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Friday, 21 August 2009

Pet Bird Info

If you are like most new bird owners, you find everything about this special little being to be quite fascinating. Whether you have owned a bird at some time in the past, or whether this is your very first bird, it probably seems as if you simply cannot get enough of this subject.

In addition to your own newfound interest in birds, children and the other members of your family are likely as entranced with the subject as you are. Sharing some fun facts and trivia about pet birds can enrich everyone’s knowledge about birds while making owning your own bird even more fun.

One fun bit of trivia about pet birds is that at least eight American presidents had pet birds while they were in office. Although most of us have heard about various presidents and their dogs and cats, less has been said about presidents and their fondness for birds.

In the olden days, Andrew Jackson, John Tyler, Theodore Roosevelt, James Madison, William McKinley, and Franklin Pierce, all loved the company of their birds when they were presidents of the United States. In a more recent era, John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson were the nation’s bird-loving presidents.

The pet birds owned by United States presidents ranged from parrots and macaws to canaries, lovebirds, and parakeets. While these birds may not have received as much publicity as presidential dogs and cats, they were surely beloved by their owners and their families.

Enjoying birds as pets dates long before the United States presidents, however, Although the precise period of time in which birds started to become members of human households is not known, it is presumed that choosing birds as pets dates as far back as the time of the ancient Egyptians.

The ancient Greeks also loved pet birds. Parakeets were the pet bird-of-choice during this era.