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Great Pet Birds (for Beginners)

Having a pet can be a deep and rewarding experience, but it can also suck mightily if you’re not prepared to care for it. Pets are not created equal when it comes to how much care and feeding they need and sometimes people bite off more than they can chew. Some pets – especially more exotic pets – may need special attention to keep them happy. Birds, for example, are without doubt one of the most underestimated pets when it comes to proper care and <a title="Bird Cages" href="http://www.atgstores.com/bird-cages_2108.html" target="_blank">housing</a>. Maybe it’s because birds are everywhere and the assumption is that pet birds are little more than glorified pigeons. But, they aren’t. Many pet bird species are intelligent, highly socialized and may even live longer than you – which can make for a pretty intense pet. Oh, and some of them talk. Let’s take a look at some birds that won’t break the bank or die of boredom because you couldn’t keep up your end of the conversation. (Yep, that can actually happen.) <strong>1.       </strong><strong>Dove: </strong>People who view pet birds as glorified pigeons may just want to go ahead and buy a glorified pigeon. Contrary to what wedding coordinators and magicians may tell you, they are totally related and share the same characteristics when it comes to their hardy nature and ability to keep themselves entertained. <strong>2.      </strong><strong>Budgerigar (aka Budgie, Parakeet): </strong>You could also call a budgie a parrot and you’d still be right, although they’re not as chatty as their larger cousins. They are very intelligent, though, and can learn tricks and language if you invest the time. On the other hand, budgies don’t need constant attention, especially if it’s got another budgie to talk to. <strong>3.      </strong><strong>Finches:</strong> A finch is more or less like keeping a wild bird in your house. You don’t need to touch it or talk to it. In fact, they should always be paired because they’d rather hang out with their own kind. Just make sure you give them plenty of room, because they will redefine your understanding of a cage match if they’re squeezed together too tightly. <strong>4.      </strong><strong>Canary:</strong> A canary is another type of hands-off bird that’s fairly hardy and is happy to just sit and sing for you – if it’s a male. Female canaries don’t sing, so if you’re looking for a bird you don’t have to touch or even hear then this is going to be your best bet. <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> wishes you luck on your birding adventures, even if the closest you get is watching the local flock that hangs out at your <a title="Birdhouses" href="http://www.atgstores.com/bird-houses_1154.html" target="_blank">birdhouse</a>.
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