Top 5 Popular Small Bird Breeds for Backyards (with Photos)

Roughly there are around 10,000 different bird species all around the world that are amazingly good for your backyard bird’s checklist. Though, there are a lot many types of bird breeds to choose from, here I am going a share a few among the top backyard birds that would perfectly fit your home and lifestyle.

African Greys

These are highly intelligent and excellent lifelong companions! They are otherwise called as African Grey Parrots. African Greys have the talent of mimicking human speech and they pick up words very quickly. These parrot species repeats everything they hear and builds a strong bonding with the owners. These birds require a lot of exercises to keep their muscles strong and maintain their physic, whereas they live a very long time.

African Greys

African Greys

Traits of African Grey Bird Breed

Name: African Grey

Origin: Africa

Lifespan: 50 to 70 years

Size: 12 to 14 inches from beak to tail

Weight: 400 to 650 grams

Colors: Grey feathers with shiny black beaks and bright red tail feathers

Feeding: Fresh veggies, fruits. Also enjoy eating seeds, nuts, eggs, and other snacks


The name itself portrays, Lovebirds are the most affectionate birds to their “chosen mate” as well as devoted to their owners. Usually they love hanging out and their pint-sized body looks like little clowns. They are very friendly, socialized and charming to interact with. As a owner if you are unable to spend time with your feathery lovebird, then you must offer him a cage companion to keep him engaged.

Lovebirds Parrot


Traits of Lovebird Breed

Name: Lovebird

Origin: Africa & Madagascar

Lifespan: 15 to 20 years

Size: 5 to 7 inches

Weight: 50 grams

Colors: There are a lot of colors to choose from

Feeding: Vegetables, greens, grains, seeds, berries, grass


This is a general term specifying a large number of small to medium sized bird breeds. Parakeets are usually named as “Budgerigar” or “Budgies” in common. These kinds of birds are very active, playful and have their own personality.

Parakeets (Budgies)

Parakeets (Budgies)

Traits of Parakeet Breed

Name: Parakeet, Budgerigar, Budgie

Origin: Grasslands, Southern Australia

Lifespan: 5 to 9 years

Size: 6 to 8 inches

Weight: 25 to 35 grams

Colors: Striped green, yellow, dark green feathers

Feeding: Seeds, vegetables, fruits, leafy greens


This wonderful small bird breed, Canary is known for its beauty, but they do not be more like a pet. They are good at singing and they are told as one of the sweetest voiced birds in the world. They require large spaces to enjoy inside cage. These birds are easily frightened; hence care should be taken when along with young children.



Traits of Canary Breed

Name: Canary

Origin: Canary Islands

Lifespan: Upto 10 years

Size: 4 to 8 inches

Weight: 12 to 28 grams

Colors: Yellow, white, red, shades of brown

Feeding: Sprouts, fresh greens, vegetables, fruits


Also known as Quarrion or Weiro, Cockatiels are small, easy to care and intelligent pet birds, which is also a member of parrot family. They do mimic speech of humans and are quite good at whistle tunes. They are ideal for young children who need a gentle and sweet natured companion. Cockatiel’s feathers have powder that affect persons with allergies.



Traits of Cockatiels Breed

Name: Cockatiels, Quarrion, Weiro

Origin: Semi-arid regions of Australia

Lifespan: 15 to 20 years

Size: Upto 12 inches

Weight: 78 to 125 grams

Colors: Grey, yellow, white

Feeding: Seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables

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