| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

Best Birds for a Beginner | Pet Bird

Doctor Hess: So, what are the best bird pets
for beginners? People who’ve never had birds before. Well, definitely the best birds not to get
when you’ve just started out with birds are large birds, like Macaws. Even Cockatoos or African Greys. It’s very tempting to get those birds because
they’re phenomenal. They’re smart. They talk. They’re very interactive. But, they really require quite a bit of care. So, we usually recommend that you start out
with something a little smaller. Maybe a Parakeet, a Budgerigar or a Cockatiel. If you want something a little bit bigger
you could consider a medium sized parrot. Maybe a Conure or a Caique. I don’t know. What would you say, Sarah? Sarah: I would say that birds this size are
about among the best for beginners. While these guys can be a little louder than
a Parakeet or a Cockatiel, they’re also very smart and playful. When I think that a lot of times what people
are looking for when they want to get a bird, they want that bird that’s going to bond with
them. That’s going to play with them. And a lot of these smaller birds are very
smart. They can learn tricks. They can do different behaviors and you can
really work with them. And I think it’s a good opportunity for people
to learn how to work behaviorally with a bird if you get a smaller one. And then, when they’re ready they can move
on to the bigger birds. Doctor Hess: Yeah. Good things come in small packages. You know, birds don’t have to be huge to be
fun and interactive. They’re a little less intimidating when they’re
small. I think people do develop a comfort level
with little birds. And when they’re ready they can even move
up and have more than one bird. But, please, please don’t rush out as your
first bird and get a big, big Macaw. I think that you’ll be disappointed and that
it may be a little more than you expect. And that bird will live with you then for
another 30, 40 years. And, until you’re sure you’re really a bird
person, maybe it’s best to start with something a little smaller.


Christian P

Jun 6, 2018, 4:14 am Reply

What's the red bird called?

The three Musketeers

Jul 7, 2018, 5:28 pm Reply

what about a quail

The Giant Panda

Jul 7, 2018, 10:07 am Reply

I got a pterodactyl. What do i do now?

Joseph Forgey

Jul 7, 2018, 2:25 am Reply

Personally I have always wanted a parrot but it seems like too much time but I heard you can always try to adopt a bird that might be already trained

Grace Lee

Jul 7, 2018, 1:37 am Reply

What about a canary or parrotlet? And what birds are best for a responsible but young adopter (basically if they are out at school for kost of the day)

martin king

Jul 7, 2018, 12:50 pm Reply


Jax Petigo

Jul 7, 2018, 1:25 am Reply


Oddrey Weird

Jul 7, 2018, 5:54 pm Reply

Oh I got a dumbo what now..?

Jojo Thompson

Jul 7, 2018, 11:43 am Reply

Budgies (budgerigars) are absolutely horrendous if they are not handled or hand trained from birth. They will be extremely nervous and aggressive, at least that’s what I’ve experienced with any of them not hand reared. If they are hand reared you need to continue to have them out of the cage and keep them used to it, otherwise they might forget you and become aggressive or nervous. I would not recommend budgies at all.

Andrea Espinosa

Jul 7, 2018, 7:50 pm Reply

My first bird is blue and gold macaw. If you have the time n the ability to take to work


Jul 7, 2018, 9:09 am Reply

I got a pteranodon

Kim Possible

Jul 7, 2018, 9:37 am Reply

I’m getting a macaw. Like why would I want a parakeet or canary or finch for my first bird? But technically it won’t be my first bird anyway. Just my first bird in a long time.

Jwrry 1

Jul 7, 2018, 6:57 pm Reply

How about an ari
Is that good?

Someone You Might Know

Aug 8, 2018, 6:17 pm Reply

I have a dog……
I rlly want a big bird.. does that count? XD I swear ill do the research!!!


Aug 8, 2018, 8:34 am Reply

In my opinion. There is no thing as a starter bird. A bird is a bird. They all need care and different needs. So you can get any bird as your first. Just know a little about what you want before you get it

Sadie’s Critters

Aug 8, 2018, 4:14 pm Reply

The thumbnail is really miss leading…. people are gonna think a Macaw is gonna be a good bird to get for your first bird

Lourdes Arevalo

Aug 8, 2018, 4:28 pm Reply

What about love birds

Mr. Birdy

Aug 8, 2018, 2:59 am Reply

My friend got an African grey

It’s been trained for like 20 years he is so frendly even though he was bough 2 like 6 months ago


Aug 8, 2018, 7:06 pm Reply

B-But i wanted a fookin emu!!!!


Aug 8, 2018, 5:50 pm Reply

says that macaw's aren't good starter birds and has a child with a macaw in the thumbnail wow


Aug 8, 2018, 4:02 am Reply

I got a vulture for my first one


Aug 8, 2018, 4:03 am Reply

And it ate my dog?

Xxiwant todiexX

Aug 8, 2018, 5:56 am Reply

i bought 4 parakeets/budgies my first time 🙂

i'm thinking about getting a cockatiel next.

Julien Prévost

Aug 8, 2018, 11:47 pm Reply

What about an eclectus ?

Space Whale

Aug 8, 2018, 4:30 am Reply

Why aren’t ducks on this list? They’re great pets.

Pana Sonic

Aug 8, 2018, 12:22 pm Reply

Why didn't both of them address the elephant in the room??? The eclectus is a superbly wonderful medium-sized bird to begin with. It's super easy and super friendly and super quiet. Shhhh


Aug 8, 2018, 10:38 pm Reply

Please don’t get a macaw for a beginner cuz they are hard to take care of I would perfer a budgie or a cockatiel maybe a small bird but not a macaw ?

Nate royer

Aug 8, 2018, 11:34 pm Reply

Honestly never buy a cockatoo without experience. They are smart in a annoying way. They screech at night which gets you to check but you'll find out it wants attention

Nate royer

Aug 8, 2018, 11:34 pm Reply

Sure I'll buy my five year old a macaw nothing bad will happen


Sep 9, 2018, 8:03 pm Reply

Can you start with a rosella?


Sep 9, 2018, 7:32 am Reply

This did not help me ????


Sep 9, 2018, 2:13 pm Reply

If you want to start with a bigger bird; Chicken, Duck, Turkey. JK, tho that said I've formed a really interesting bond with our local brush turkey.


Sep 9, 2018, 10:02 pm Reply

Are lovebirds ok? :))

Beebug 17

Sep 9, 2018, 7:04 pm Reply

That cage is WAY too small. Even for the conure.

Jaxon Snyder

Sep 9, 2018, 2:11 am Reply

Why is the thumbnail a kid petting a blue and gold maca

Gracyn Bogie

Oct 10, 2018, 1:29 am Reply

I'm pretty late, but I totally disagree with the bigger bird rule!! My pterodactyl has been the easiest pet I've ever owned!


Oct 10, 2018, 8:22 pm Reply

I’m planning on getting a Fischer’s lovebird or a Lillian lovebird and I’m just in love with them❤️❤️


Oct 10, 2018, 4:34 am Reply

I am going to get a cockatoo for my first parrot I don't care and no one can tell me otherwise

Lemmy Koopa

Oct 10, 2018, 5:52 pm Reply

Cmon I was gonna get a Tyrannosaurus rex.

Meilow Siberian

Oct 10, 2018, 9:26 pm Reply

Yep a blue throated macaw BEST STARTING BIRD.

Fiery 963

Oct 10, 2018, 12:47 pm Reply

Basically, the thing is to do months of research and think hard about it before you get any pet. Talk to the people who live with you about whether it would be okay with them and consider costs as some animals can be very expensive.

s3r Love

Oct 10, 2018, 12:09 am Reply

The thumbnail looks weird

chibuzor imafidon

Oct 10, 2018, 4:16 pm Reply

this is good I love this

Blue Vegerot

Nov 11, 2018, 10:33 am Reply

I have 2 cockatiels that ive had for 6 years and 2 weeks ago the day came when i took the decision to get a bigger parrot ,anddddd i got a 5 months old Indian Ringneck and im so happy, not hard to take care of 🙂

Rheyn Paterson

Nov 11, 2018, 12:12 am Reply

It’s just up to what people want I’m getting a cockatoo that’s my first bird it all depends on the person


Nov 11, 2018, 2:00 pm Reply

Oh no… I got a dodo what do I do now

Vin Kav

Nov 11, 2018, 3:13 am Reply

your opinion is irrelevant, im getting a cassowary


Nov 11, 2018, 2:39 pm Reply

Yikes… suggesting both conures and caiques for beginners. Two birds that are notorious for being birds that require intensive care and knowledge of to provide them decent care. That out of everything in here had me floored. People – DO NOT GET THOSE BIRDS IF YOU ARE A BEGINNER. Caiques require a certain amount of dominance in order to be properly trained, and Conures are very possessive over their owners and tend to avoid and sometimes even attack people who are not their owners that try to interact with them. These behaviors in conures can be curbed, sure, but they're near impossible to prevent unless you know exactly what you're doing.

Budgies, cockatiels, and finches. Those three are the absolute best to get if you've never once had a bird.

Sayem Rahman

Dec 12, 2018, 6:14 am Reply

Should i cut the bird feather for quick taming?please reply.

Alicia Ballesteros-Mitchell

Dec 12, 2018, 8:09 pm Reply

i got a vulture…. what do i do now??

MoonCrest Studios

Dec 12, 2018, 10:44 am Reply

I just got an Arabian turtle emu-duckbutt

A.J Gaming

Dec 12, 2018, 1:08 am Reply


Emma Alvarez

Dec 12, 2018, 9:02 pm Reply

what type of bird is that? I probably couldn't afford it. I may go to the pet shelter

Bell Iron Fist

Dec 12, 2018, 11:28 pm Reply

Don’t get a sun conure. They’re loud! But they are good birds.

BlueJay Studio

Dec 12, 2018, 3:38 am Reply

Is getting two small birds good for starters?

Animal Adventures

Dec 12, 2018, 3:05 am Reply

I'm getting a parakeet so is my sis couse they get lonley!!!!!!!!

Gatcha Cookie

Jan 1, 2019, 11:20 pm Reply

Green cheek conures are meant to be really hard to tame I don't get this?

Jenna Stevenson

Jan 1, 2019, 11:11 pm Reply

Conures? No way! Not beginner birds. They have major mood swings and would totally discourage new bird owners. Budgies are totally the best for beginners, as they can’t draw blood from pecking. Conures can bite pretty hard, and for many more reasons, they shouldn’t be the bird for a first time bird owner.

Mr. Cheese

Jan 1, 2019, 11:23 pm Reply

I better tell my mom not to get my 10 year old sister a cockatoo

Erin Averyt

Jan 1, 2019, 6:46 pm Reply

I've owned cats both times I love cats but never owned a parrot before any advice


Jan 1, 2019, 11:34 pm Reply

"Best birds for beginners"

Puts macaw in the thumbnail

Stache_the_ Doggo

Jan 1, 2019, 3:04 am Reply

Just think about what you want in your bird and do your research

Avery Wilson-Hannah

Jan 1, 2019, 1:13 pm Reply


Bob Rosenthal

Feb 2, 2019, 5:11 pm Reply

You should get the bird you want not the bird you'll out-grow

Blue Vegerot

Feb 2, 2019, 6:15 pm Reply

Indian Ringnecks are the best parrots

Kyriakos Michael

Feb 2, 2019, 1:18 pm Reply

Is a flying squirel a good beginner bird?

xXMarble FoxXx

Feb 2, 2019, 5:17 pm Reply


Soft Serve Fox

Feb 2, 2019, 3:57 am Reply

Ari from Jaiden Animations is here

C&S Cockatiels

Feb 2, 2019, 2:13 am Reply

I’m a beginner, and I got two cockatiels a month ago.


Feb 2, 2019, 6:36 pm Reply

So, i got a Flamingo
What do i do now?

– Karma –

Feb 2, 2019, 10:55 pm Reply

I have had 6 budgies 2 kakarikis two rosellas and a cockatiel . Am I ready for a bird like a African grey / amazon parrot ?

Turkey Time

Feb 2, 2019, 3:22 am Reply

Gobble gobble

Turkey Time

Feb 2, 2019, 3:23 am Reply


Turkey Time

Feb 2, 2019, 3:23 am Reply

Gobble gobble gobble

Dil Lee

Mar 3, 2019, 7:05 pm Reply

Always remember when getting parrots like African Grey's, or Macaws or Cocatoos, they are a lifetime responsibility, because they WILL most probably outlive you, they grow very very old.


Mar 3, 2019, 6:03 am Reply

Lovebirds are understated for a beginner bird. However, if you are planning on getting a larger bird, a lovebirds personality will prepare you for a larger parrot. They have big personality of their larger family, but smaller poops, bites, lifetime commitment and out of cage time required. I recommend a lovebirds for a beginning bird.

The birds mans

Mar 3, 2019, 11:40 am Reply

So my dad used to have a bunch of birds he had a macaw a cockatoo a sun conure and so I'm 13 I was hoping to get a cockatoo so I come home around 3:50 every day and usely fall asleep at 10 so if I put the bird up at ten is that good

Galaxy Gacha Fox

Mar 3, 2019, 10:06 pm Reply

I'm thinking of trying to get a pigeon. They are everything I want in a bird. Beautiful, affectionate, loyal, smart (I think XD) and in captivity they can live up to 20 years! (I'd be 32 when it died, I'd grow up with that cutie!) What do you think? Should I try? They (in my opinion) are the smaller versions of peacocks (my fav bird) Like, a dove and peacock had a baby, boom! Pigeon.

Delicious Vegans

Apr 4, 2019, 12:47 am Reply

"what kinds of birds should beginners get?" "birds this size" proceeds not to give any names of birds beginners should buy*

Sarah Omidi

Apr 4, 2019, 5:07 pm Reply

Her- macaws can live 34 years
THEY LIVE 60+ years

Tarik AlAkkad

Apr 4, 2019, 9:15 pm Reply

How about a riven or a crow?

Rana Imran

Apr 4, 2019, 10:10 am Reply

I would rank the following birds according to my experience. (1 being most likely and 5 being less likely)

1. Cockatiel
2. Green Rinkneck parakeets
3. Conures (sun, green, jenday, etc.)
4. Alexandrine Parakeet
5. African Grey parrot

I have no experience with budgies or love birds so i have excluded them from the list.

Aria Chan UwU Halloow :3

Apr 4, 2019, 8:32 pm Reply

What’s the red parrot breed?

Fishing with Drake

Apr 4, 2019, 8:40 pm Reply

Water mocoson

quincy macabeo

Apr 4, 2019, 1:47 pm Reply

How about a ARI? ( jaiden animasions more like
…… ARIanimations @^@

kylie rose

May 5, 2019, 8:49 pm Reply

dang it i got a emu, what do i do now?

Chris Gordon

May 5, 2019, 8:20 pm Reply

Just remember a green back could last 40 years – not a throw away toy

E gaming

Jun 6, 2019, 5:27 pm Reply

I want a cockatoo. I have lots of experience with budgies and they are at the doctor, they have to stay there for their rest of their life now.?

Bell Iron Fist

Jun 6, 2019, 9:14 pm Reply

I don’t suggest budgies. They are super hard to tame. If you do get a budgie, only get 1 at the time. If you get more, they’re going to be hard to tame because they’ve already bonded with each other. If you’re going to get a Conure, do your research. Some types of conures can be very loud such as a sun conure which was my first time bird. If you give them a shot, all birds are rewarding little things!

Joshua crooks

Jun 6, 2019, 8:02 am Reply

Leave a like if you have a moustache parakeet

Prop Dusty

Jun 6, 2019, 3:25 pm Reply

so in the video why didnt you say what the 2 birds were.. I like the one she was holding so what is it?

Savannah Mendez

Jul 7, 2019, 2:08 am Reply

is a Green cheeked conure? a good idea bc i rllly want one of those im doing my own lil resreach to get one :3

TaterTot Tony

Jul 7, 2019, 8:01 am Reply

What bird does Sarah have in her hand

Budgie Birb

Jul 7, 2019, 8:57 pm Reply

ItS aN aRi

Blind Shisui

Jul 7, 2019, 8:50 pm Reply

Hey I don’t care I can get any size with my money

Crazy Cubing

Jul 7, 2019, 9:28 am Reply

Jokes on you

I already own 15 birds

sandy pusineri

Jul 7, 2019, 4:44 am Reply

"what are the best bird pets"*facepalms*


Jul 7, 2019, 2:27 am Reply

Started off with a budgie and one of them almost made me never want a bird again. He was the most aggressive and antisocial bird I had ever met. But I still love birds and I’m striving everyday to be an even better owner. I plan on getting my parakeet a new friend because sadly his old friend died (of old age)

The Lone Dolphin

Jul 7, 2019, 8:19 pm Reply

You should get the bird you want despite size because once you get a bird and you plan on only getting one it’s a long commitment if you do research you should be fine

Quinnist qq

Aug 8, 2019, 4:44 am Reply

I have school, how am I gonna tame them if I get home at 4/5?? ;-;…

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