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    Which Birds are best for Children?

    ArticleBird AdviceFriday 25 February 2011
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    Birds for sale can make great pets for children but before choosing one you should consider your child’s personality and the temperament of the type of bird you want to buy. Bear in mind that some birds can live up to 20 years of age, so your child might be off at university and you’ll be left looking after the bird!

     Most birds are delicate and cannot take rough handling. When your younger children interact with the bird make sure they are supervised.

    Perhaps you should consider buying a bird that has already been hand-tamed as this will make it easier to adapt once you bring it home.

     Cockatiels are good pets for children as they can be taught to do tricks, to whistle and to talk. They last for about 30 years if taken care of properly.

     Many birds of the parrot family – but not all – make good pets for young kids. Most live up to 20 years old and thrive on human interaction. Lovebirds are actually parrots and make fantastic pets. Buy two, and your children will love watching a deep bond form between them as they coo to each other.

     Conures are bright and beautiful, and also thrive on human interaction. However they are extremely noisy and screech a lot, which could either upset your child or provoke your child into being just as noisy!

     

    Budgerigars are very delicate so are not the best choice for younger or more energetic children. However for slightly older kids they make great pets as they are talkative but their volume level is lower than many birds. They live for about 15 years but are prone to illnesses so need to be taken to the vets regularly.

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