Birds Gone Wild: Choosing the best bird for you

Posted at 5:08 PM, Jan 31, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-31 17:08:03-05

Looking to adopt?  How about opening your home and heart to a feathered friend.  January is Adopt a Rescued Bird Month and PIX11 marked the occasion by showcasing popular bird species.  Co-anchors Sukanya Krishnan and Frances Rivera were joined by 5 birds (learn more about them below) and Dr. Laurie Hess, owner of the Veterinary Center for Birds and Exotics and a contributing editor for

As it can only happen on live television–Frances did had a bit of a run in with a Caique.  She referred to the bird’s brightly colored feathers as color blocking.  Apparently he didn’t like it—and they exchanged a few blows.  Don’t worry bird lovers, the Caique came out on top.

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Featured Birds:

Cockatiel: great starter pet for families, fairly low maintenance, lots of varieties and colors, long-lived (20 years, unusual for a small bird)

Caique: known as clowns, completely fun, do tricks, roll around in your hand, not skittish like some birds, love to play, come in beautiful colors

African Gray: the best talkers, probably the smartest companion bird, tend to bond with one person, long-lived (up to 40 years)

Amazon: great companion bird, loves perching on your shoulder, good talkers, can sing, very smart, long-lived (50-60 years) so you often need to include them in your will

Umbrella Cockatoo: needy, cuddly, mushy, always wants to be with you, demanding of your attention, loves to be scratched and played with, very long-lived (40+ years).