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What are the Benefits of Keeping Birds?

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: September 28, 2017
What are the Benefits of Keeping Birds?

There are plenty of people who don't understand how keeping a bird caged is a pleasant idea, and it makes sense; bird catchers often keep beautiful species within minuscule cages, stripping them from their dignity and welfare.

Still, bird lovers like me can't imagine life without hearing their beautiful bird song or watching their delicate flight. Birds are beautiful, intelligent, sociable and cheerful animals; they bring life, melody and happiness to our home. Stay with me at AnimalWised to learn what are the benefits of keeping birds.

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A cheerful melody

Birds wake up at dawn, even though you'll be able to snooze some more if you cover the cage at night. When they finally realize it's daytime, they fill the house with beautiful morning bird song.

If you are a cheerful music lover, you'll surely feel revitalized and pleased to hear them sing their distinctive melodies. Among the best singing birds we can find the canary (Serinius canaria domestica), a true delight when kept as a pet. You'll never wake up in a bad mood again!

Here you can learn what are the 5 best songbirds in the world, as well as how to teach your canary to sing.

What are the Benefits of Keeping Birds? - A cheerful melody

A beautiful spectacle

There are truly spectacular and amazing birds out there - you'll be delighted simply by watching them. Their bright, colorful and sometimes extravagant plumage will surprise your guests - keeping birds will bring many beautiful experiences!

What are the Benefits of Keeping Birds? - A beautiful spectacle

Birds are clever

Even though many people don't think of birds as very intelligent animals, you'll be able to confirm that birds are actually quite clever. Depending on the species they will engage more or less with you.

Macaws, for instance, can perfectly mimic your voice and other sounds, as well as solve little intelligence games.

What are the Benefits of Keeping Birds? - Birds are clever

A loving friend

Another of the benefits of keeping birds is that you can develop a very close relationship. If you're ever able to have a bird imprint on you, it will be a life-changing experience that will confirm you as a proper amateur ornithologist.

Do you have no idea what I'm talking about? Fledgling birds imprint on their parents, learning from their behavior and following them around. If they're raised by humans, though, they believe we're members of the same species and become extremely sociable, warm and loving.

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What are the Benefits of Keeping Birds? - A loving friend

They can cohabit with other species

Some kinds of birds can perfectly cohabit without any conflicts with other species, as long as they're kept in big, wide cages. For instance, canaries and goldfinches or zebra and society/Bengalese finches are good combinations. You can also keep multiple birds from the same species, as with budgerigars or lovebirds.

However, you should always do some research before adopting birds. Learn about the different species of birds available and have an extra cage in case conflicts arise.

What are the Benefits of Keeping Birds? - They can cohabit with other species

They're fun!

As with all other animal species, birds can be restless, playful animals. If they have toys like swings or ladders they will have fun for ages - and so will you, since watching them play is a real delight. However, avoid mirrors since they can be a great source of stress for many birds.

You should also know that birds love water; they can refresh themselves in the summer by splashing around, and it also helps them keep their feather clean. Leave a small water container at hand and let yourself be surprised by the display!

What are the Benefits of Keeping Birds? - They're fun!

All in all, keeping birds is a beautiful experience that brings us closer to nature and to these animals' special sensibility. However, always keep in mind that birds are very delicate and they require close and proper care when kept as pets, especially if you want them to show off their full radiance and enjoy their lives as if they were living in the wild.

Remember that you must be able to get them veterinary attention should they need it, and it isn't cheap. Pet birds should also have a big cage, regularly cleaned, in order to ensure their basic welfare.

This is my answer to what are the benefits of keeping birds. What is yours?

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Lori Miller
How long. Does it take for a parakeet to bond with me?
Is there a way to tell what genders they are?
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Lori,

Each bird is an individual. There is no set time for bonding. It will also depend on the level of care they receive. While many birds become incredibly closely attached to their owners, this won't happen with every bird. Give them the best care and respect their personality and you should bond eventually.
Lori
What kind of bird is fun but has a low price?
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Lori,

It will depend on where you live, but budgerigars are one of the most common birds which can be purchased at reasonable prices, but are very loyal and loving pets.
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Charmain
It really disheartens me that people think that keeping any animal in a cage, including a bird, is acceptable. Birds are born to fly and keeping them captive in a small or large cage is plain cruel. I, as a human being, certainly would not like to be caged with no opportunity to get out and walk and run about with no freedom to go places I'd like to go. Because people have kept birds in cages for centuries, we have come to believe that it's OK but really it is not. Just because it happens, doesn't make it right. We can just as easily enjoy their presence in their natural environment instead of keeping them in captivity. I am disappointed to read an article which is all about the satisfaction gained by people from keeping a bird caged. Sure, I get that keeping a bird as a pet brings people enjoyment but, we all need to stop and think about how the bird feels. I am sure that if a captive bird could talk, it would beg for the freedom to do what birds are meant to do - fly high and free. The next time you see a bird in a small cage, think how you would feel if that was you. Please think twice before choosing to keep a bird as a pet. If you must have a bird, then please make sure the cage is wide and large enough for it to spread its wings and fly about. Please also let it out from time to time (in your bathroom for example) for some much-needed exercise.

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