Last weekend, I went to the zoo with a little friend. She loved the birds so much she squawked and flapped and imitated them for hours after we got home.
After we got home, her mom started looking into what kind of bird would be best to get her for a pet to have at their house.
Bird Talk Magazine ranks Cockatiels as the best bird to have for a pet. According to the magazine, these birds are affectionate and talkative, and not very expensive to maintain. They are very social birds and can be taught to perch on a shoulder, to nuzzle or to give “kisses.”
The African Grey Parrot was the No. 2 choice. Owners reported liking the size of the bird, its intelligence and, after the initial investment, says they are not too expensive to keep.
Cockatoos, Conures, Macaws and other varieties of parrots also made the list.
The Bird Channel also recommends Budgies, Canaries and Finches as good pets for kids.
All experts recommend making sure the child is mature, can control impulses, and won’t harm the delicate bird if you consider it as a pet.