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[MUSIC PLAYING] When choosing a bird to fit your lifestyle, there are several factors to consider. Here are a few tips to help you decide which species is best suited for you and your family. Research birds that are highly recommended for first time bird parents. Try to meet several species of birds ahead of time. Visit with friends who have birds, or go to your local pet store or bird rescue and talk to a bird specialist. Ask yourself these questions and let your answers guide you in the right direction. Bonding with your pet bird and interacting with him daily will require time and energy. Depending on the species, you can try teaching him to step up on your finger. Interact with your bird using his favorite toys, watching TV, or listening to music together. Always wash your hands before handling your bird. Parakeets, also known as budgies, are a playful choice for first time pet parents. They are curious, intelligent, and especially affectionate when handled often. They can be excellent whistlers and can also learn to mimic speech. Every bird is different though, and not all birds are able to learn how to whistle or mimic speech. One of the most common companion birds, cockatiels, are known for mimicking whistles. Like parakeets, cockatiels will happily bond alone with their pet parent or also in pairs with their own species. If you seem less inclined to interact with your bird daily, a species that enjoys bonding with a mate may be a good fit. For example, finches prefer to be housed with at least one other finch. Canaries are known for the beautiful song of the males, although if a canary is placed with another canary, the males usually won't sing. Neither of these species require handling and actually prefers just interacting with you from within their habitat. Be sure you have the time to care for a bird and are ready for a long term commitment before you add a bird to your family. For more tips on choosing the best bird for your lifestyle, seek advice from a veterinarian who specializes in birds. [MUSIC PLAYING]
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