Choosing a Bird

Choosing the right bird for you!

Research and careful consideration on your part when selecting your parrot will go a long way to ensuring that your parrot ownership is a tremendously enriching and rewarding experience. By resisting the urge to buy a bird on impulse and properly choosing a parrot to match your lifestyle, personality and budget you are sure to make the right decision about which species will be best for your family. One good rule of thumb to keep in mind – The bigger the bird, the more it requires! More time, more food, more chew toys…. And they make more of a mess.

To ensure that your bird stays happy and healthy, you need to consider how much time you have available to spend with your companion parrot when deciding which species is the right choice. All exotic parrot species require daily exercise, interaction, and time out of their cages. You need to be able to devote a minimum of two hours a day to socializing with and supervising the parrots out of cage activities? If you do not have the minimum time required, than you might do better with a few small finches or canaries. If those types of birds do not suit you and you still want a companion parrot, it is highly recommended that you consider getting your companion parrot a companion parrot.

Parrots are very intelligent creatures and without “things to do” they can develop serious psychological and behavioral problems.

They need daily stimulation that can be provided by lots of toys, an interesting environment where they can interact with either people or other birds. They like to learn and experience new things. Keeping your companion (especially the larger ones) entertained and engaged will require some creativity, involvement and effort on your part.

Purchasing a bird warrants a lot of research on the different species available

We have made it fairly easy for you research the different birds that could be potential companions for you: below is a quick synopsis of the different birds available. Please visit the Parrot Profile pages for a more in depth look at each specific bird species.

Macaws


Macaws are stunning companion parrots and offer impressive size and vivid coloration. Macaw species range in size from the tiny Hahn’s macaw (12 inches) to the impressively large hyacinth Macaw (40 inches). They can be quite entertaining companion parrots and are fond of attention and people. Macaws are wonderful birds and are highly intelligent. Macaws have a loud call and they are not recommended to individuals living in apartments or condos.

Mini Macaws


Do you like the look and personality of a macaw; however don’t want the size or loud call? A wonderful option is the Mini Macaws. Mini Macaws have inquisitive personalities and an excellent ability to mimic. They are extremely playful and interactive and have many of the social characteristics of the larger macaw species.

African Grey Parrot


The African Grey Parrot is a medium-sized parrot native to Africa and is considered one of the most intelligent of all birds. There are two species of African Greys, the Timneh Grey, which is a darker shade of gray, with maroon-colored tail feathers and the Congo African Grey, which is larger and lighter colored. The Congo African grey has a red-colored tail.

HawkHead Parrot


Pionus Parrots are medium-sized parrots native to Central and South America. Pionus are excellent pets, great temperament, and quiet. This is another excellent choice for families or for the first.

Amazon Parrots


Amazon Parrots are known for their exceptional vocal abilities, playfulness, and lively personalities. Amazons are devoted companions and require a lot of attention when kept as pets. Amazons are native to Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Caribbean Islands.

Cockatoos


Cockatoos are very lively and affectionate birds. They are quite “cuddly” and bond very closely with their owners. However, their sociability and need for affection means they demand a great deal of time from their owners. Cockatoos are intelligent, playful, mischievous, and they can be exceptionally loud.

Caiques


The colorful Caiques are growing in popularity and are known for the high energy and playful nature. Caiques bond well with their owners and have a reputation as being extremely playful birds, and enjoy playing with toys while lying on their backs.

High Yellow Sun Conure


Aviary by the Sea is proud to announce that we now offer High Yellow Sun Conures!

We have partnered with a private breeding facility that has selectively bred yellow sun conures for the past 25 years. The high yellow sun conures are beautiful and most are pure yellow when mature. The personality and temperaments are great – just like normal colored sun conures!

Conures


Playful, colorful, fun loving, bold and inquisitive are all traits that describe a conure. Native to South America, conures come in a variety of sizes, and depending on the conure, they range from an average of 9 to 21 inches long and have a life span of 20 to 30 years.

Poicephalus: Senegals, Red Bellies, Meyers, and Jardines


Compact, cuddly, and very playful describe this group of parrots. Senegal and Meyers Parrots are popular parrot companions due to their size, color, and pet qualities. They are also much quieter than many of the smaller, more colorful and popular parrots, like conures.

Eclectus Parrot


The Eclectus Parrot is native to the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, and Northeastern Australia. Eclectus Parrots are sexually dimorphic (meaning males and females are colored differently). The males of the species are bright green, having bright candy corn colored upper mandibles and black lower mandibles, and blue or red tail and wing feathers. The females are red headed and blue to purple breasted, with black beaks. Because their differences are so extreme, people thought they were two different species.

Pionus Parrots


Pionus Parrots are medium-sized parrots native to Central and South America. Pionus are excellent pets, great temperament, and quiet. This is another excellent choice for families or for the first time parrot owner.

Lories


The Eclectus Parrot is native to the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, and Northeastern Australia. Eclectus Parrots are sexually dimorphic (meaning males and females are colored differently). The males of the species are bright green, having bright candy corn colored upper mandibles and black lower mandibles, and blue or red tail and wing feathers. The females are red headed and blue to purple breasted, with black beaks. Because their differences are so extreme, people thought they were two different species.

Toucanettes and Aracaris


Are you looking for something that is truly unique and different? Don’t want to deal with the noise associated with parrots? Toucanettes and Aracaris (miniature toucans) make excellent pets. They are friendly, cuddly, playful, intelligent and curious about their surroundings. They like to play with toys, interact with their owners, and provide wonderful companionship.