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Taking Birds Outside

Can Pet Birds Be Taken Outside? Pet birds have long been cherished companions in many households, admired for their beauty, intelligence, and often for their ability to mimic human speech. However, a common question may arise among bird owners who are seeking new ways of entertaining and interacting...

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How to Pet a Bird: Handling Techniques to Ensure Your Bird’s Comfort

With their vibrant plumage, high intelligence, and intriguing behaviors, birds make wonderful pets. However, compared to dogs and cats, birds require a more careful approach when it comes to handling and petting. As a bird owner, understanding proper techniques for interacting with your feathered friend...

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5 Fun Facts About Your Pet Bird’s Feathers

With a diverse range of colors, patterns, and forms, bird feathers are not just for flight or decoration. These intricate structures play a crucial role in a bird’s life, influencing everything from communication to temperature regulation. As avian experts Dr. Kemba Marshall, DVM, DABVP (Avian) and...

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How to Choose the Right Habitat Size for Your Pet Bird

As the place where your pet bird will likely spend the most time, it’s crucial to choose an appropriately sized cage or aviary. A common pitfall is housing birds in cages that are too small, which can not only impede the bird’s comfort and happiness, but may also pose a safety risk. In the following...

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Feeding and Watering Pet Birds

As with most living creatures, a nutritious, balanced diet is the foundation of a healthy life for pet birds. While it may be tempting to think that providing your bird with a dish of water and some seed is adequate, birds’ dietary needs are generally more complex, and may vary based on their type...

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Budgeting for a Pet Bird

Pet birds can bring many years of joy and companionship to your life—but as with any other pet, purchasing and caring for a bird requires an investment of time and money. While the specific costs may vary greatly depending on the type of bird you choose, understanding the different expenses involved...

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Pet Bird Behavior

Just like people, different birds can have their own behavioral tendencies and personalities, which may vary based on the type of bird, their age, and several other factors. If you have a pet bird or you’re thinking of adding one to your family, understanding the factors that can shape their behavior...

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Pet Bird Life Expectancy

When looking to adopt a pet, it’s important to know the life expectancy of any species you are considering. Some pets, particularly birds, typically have long lives, and beyond the joy and happiness they can bring it is helpful for owners to know the costs in both time and money that is required when...

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Unlocking the World of Avian Certification Courses through IBPSA

Do you work in avian pet care? Do you have staff who work with pet birds? When it comes to providing top-notch care for our feathered friends, it’s essential to be well-informed and trained in avian pet care. The International Boarding & Pet Services Association (IBPSA) offers a range of certification...

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Everything You Need to Know About Bird Treats

Treats are an excellent way to add variety to your bird’s regular diet and show your affection and care for them. Bird owners have a wide range of options when it comes to different types of treats, from treat sticks to cooked snacks, and many fruits and vegetables also offer delicious and nutritious...

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Budget-friendly Birds

Pets, and birds in particular, can bring a lot of joy and benefit to a home, but all the costs of caring for a bird over its life can quickly add up. For owners looking to add a bird to their home but are worried about the expense, there are a number of birds that are budget-friendly and low...

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The Best Type of Perches for Pet Birds

Perches are some of the most important items in your bird’s cage, and whether for standing, playing or cleaning their beaks, a well-designed perch is crucial for a bird’s health, comfort and well-being. Birds spend a significant amount of time on their perches, so it is important to provide a variety...

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Traveling with Birds

Many bird owners will at some point need or want to transport their birds, and whether it is a car ride or on a flight, there are some important rules and guidelines to keep in mind. While some birds, particularly those who have not traveled before or rarely leave the home, might experience some anxiety...

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Can My Bird Catch My Cold?

Seasonal colds or flus are a common fixture, often requiring missed school or work, and some pet owners may worry that their cold could affect the non-human residents of their home. While passing an illness to a bird is rare, there are some things to keep in mind if you or a family member is sick and...

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Join Us in Celebrating National Pet Bird Day on September 17

At the Bird Enjoyment & Advantage Koalition (BEAK), we are getting excited for the 5th Annual National Pet Bird Day, coming up soon on September 17! We established this special day in 2019 as an opportunity to celebrate the many ways in which pet birds enrich our lives, while also educating current...

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USDA Issues New Regulations Affecting Pet Birds

On March 23, 2023, a new rule issued by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) took effect, imposing various requirements on bird breeders, dealers, exhibitioners, and other parties. While the rule was designed to ensure that all birds...

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Factors to Consider When setting Up Your Bird’s Cage

When bringing a pet bird into your home, one of the most important steps to create a comfortable environment for them is to purchase the right cage and set it up properly. A well-equipped cage or aviary will not only ensure your feathered friend’s safety, but will also help them acclimate in their...

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Bonding with Your Pet Bird

Adding a pet bird to your family can bring several years of joy and companionship. However, many bird owners—even those who have plenty of experience with feathered friends—may find that they have difficulty bonding with their new pets, as some birds exhibit signs of fear, shyness, or even...

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Pet Bird Food Delivery Apps

Post-pandemic purchasing of pet bird food through delivery apps has remained high. Here are some highlights of the category’s popularity on apps like Instacart. The Continued Popularity of Pet Bird Food on Delivery Apps The pandemic saw huge growth in the delivery service sector, and the preference...

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What to Do if Your Pet Bird Dies

The death of a pet is a painful experience for any owner, and particularly in the case of birds whose lifespans often number in the decades, this sense of loss can be overwhelming. Birds often become more than just pets—they are loved and treasured members of your family, and just like any other family...

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Expert Tips for How to Properly Bathe Your Pet Bird

Among the many steps involved in properly caring for your pet bird, regular bathing is important for several reasons. Specifically, bathing helps promote healthy feather grooming, removes excessive dust, and alleviates dry skin—in fact, many birds crave baths during the winter due to the dryness of...

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National Pet Bird Day 2023

Celebrate the 5th Annual National Pet Bird Day This September 17! The Bird Enjoyment & Advantage Koalition (BEAK) created National Pet Bird Day as a way to celebrate the joys and benefits of pet bird ownership. Attention pet bird owners and lovers—be sure to mark your calendar for September...

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Poison Prevention for Pet Birds

Birds are sensitive to many items and substances commonly found in homes, and it is important for owners to be aware of environmental hazards that can be poisonous to pets. Something as simple as a candle burning or a bar of chocolate left unattended can quickly impact the health of your feathered...

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How to Tell if Your Pet Bird is Sick

Birds can be wonderful companions, but like any other living creature, they can become ill from time to time. As soon as you bring a pet bird into your home, it’s critical to establish a relationship with an avian veterinarian in order to support your bird’s health and longevity. Annual wellness...

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Top 3 Most Talkative Birds

Birds make for great pets for a number of reasons, but the vocal abilities of many species are what often draws owners to add a bird to their home. Depending on the type of bird, their vocalizations range from replicating sounds like microwaves or doorbells, to singing songs or even learning and repeating...

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Best Birds for Busy Owners

Pets are a great way to make a house feel like a home, but for owners with busy lives it can be impractical to have a pet that requires a lot of care and attention. For those who want the joys of a pet without the big time commitment, birds can be a compelling choice. While birds are social and love...

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What Are the Best Pet Birds for Beginners?

While birds are an increasingly popular option for pet owners, many budding bird lovers may find that certain types can be particularly challenging for those without a lot of experience. Many birds are susceptible to behavioral problems if their needs aren’t met, and some can cause a lot of noise and...

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What to Know Before Adopting a Bird

Birds can bring a lot of fun and joy to a home, but it is important before investing in a bird to assess your habits and make sure adopting a bird is really the right choice for your situation. Birds have unique requirements that are different from many other household pets like dogs and cats, and many...

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Why Birds Make Great Pets

Birds have become popular with pet owners, with 8% of U.S. households now including a pet bird. While still not as popular as dogs or cats, many animal enthusiasts are beginning to see why adding a bird to their homes can bring a lot of benefits. Birds can be great companions, often live long lives and...

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Pet Bird Food Trends 2022

3 Pet Bird Food Trends to Watch for in 2022 The past few years have been difficult for many sectors and industries, with periods of growth and decline. During 2020, the pet food industry surged to over $100 billion in sales for the first time in history, spurred on by pandemic buying habits. Time spent...

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A Guide to Understanding and Caring for Your Pet Cockatiel

Easily tamed and friendly in nature, cockatiels are among the world’s most beloved types of pet birds. The smallest members of the cockatoo family, they can learn to speak and whistle but do not have the loud screeching voice commonly found in other types of cockatoos. If you have a pet cockatiel or...

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National Pet Bird Day 2022

Join MyBird as We Gear Up to Celebrate National Pet Bird Day on September 17! For pet bird owners and lovers, a special day of celebration is just around the corner—September 17 is officially National Pet Bird Day! Established by the Bird Enjoyment & Advantage Koalition (BEAK) in 2019, National...

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Pending Legislation Under the COMPETES Act Poses Threat to Pet Bird Community

The U.S. Congress is currently deliberating on a sweeping piece of legislation that would have a harmful impact on the pet bird community if enacted. Known as the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (or the COMPETES Act), the bill contains amendments to the Lacey Act that would allow the federal government...

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Pet Parrot Care Sheet

With their exquisite coloring, high level of intelligence, and sociable disposition, parrots are among the most popular choices for companion birds. If you have a pet parrot or are considering adding one to your household, learning how to properly care for your bird is essential for ensuring its long-term...

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All About Budgies

As one of the most popular types of pet birds, budgerigars—commonly known as budgies—are much-loved for their vibrant coloring and sociable, playful nature. Although they are native to Australia, these small parakeets belonging to the parrot family have been bred in captivity for the pet trade since...

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Acquiring a Pet Bird Responsibly

From choosing the right diet for your bird to creating a safe, comfortable habitat, there are many steps to take as a responsible pet bird owner. However, one of the most important steps occurs before you even bring your bird home. At a time when the number of disreputable bird sellers in the market...

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Parrots

1. One word: zygodactyl Like many of our favorite bird species, parrots have four toes on both feet. However, their feet are special split into two toes pointing backward and two toes pointing forward or zygodactyl. This allows parrots have a strong grip and excellent climbing capabilities. It has even...

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How to Get in Touch with the Right Vet for Your Bird

Pet birds are not as common as cats or dogs—meaning it can be more challenging to find a specialty veterinarian that is suited to avian needs. However, it is essential that your bird develops a relationship with a trusted avian veterinarian. Here are our top reasons for getting in touch with a...

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The Top 3 Most High-Maintenance Birds

The Amazon parrot These gorgeous birds are known for their outstanding vocal abilities, and they’ll let you know why—right away! Amazons are well-suited for an owner that can handle a high energy toddler, and much like a toddler, it’s not recommended you keep one perched on your shoulder. They...

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10 Foods You Should Never Feed Birds

1. Avocado Every part of the avocado contains persin, which is bad news for birdie. This fruit contains unhealthy fats and can cause series cardiac toxicity in birds, especially smaller species. Better option: a carrot stick! 🥕 2. Coffee Caffeine-jitters are the worst—just imagine how terrible it...

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What’s in a Name? Ideas for Every Birdie

Move over Rover, there’s a new pet in need of a name in town. While we’re used to Fluffy for the cat and Fido for the dog, pet birds offer a unique challenge when it comes to the name that will identify them for life. From the strong and heroic “Kong” to the diminutive “Peekaboo,” we love...

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5 Reasons Why Tyler Rugge and His Birds Are #Goals

If there’s one birdie/human duo we can’t get enough of, it’s Tyler Rugge and all his adorable birds. An avid animal lover, Tyler has over 30 pets including dogs, lizards, snakes, fish, a hedgehog and you guessed it, birds! While it may sound like this YouTube vlogger lives in a zoo, we’re always...

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Birds of a Feather Flock Together: The Joys of Multiple Bird Ownership

If there’s one thing that’s the same across all bird species, it’s that birds are very social creatures. This means that they can get lonely and bored when we’re not around since most pet birds love to play, talk and interact with their owners. As much as we wish we could, the idea of staying...

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Iconic Movie Birds

Not only have birds made their way into our hearts, but they’ve made their way into some of our favorite films. Whether they’re featured as real-life birds or life-like caricatures, movie birds bring a beautiful element to the screen that we just can’t get enough of. Plus, they’re often portrayed...

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Why the Cockatiel is a Great First Bird

Who knew that when becoming a first-time bird parent, one of the most challenging things would be selecting a species? Decisions, decisions. To help narrow your search, there is one species that we cannot squawk enough about. With its bright yellow head, rosy-red cheeks, cuddly demeanor and cheerful...

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This One’s for the Birds – Giving Thanks to Our Beautiful, Feathered Friends

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Before you know it, pumpkin spice everything will turn into peppermint everything and we’ll be ringing in the new year. But until that happens, we thought it fitting to reflect on what we’re thankful for this year. As surprising...