My daughter is 12 so I hope that's a perfect age, Im looking for a bird beside tons of self-esteem?
12 is a perfect age. i suggest a parrot, cockatoo or parakeet.
That being said any hand fed powerfully socialized bird will fill the bill. Perhaps a green cheek or a senegal. Of coarse if you want to start small there are keets and tiels. Dont consent to any of these kids talk you into a gray or larger bird. The bigger the bird the more demanding and difficult they are. You really need some experience under your belt or someone contained by the house with bird experience before you tackle a larger one.
i personally believe its a great age to start, as long as you are prepared to continue to care for the bird if your daughter looses interest. it is a prized lesson for a child to learn to take care and responsibility for another go.
personally i would choose a budgie, they are colorful, interactive, fun, can talk (depending on the age you get them), mortal 12 yrs young i would not get her one that needs to be appendage fed, it makes her job too difficult.
catch her a young bird though so it gets used to her, and can become tamed. don't forget to trim its wings as you would can`t bear for her bird to escape and fly away when it is out of its cage.
also make certain you too keep an eye on the food, and water, remind her daily to check and reload them, giving her responsibilities now is a great achievement.
Get a canary!
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My little sister is 5 and my parents got a cocktail a couple of months after she was born. He is a great bird he have a lot of personality he loves to hang out next to my three dogs. He does great with my sister and her friends. They are easy to teach. They love to whistle and are hugely gentle.
I am 14 and I have a budgie. At the age of 12 i tamed him myself and now he is my best friend! although he does not talk, heaps budgies will. I would suggest you get a male because they are friendlier and more credible to talk. The bond i have with Joey (my budgie) is unreal. He loves coming out of his round up and has as much personality (if not more) than any larger parrot!