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Pet Birds

Few of the planet’s 10,000+ bird species make good companion animals. Many birds sold as pets — even captive-bred individuals — have complex needs that can’t be met in captivity.

Begin your research on family-friendly companion birds here. Then find out how you can give your feathered friend the best life possible.

Humane Society
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Parrot Confidential

Parrot Confidential

Take a look at the problems of adopting long-lived (70+ years), highly intelligent, and highly social birds, as seen through eyes of Lou, Dolly, Basil, and other parrot-shelter residents. More...

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NATURE/PBS
What  Is the Best Pet Bird for You?

What Is the Best Pet Bird for You?

If you’re thinking of getting a pet bird, take this quiz with your family to find out which bird — or if no bird — is right for you. More...

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AllPetBirds.com
1986: Coal Mine Canaries Made Redundant

1986: Coal Mine Canaries Made Redundant

Until 1986, British coal miners carried canaries with them to test for harmful gases — the sensitive birds react quickly to toxins. Electronics replaced the cheerful chirpers. More...

Article
BBC
Top 5 Popular Bird Species

Top 5 Popular Bird Species

Like a list? Here are the five fave pet birds and what you need to know before adopting these companion birds.

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Article
About.com
All Bird Species

All Bird Species

Just the facts: a detailed list, with photos, of almost 200 bird species that are kept as pets, including some that shouldn’t be. More...

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BirdChannel.com
Dr. Marli Lintner

Dr. Marli Lintner

The doctor is in: A vet from the Avian Medical Center in Portland, Oregon describes her experiences caring for the bird patients that come to her practice. More...

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Oregon Live
Lovebirds

Lovebirds

The French call them “les inséperables” — the inseparables. Captive-bred lovebirds, very small parrots, can thrive in captivity with the proper care. More...

Article
Sheppard Software
Who’s a Bright Budgie Then?

Who’s a Bright Budgie Then?

The budgie (that’s parakeet in British English) is a bright bird — in more ways than one. It’s smart, but it also has a bright, fluorescent yellow crown and cheek feathers that may help attract mates. More...

Article
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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