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 as it may (or may not) be, birds wind up on our obligatory list of gratitude year after year and here’s why:

They make us laugh

Pet birds are exceptionally intelligent creatures and fascinating to watch, each with a one-of-a-kind personality. They love to please their owners and be the center of attention. Some birds even master the art of mimicking their human’s voice and body movements. Have you ever seen a parrot dance? It will make your day and possibly leave you questioning your dancing abilities. Perhaps your pet bird can give you a few pointers before you decide to bust a move at your upcoming holiday party.

They brighten up our lives

When it comes to appreciating nature’s beauty, nothing compares to the breathtaking colors of the changing leaves this time of year– well, besides a brightly colored pet bird. Unlike the leaves, birds’ feathers stay vibrant, sleek and beautiful year-round. The glowing red, orange, yellow and green gradient found on the rivals even the most incredible autumn foliage.

They inspire us to eat healthier

It goes without saying, but the holidays tend to be a time when we push our healthy eating habits aside because what’s the harm in an extra slice of pie when your New Year’s resolution is to give up sugar? Thankfully, pet birds love fresh fruits and veggies incorporated into their diet, which reminds us to always throw some produce into the shopping cart. Did you know birds are fans of raw pumpkin and sweet potatoes? Yum!

They make the best companions

Between coordinating the big feast, assigning seating arrangements and averting family drama, Thanksgiving can be a little stressful. Birds are always there to listen when you need to vent (and some species will even talk back.) On a level of cuteness, there’s nothing more adorable than when a bird nudges you with its head, signaling a pet. Pet birds happily give just as much love as they receive and they are inherently uplifting to be around. For that, we are eternally thankful.

Are you thankful for the special birdies in your life? Tweet it out to the world.

Wishing you and your birds a very happy Thanksgiving!