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One has to take their own time and do some research especially if you are a novice, before picking the right bird for you. There are a number of factors to be taken into consideration when you choose a bird to suit your lifestyle. When you choose a breed, you should consider the housing requirements, size, noise level, temperament and time commitment you could make and of course, the price you could afford.
Do some research, i.e attend bird club meetings, ask questions, talk to people who have already had pets and have knowledge like a reputable breeder who can give advice on choosing the right species.
The nesting or housing requirements depends on the size of the bird. Large birds need a lot of space to roam or fly around and to stretch their wings while some smaller birds need just enough space to climb. Whatever the species, the bird should have enough space to exercise and fly. Another consideration is the bird's care requirements and the time you are willing to spare for them. Smaller birds like Canaries are simple to take care of and take up less of your time in caring and cleaning. A pair of birds may need much lesser attention from you than a single one. Consider a bird with a relatively shorter lifespan if you are not too keen on long term commitment. The noise factor and the temperament are other considerations for choosing a species. Some birds can be really screechy or noisy while some others whistle or sing sweetly.
For a first time bird buyer, smaller birds like Pigeons, Mynah, Love birds, Parakeets which are comparatively less expensive and can be hand tamed; and Canaries which can sing, are the best choices. As one gains experience with birds, one can choose the cheerful Cockatiels which can be hand tamed and then again some of the larger ones like the eagle, macaws, cockatoos or the more beautiful and exotic types such as the Amazon, the green parrot from South America etc.
Once you decide on the breed that you would like to have, it is advisable that you look out to pick the best one from the lot. Ideally you should observe the bird on more than one or two occasions. Observe the activity level compared with the other birds in the cage. The bird should be active and its feathers should be shiny and sleek. Have the bird checked out with a avian veterinary doctor before the purchase if possible, and if not as soon after the purchase.
It is always better and safer to get your pet bird from a reliable source. A reputable breeder or a bird pet shop who have a good knowledge as well as a bright and clean environment may be the right place to buy one. One can also make enquiries about a particular place from people who had already bought from them. If the price quoted is too good to be true, always take care to find out whether they are legal or not. If you are looking for imported birds, make sure that they are not smuggled. Legally imported birds would have stainless steel leg bands.
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