrition and their mood can be determined by their distinctive crest: straight upright means they’re startled or excited and flattened close to the head means they’re angry or defensive.
The canary is part of the finch family and originates from the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands.
Although the yellow canary is the most well-known, these little birds come in a wide array of colours, including red-orange, pink, brown and white.
Canaries often require minimal socialisation from other birds and humans, making them a good option for busy owners, and males are much more likely to produce their signature songs.
Ducks make a great outdoor pet thanks to their social, gentle nature. It’s highly recommended that you keep a group of them, as solitary ducks can feel loneliness, isolation and grief much like humans.
Ducklings are notoriously hard to sex and their gender is usually only determined in adult life when they develop secondary characteristics, such as male or female colours.