The Top 8 Pet Birds for Active People

Finch on swing perch

It might be challenging to pick the ideal pet bird for your way of life. And it becomes even more difficult if you have a hectic schedule that prevents you from spending many hours a day with your bird. Due to their social nature as flock members, several pet bird species require almost continual contact from their keepers. However, other species may tolerate their caregiver being gone longer because they are a little more independent or enjoy the company of other birds. For those with hectic schedules, here are eight birds.


Every pet bird requires some daily attention (feeding, cleaning, play) from its caretaker. Be positive you have the time to meet a bird's needs before acquiring one.

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    zebra finch on branch

    A flock of finches may be taken care of by even busy bird lovers. Finches are often passive pets that don't require a lot of engagement from people. If you provide them a spacious flight cage, they do well in small flocks of three to five birds. You must be able to set aside time each day to take care of tasks like giving your finches fresh food and water, cleaning up any mess, and making sure everyone is content and healthy in order to satisfy their demands.

    Species Overview

    Length: 4 inches

    Weight: 0.5 ounce

    Physical Features: Male zebra finches have red-orange beaks, orange cheek patches, and black and white neck bars. Females have gray body coloring and a less brilliant beak (female zebra finch)

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    Many canaries, like other members of the finch family, prefer to remain alone to human interaction. Canaries are really quite lonely birds and do well when kept alone or in bonded couples. (Avoid housing two male canaries together; they have a tendency to quarrel.) These birds require a sizable cage with ample space for flying and some amusement gadgets.

    Species Overview

    Length: 5 to 8 inches

    Weight: 0.5 to 1 ounce

    Physical Characteristics: Feathers of bright yellow (most common), red, orange, or white; some varieties have head crests or frilly feathers

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    A dove is a good option if you want a bird that can amuse itself and likes to interact with people. Doves, who are calm and gentle, require at least a couple hours each day of play and socialising outside of their cages. But other from that, they often like lounging about in their cage, as long as it is big enough to enable them to exercise.

    Species Overview

    Length: 11 to 13 inches

    Weight: 5 to 8 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Plumage of dull grays and browns; black collar around nape of neck; black eyes and beak; mutations include white, orange, and pied (ring-necked dove)

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    Small parrots called budgies (or parakeets) have all the personality of their bigger relatives. Despite the fact that they are little, kids still need plenty of playtime and social interaction. To avoid boredom and loneliness, budgies should spend at least a few hours each day with their caregivers. They may not form as strong of bonds with their humans if kept among other birds.

    Species Overview

    Length: 6 to 8 inches

    Weight: 1 ounce

    Physical Characteristics: Green abdomen; black and yellow back; yellow head; dark blue tail; mutations include blue, yellow, white, and gray

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    The clever, sociable cockatiels create close ties with their keepers. Your bird needs at least a couple hours of interaction with you every day; otherwise, it could experience depression or start damaging habits like feather plucking. These birds may, however, spend a lot of their day playing with toys in a large cage.

    Species Overview

    Length: 12 to 13 inches

    Weight: 3 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Gray body; yellow face and crest; orange cheeks; long tail; mutations include albino, lutino, pied, and cinnamon

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    Lovebirds are gregarious creatures and if not handled frequently, they might grow a little feisty. Therefore, you must have the time to spend at least a couple hours a day interacting with your bird. Although they require exercise outside of the cage, they may also spend a lot of time inside playing with toys.

    Species Overview

    Length: 5 to 7 inches

    Weight: 2 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Short tail; somewhat stocky build; many color varieties, including green, blue, peach, yellow, and white; the face and body usually bear different colors

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    Pionus parrots have a reputation for being quite independent and amicable with their keepers. They require a large enclosure and at least three hours of daily outside exercise due to their high level of activity. However, because of their independence, they can continue to be content even if they must spend portion of the day alone.

    Species Overview

    Length: 11 inches

    Weight: 8 to 9 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Blue head and neck; green body; black patches over ears; red on underside of tail; black beak with red sides

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    Bourke's Parakeet

    As compared to many other parakeet species, Bourke's parakeets are typically calm, laid-back, and less energetic birds. They are frequently at their most active during dawn and dusk and then like to relax for the remainder of the day. A person who works throughout the day but can tend to their bird in the mornings and nights may find it to be the best situation.

    Species Overview

    Length: 7 to 9 inches

    Weight: 2 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Brown-tinted plumage; pink abdomen; blue rump; yellowish-brown beak; males have blue crowns while females have white