In Australia, there are many types of birds that can be kept as pets. Each breed has unique characteristics, colours, sizes, temperament and special needs, so it’s important that you learn and gather as much information as possible. This will help you choose the right bird for you and also allow you to cater adequately for the bird’s needs.
It is important to learn as much as you can about the type of bird you are interested in. Equipped with knowledge and understanding, you will have a better idea of what to expect. While all birds are enjoyable to watch and listen to, some birds like to be handled, while others don’t. Some birds can learn to talk with consistent training, some have beautiful songs, and some have fun behaviors.
When deciding on a pet bird, it is important to consider the following:
- Who will be caring for the bird
- Which bird would best suit your living situation
- Are there certain behaviours you are looking for
- Is there different behaviours for a male or female
- Train your bird to be handled and checked for signs of illness
- Buying a bird is a serious commitment for at least five years but some birds can even live as long as you!
To care for a pet bird, it is important to provide a well-designed and appropriate aviary or cage that is easy to clean and scrub out, with perches for resting on and enough room for movement and flight.
It is important to feed a balanced diet and water should be easily accessible and kept clean. Toys and activities can provide entertainment which is stimulation for your bird, but make sure you don’t overcrowd the cage and remember to cover the cage at night and keep it out of direct sunlight.