Birds, such as parrots, canaries and finches, are highly intelligent and can be wonderful pets. Their beauty and intelligence make them very popular, but it’s not uncommon for new owners to be surprised by the degree of daily care and attention these animals require to be happy and healthy.

Before you purchase or adopt a bird who may live dozens of years, consider Dr. Laurie Hess’ advice to make sure a pet bird is right for you.

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