Because they can take wing and fly, birds capture the human imagination unlike any other group of animals. According to current estimates, there are around 10,000 bird species, with many more subspecies, hundreds of which have been kept as pets or as aviary specimens. There are over 370 species of parrots alone, almost all of which have appeared in captivity at one time or another and many of which are respected for their ability to talk or to perform tricks. There are also hundreds, if not thousands, of domesticated birds varieties to pick from, especially among the canaries and the pigeons. The choices can be truly bewildering.

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