Children are often fascinated with birds, and those that are usually don't waste much time requesting to have one as a pet. For those parents wondering what type of bird would make the best pet for their child, I give you the Top 3 Bird Species that are good with kids. Hopefully this information will help you make the best decision about which species will work best with your little one.
Finches and Canaries are number one on the list because they require minimal interaction and are easy to care for. These birds make good pets for very young children because they are beautiful, fascinating to watch, and provide soothing "music" with their soft chirps and chatter. Finches don't usually care much for interacting with humans, so if you decide on a finch, get two or more so that they will have some company. Finches should not be taken out of their cage and handled, so if your child craves a bird that they can really interact with, you may want to consider numbers two and three as a better option.
2. Budgies (Parakeets)
Budgies or Parakeets are a close second on the list of great birds for kids. These colorful little birds can be a lot of fun for young aviculturists because they tolerate being handled quite well, are small and relatively easy to care for, and yes, can learn to talk! They have gentle personalities and can bond quite strongly with their owners, making them wonderful companions for young bird lovers. Choose a Budgie if your child wants a bird that can truly be his or her best friend -- most handfed Budgies are very sweet natured and will gladly oblige!
3. CockatielsCockatiels are the largest of the Top 3 Best Birds for Kids, and do best with older children who have the time to devote to interacting with their pet. Cockatiels can learn to talk, whistle, and do cute tricks, making them a delight for kids to work with. They relish their time out of the cage, and require a bit more work to keep than Finches or Budgies do, so choose a Cockatiel for those who really have a desire to keep birds and learn about them. Doing so will ensure that both your child and their bird has a happy experience.
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