A yellow canary in a cage.

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 spending time with their owners, some are more independent and particularly well-suited to environments where they have more alone time. Read on to see the best birds for busy owners.


Like canaries, finches are very low-maintenance pets, and their love of independence means they are a great choice for owners who may be gone for much of the day. Contrary to many other birds, finches prefer the company of their own species the best and do well in environments they share with other finches. For owners with busy schedules, this means that your finches will have no problem entertaining themselves while you are gone. If you are looking for a more hands-off pet that is still friendly and easy to care for, finches are a great choice.

Pionus Parrots

Pionus parrots are milder and quieter birds than their cousin, the Amazon parrot, and are often recommended for new owners who are unsure about the commitment other birds require. While they do require more attention and activity than finches or canaries, they are fine if left alone for some of the day. As one of the quieter species, Pionus parrots are also great for those who live in close quarters or small apartments and worry their birds will make a lot of noise while they are gone. Pionus parrots are known for the gentle demeanor and independent nature, making them a natural choice for busy families or professionals.

Poicephalus Parrots

Poicephalus parrots, like the Senegal parrot and Meyer’s parrot, are often a great middle ground for prospective owners who want a warm and affectionate bird that loves social interaction but is still low-key and easygoing. Poicephalus parrots are particularly good at entertaining themselves, and as a shyer species may do very well by itself. While they enjoy quiet environments, they still benefit from regular time spent with their owners. Poicephalus parrots are calm, self-reliant birds that won’t get into trouble when left alone.

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