Bird as an Emotional Support Animal

Publish Date: February 10th, 2021; Author: Darren M. Jorgenson.

Bird as an Emotional Support Animal

Emotional Support Animals are getting popular every day. Many animals had already made their place on the list of animals that can acquire certification, and birds are the newly added members of the ESA family. You may have heard about Emotional support dogs or cats as they are the most common among the ESA owners, but have you ever heard of Emotional Support Parrot or peacocks?

Getting a Bird certified is not much common. However, it is easy to get one certified. If you are among those owners who would like to get an ESA Letter for a bird, you must read this article till the end. If not, then, in this article, we will tell you about the birds as an emotional support animal.

Many people have this misconception that birds cannot be emotional support animals, but that’s not entirely true. Birds are the most intelligent creatures and can adapt according to the environment. Let’s first discuss why one should own a bird as a pet other than any animal.

Benefits of keeping birds as Emotional Support Animals

Long Lifespan:

Birds have a longer lifespan as compared to other pets. Hence, the one who owns them does not need to suffer from the pain of losing their fellow bird pet. They are good at providing more prolonged companionship to us.

Social Interaction:

Birds help in increasing social interaction with others. Well, birds like parrots have the skills to talk that makes them good at interacting with others. Interacting or socializing with others can make your mental health better.

Very Intelligent:

Scientific researchers have shown that birds are intelligent creatures. Only birds have the capability of repetition or mimicking the people around them. They are always there to talk and respond with the words you teach them. Due to this speaking capability, they are intelligent assistance animals.

Can Adjust in Small Places:

Birds like Canaries, Finches, or parrots are small in size and so are adjustable too. Due to there this advantage, they are easy to care for or to accommodate. They are comparatively much easy to handle as they do not require separate places to eat, drink, and use the bathroom. They can do all their stuff in their cages.

Comparatively Inexpensive to Feed:

Birds only eat a small volume of food per day as compare to other pets. They mainly eat plant-based food such as pelleted food, seed foods, and pre-washed fresh produce, which is relatively inexpensive. One should provide birds with a high-quality diet that they can get from fresh fruits or vegetables too.

Here are some birds that you can keep as an Emotional Support Animal

Parrot:

Emotional Support Parrot

Parrots are the most colorful, cheerful, and powerful birds and fall under small and large categories. They are more known for making companionship with humans. They are the most intelligent categories of birds with talkative and chirpy nature.

Here are some of the pet-friendly breeds of parrots that you can keep as an Emotional Support Animal:

African Grey parrot

African Gray parrot

African Grey is the most loving breed of parrots and is grey. These parrots are medium in size with 30 years or more lifespan. They are highly sociable and are a good communicator. They are talented, enthusiastic, and get adjusted to the environment easily.

Indian Ring-Necked Parakeet

Indian Ring-Necked Parakeet

Indian round neck parrots are mostly found in blue, green, and medium. These birds can live up to 30 years or more, they are good vocal communicators and are also excellent at whistling. Due to their friendly nature, they have been kept as a pet for ages and remains a favourite companion bird till today.

Cockatoos

Cockatoos

Cockatoos are pets that are also known as Velcro birds as they are highly sociable birds. A cockatoo is friendly as well as a demanding bird. They can be of black, grey, pink, and white colours and are large, medium-sized birds. They can live up to 30 or more years and are good vocal communicators too.

Amazon Parrots

Amazon Parrots

Amazon parrots are also the most popular medium-sized parrot species of parrots. They are friendly personalities with a loud, playful, and outgoing nature. They can even sing songs if they are adequately trained. They are easy to identify due to their green colour. These are bold, comical, and often love to be the centre of attention.

Lovebirds

Lovebirds

Lovebirds are the smallest breeds among the parrot family and are sometimes known as pocket parrots. They are very colourful, cheerful, and can live up to 20 years. These are charming and loving companions and don’t necessarily need a pair of lovebirds to keep them happy. These birds are pretty quiet companions and perfect for house companions.

Canaries:

Canaries

The canaries are of three different colours that are red, orange, and yellow. They are generally small in size, and their lifespan is up to 10 years. They have been a favourite among bird keepers for hundreds of years and are raised into more than 200 breeds. They can chatter, whistle, and good at interacting with people.

Finches:

Finches

Finches are the ideal choice for those who are looking to own these birds as pets. These birds are found in multiple colours and are small in size. They can live up to 10 years and have a pleasant nature. They are noisy and make charterer sounds with cuddly characters. Finches love to live in pairs as they do need the company of a (same-sex) partner.

Dove:

dove

Doves are great pets; they are good-natured and calm. These birds like their own kind of people around them. They are quiet, intelligent, and friendly. They do not get aggressive and do not bite, pluck, or chew. Also, they are good at sleeping, teasing, sunbathing, and nest sitting. They are small in size and usually have black eyes. Doves can live up to 15 years or longer. The most adaptable variety of doves are Ring neck Doves and Diamond Doves.

Pigeons:

pigeon

Pigeons are also another pet-friendly bird that is sweet and gentle. These birds rarely bite and are active, quick, and smart. They can be the right choice as a pet for older children who understand how to be calm and gentle with companion animals. They are also small in size and, therefore, are easy to carry around.

Just like Emotional support dogs and cats, Emotional support birds can also play a crucial role in healing the souls of mentally disabled patients. Birds-like parrot has a natural tendency to speak can prove to be a good companion, and they can keep their owner by keeping them busy in training activities. Birds may not be furry but are charming personalities due to their feathers, and they also love getting groomed by their owners. If you are willing to get a bird as an ESA, then it can be a great choice for you.

About Post Author

Darren M. Jorgensen has a fondness for all animals, though dogs especially, have a huge home in his heart. He enjoys quilting, making handcrafted soap and bodyworks and anything that produces practical products. Jorgensen lives with his own service dog who doubles as an Emotional Support Animal. He gets it.

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