19 Beautiful Birds You Can Own as Pets

Often, people will admire an animal and decide they want to keep it as a pet. Many times, this is not an ideal situation for the animal. This happens frequently with birds. Because they are beautiful and fascinating, birds are often trapped for sale in the exotic pet trade.

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This causes problems not only for the bird species itself but also disrupts the ecosystem from which the birds come. It is estimated that only 1 in 6 of the parrots captured in the wild for the pet trade survive the process. The same is true for other species. That being said, some people work to breed and protect endangered species of birds. They release them back into the wild to restore decimated populations or help introduce them to new environments where they can thrive.