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Learn which pet birds talk the best in this Howcast video featuring veterinarian Laurie Hess.
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Adult parrots that are rehomed by their owners or offered for adoption from a parrot shelter often make excellent pets after they adjust to a new home. Some of these, however, may have been neglected or abused in the past, and may do best with an experienced parrot owner. The rehoming of a companion parrot, in most cases, can be avoided by doing enough research before acquiring one and determining whether the potential buyer has a lifestyle that suits the species he/she is considering, and choosing a bird that is most compatible with the human's lifestyle. Owners also consider potential lifespan when selecting a species, and make appropriate arrangements if the bird is likely to outlive the owner.
Learn about the best pet birds for apartment dwellers in this Howcast video featuring veterinarian Laurie Hess.
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The cockatiel makes a great pet bird. The female is typically more docile and cuddly, however, it may lay eggs. The male is more vocal. They have long tails, which make up a good portion of their 13 inches. Cockatiels need a roomy cage, plenty of toys and perches. They need daily feeding, water changing, cage cleaning, plus some good one-on-one time. Cockatiels can be dusty and should get a good misting spray bath about once a week. Get a hand-tame cockatiel for your child, otherwise they have to be tamed, which your child may not have the patience for. Cockatiels frighten easily, so an older child would be the best owner. ‘Tiels can live up to 30 years. best bird to have as a pet
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Always deal with a reputable breeder or bird store when shopping for a pet. Some pet retailers see birds as products to be sold as quickly and efficiently as possible. Rapid stock turnover may be good for profits, but not for pets. Deal with people who sell healthy, well-socialized birds and you can count on the best start to your relationship with your new pet.Share these Products with Your Feathered Friends
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Doctor Hess: So many, many different kinds of birds talk, but there are certainly species that talk better than others. Probably at the top of the list is the African Grey Parrot. We all remember Alex, a very famous African Grey who had a vocabulary of, I think of over 600 words. And other birds, too, Cockatoos can speak well, Amazons can speak well, even some of the smaller pets can speak well, like Budgies, or Parakeets. I actually knew one that spoke English, Spanish and Hebrew, it was pretty amazing coming from a little teeny bird. So really, it's just about teaching the birds to speak, and how do we do that?

Sarah: A lot of it is repetition. Walking by the bird everyday, saying the same thing to them everyday. Reinforcing it when you say it to them, making it a positive experience. Or even if they start trying to say it repeat it back to them, so that they are reminded of what they're trying to say. And maybe do one word, or phrase at a time. Don't try to teach them too much at once. They may get confused, and then jam a whole bunch of things together and you'll end up with just garble. But just repetition, repetition, repetition is the best way.

Q: Absolutely, I mean, many, many species of Parrots can talk, and I think it's a matter of persistence, being patient. Certainly talking is a great feature to have in a pet. I don't know of any other pets that can actually do that. Certainly birds are unique in that way. So if you want a pet that talks, a bird should be right for you.Choosing the best bird as pet does not have to be hard at all. All you need to decide is who is it supposed to be the best bird for. Are you searching for the best bird for kids. Or the best bird as pet for beginners.Birds with the best temperament for a child are canaries, finches, budgies, lovebirds and cockatiels. A canary is OK when left alone and can entertain itself by singing. Finches are another good choice, but you have to buy them in pairs and have a larger cage to accommodate them. A budgie, also called a parakeet, makes a good pet for an older child who is willing to spend some play time with the bird and to tame the bird. Budgies like to play and have toys. Lovebirds are acceptable for children, but they are challenging and energetic birds. They need daily interaction with your child, and they require a play gym, toys and perches. Cockatiels make great pets, but they frighten easily, so your child must be aware of this. Cockatiels need toys, perches and play time with your child. They also need a mist bath once a week.