First I'd like to say, Getting any Bird for a pet is a Huge responsiblity to take on! most people just get a bird as a pet just because they want it, but facts are and very upsetting to bird lovers.
Buying a bird just because you think the bird is either very Pretty or Cool looking is the 100% worst way of buying a bird!
Most that do, when they get them home have no Idea what they have gotten themselves into, and usually about 3 months down the line, there trying to find it a New home! which isn't fair to the bird what so ever!
Most birds that have been boughten on a whim are the ones that suffer the most! they get neglected within a few months, and become trouble some birds, ill birds, feather pluckers, biters and just plain out of control! And all because the New owner had no Idea how to take proper care of a bird!
My advise would be to decide what kind of bird you'd want to have and take care of, then go to your library and get all the Information you can on that kind of bird! Wether it be a parakeet or a cockatoo or parrot etc.
There are plenty of good books you can purchase from a pet shop, But never Buy a bird for a pet on a whim, just because you decided you wanted one! Plus if your going to let young childred have access to a pet bird, Always supervise the child when the child is with the bird! If your child is a hyper child or very ambungous, Buy all means don't buy the bird for the child! birds can be scared easily and the bird may never be comfortable around a hyper child!
And after all the researching of the kind of bird you'd like to have as a pet and what all the care responsibilitys are, Be sure to buy a very young one, You don't want to buy someone elses problem bird, you will just end up unhappy and wanting to get rid of it!
As far as the best bird to have as a pet for a beginner, would be a parakeet or a pet shop white dove!, I say white doves, because the ring neck morning doves are more stand offish, as the white young doves are very easily tameable! and doves can't really hurt you if they would ever bite! I raised plenty and not a one ever tried to bite!
And buying a bird from a friend or relative isn't such a good Idea either, most birds usually don't take to well going from home to home living and could most likely become an angry upset bird!
Taking care of birds today can be a bigger expense then most people would think, Bird foods and supplies are constantly rising in price, a 5lb bag of fortified parrot food is close to $20 a bag now, cages have really skyrocketed in price and buying the right size of cage for a bird, isn't a option, it's a necessity, if you buy a cage to small! you will have a very unhappy bird!
It would be like making you live the rest of your life in a childs play pet! You need the right cage for the right bird plain and simple! Cages today run from $50 to $1,000's so you will have that expense just as fast as you buy the bird!
Birds need a lot of attention, not just feeding them everyday, So do your homework first, then decide if you would still like a bird for a pet!
And if your wondering, I have 3 birds, a Yellow crested Cockatoo, a Cockatiel and a Goffin Cockatoo and have had them for many years! and they all are so tame that my 1 1/2 year old Grandson can handle them safely without getting bite or hurting them, Supervision is a Must with any age kids!
And if you already have a cat! A pet bird might not be a good Idea! a bird to a cat means food! it's a natural instinct! and I noticed you stated (not a fragile one), Well there all fragile! If they get loose out of there cage they could crash into a window or wall and get badly hurt easily, If you have there wings clipped, dropping them can hurt them badly! I never ever heard of an non- fragile bird yet!
I raised and bred, Many different kinds of Parrots,Parakeets,Cockatiels,finchs,Dove... and Love birds for Pet shops for 8 years back in the 1980's
· 1 decade ago