Top 8 Low-Maintenance Bird Species for Pets

Low-maintenance pet birds species

There are no maintenance-free bird species, however some are simpler to take care of as pets than others. Due to their diminutive size compared to larger birds, these birds usually leave less of a mess. Additionally, because they need smaller cages, their caregivers have to do less cleaning. And while some enjoy regular interaction with their favorite people, others are content to amuse themselves by playing with toys or other birds. These eight birds are good pets since they need little upkeep.


Several of these birds can live for 10 years or longer. So even if your bird's day-to-day care is minimal, it's still a substantial commitment.

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    White dove eating out of a person's hand

    Doves are friendly birds who love interacting with humans but are also willing to amuse themselves for a large portion of the day. They are merely medium-sized birds, so cleanup isn't too difficult. To prevent a vitamin D shortage, make sure they are fed a balanced diet, enjoy at least a few hours of outside activity, and have access to UV radiation.

    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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    Finches often don't need to be handled or taken outside of their cages to play as long as they have a large flight cage and a few sociable flock members. In actuality, most finches prefer to interact with other finches than people. They may thus be enjoyed by anybody who has the time to feed, water, and clean up after them.

    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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    Canaries are another fantastic option for bird enthusiasts looking for a low-maintenance pet bird because they belong to the finch family. There are several distinct varieties of canaries, and each one has specific maintenance needs. In order to be healthy, these birds generally need a balanced food, a cage that allows them to fly, and some toys.

    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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    Budgies have close relationships with their keepers and value attention, much like the majority of parrots. However, compared to many bigger species, they are usually simpler to keep busy. As long as the bird's caregiver can socialize with it for at least a few hours each day, a budgie in a large cage filled with toys can flourish. Additionally, compared to larger parrots, these birds don't leave much of a mess.

    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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    Cockatiels need at least a couple hours of daily recreation outside of their cages, much like budgies. They are not at all as demanding as some kinds of bigger parrot, though. They can amuse themselves for several hours as long as they have a large cage with toys. Cockatiels are very clever birds that can be taught to whistle and obey directions, despite the fact that they don't often communicate.

    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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    Another species that condenses the appeal of a huge parrot into a more manageable, smaller package is the lovebird. Contrary to popular belief, lovebirds may survive alone as long as they interact with their keepers for at least a few hours each day. Give them a large cage filled with toys, particularly safe for birds to gnaw on.

    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 Parrot

    Pionus parrots are known for having a streak of independence while still being dedicated to their keepers. If you have to leave them alone for a few hours, they can stay happy because of this. They like playing with their caregivers, but they are also content playing with toys by themselves. Just make sure these energetic birds get three hours or more of daily activity outside of their cages.

    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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    One of the calmest members of the parrot family, the lineolated parakeet is occasionally mistaken for a budgie. They require several hours of engagement with their caregivers each day because they are highly sociable creatures, especially if they don't have any other bird pals. However, given their size, they don't occupy much room or create a lot of a mess.

    Species Overview

    Length: 6 to 7 inches

    Weight: 2 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Primarily green with black and dark green stripes on back, wings, and sides; blue under wings; dark green tail; tan beak