What Kind of Bird is Right For Me?


What kind of bird is right for me? I know I want a bird…I just don’t know what kind of bird I want. We hear these things quite often at Golden Cockatoo. The answer is not always an easy one. However, it is a personal one and will depend upon several different factors in your life. One thing is certain…birds take time and unless you have a few hours a day to devote to the bird, a bird may not be the right pet for you and your family. Handfed, tame birds need free time and attention on a daily basis.

A few considerations:  

If anyone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma you should avoid the powder dander emitted by cockatiels, cockatoos and greys. If you are a neat freak, these birds may not be right for you either because your furniture will get coated with a white fine powder. Although it’s nothing that a good dusting won’t take care of – it may bother some people. All birds have a gland at the back of their body that they will stimulate in order to aid in grooming their feathers. Cockatoos, Greys and Cockatiels have a powder based gland. The powder is actually more water resistent than the oil glands in other birds.

If you want a bird that talks, African Greys and Amazons are considered the best talkers; however, there is no guarantee that your bird will talk. It really depends on the bird. In order for any bird to learn to talk, you have to talk it and train it to say the words that you want it to pick up. There are some birds who learn to talk very easily and will pick up things you DON’T want it to learn too. So, if you are someone who cusses frequently and you have a good talker, there’s a pretty good chance the bird will learn those words too.

If you don’t want a louder bird, you may want to avoid conures, macaws, cockatoos and amazons. All birds will have a time of day when they are more vocal than other times and some birds tend to be louder and vocalize more frequently than others.

If you are looking for a bird that doesn’t require much time and attention finches or canaries may be the right choice for you. They lend a decorative touch to a home without requiring the attention other birds need.

In some cases, the right bird for you may depend upon the space you have available in your home. Larger birds, require a larger cage. It’s a good idea to figure out where you will be placing the cage in your home and how much space you have for the cage. The kitchen is never a good place for a cage. Birds will succumb to the toxic fumes of Teflon and you also run the risk of burns or other accidental injuries.

A few things to remember: 

Never leave a child unattended with your bird. Birds can be easily hurt and even the tamest bird WILL BITE if hurt. Children generally don’t mean to hurt the bird…but depending upon the age of the child, they may not be as gentle with the bird either.
Never leave your bird unattended near a pool or other bodies of water as they could drown – and do drown rather easily.

Never leave your bird unattended with other pets. Contrary to popular belief, many cats and dogs are fine with birds. However, please use common sense when your bird is out of its cage – even the sweetest dog, if nipped by a bird, may resort to its wild nature as a reaction to the bite.

If you have other tips for new bird owners, please feel free to leave them below or post them on our facebook page. Your comments are always welcome and appreciated.

If you have any questions or would like more information about a bird, give us a call or stop in and we will be happy to help you. Golden Cockatoo is located in Deerfield Beach, FL and conveniently located between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Delray, Boynton and West Palm Beach, Florida. We look forward to seeing you!


Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday sits Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses and their communities. We are proud to support Small Business Saturdayand encourage everyone to shop at their favorite small business on Saturday, November 29th. To learn more, visit www.ShopSmall.com 

Together, we can make this the biggest day of the year for small business.  Just make plans to come to Golden Cockatoo as your preferred small business, and we will give you even MORE discounts!  Watch future emails for details on these specials and how to register your American Express card(s).

Registration for American Express cards begin Nov. 16.
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