7 Photos of Birds and People Beautifully Bonding With Each Other
If you love birds, it might be hard to explain to others why you enjoy their company so much. After all, cats and dogs are much more well known for being companion animals than birds. And even if folks don’t own a cat or a dog, many of them are still likely to interact with a pup they see on the sidewalk or a kitty sitting on a friend’s couch. But people and birds have long shared a connection — and it’s no surprise that it’s still going strong for some of us today.
Relationship Between People and Birds
According to Project Beak, people have cared for birds as pets since as early as 2,200 B.C. Evidence shows early depictions of royals in ancient China receiving falcons as gifts. Today, falcons are known mostly for being hunting birds rather than pet birds, but since hunting with falcons didn’t actually begin until the eighth century B.C., we can only imagine how those princes spent their time with those powerful birds all those centuries ago.
Today, most bird owners bond with species like canaries, parrots, and finches. Not only are these birds absolutely beautiful, but they also make cheerful feathery members of the family to have around the house. Even people who have never owned a bird would have a hard time denying how captivating one can be — even when you’re only viewing it from a distance. According to NPR, millions of Americans say that they consider themselves birdwatchers, or “birders” for short. But birdwatcher Jonathan Rosen, author of The Life of the Skies ($18.98, Amazon), argues in his book: “Everyone is a birdwatcher, but there are two kinds of birdwatchers: those who know what they are and those who haven’t yet realized it.” Judging by these lovely photos of birds bonding with humans — both indoors and outdoors — we find it tough to disagree with that. Who knows? Maybe these friendly birds are “watching” us too!
Scroll below to see some of the most beautiful photos of birds with people, then click on the circular buttons below your favorite one to share it instantly with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest!
Birds And People
Doesn't this woman look like she's having the time of her life? Those must be pretty darn friendly birds for her to welcome them with such open arms.
People And Birds
We can't get over how giant this cockatoo is — the bird is taller than this little girl's head! That said, the pet's face shows nothing but adoration and affection for the tiny owner. What could be sweeter than that?
People With Birds
We can't get over how cozy this pet parrot looks sitting on a human palm. We wonder if this is the bird's version of a big, comfy couch?
We can't think of a sweeter duo than a pet and a pet owner. Don't these two make such a good team?
This man looks truly captivated by the magnificent hummingbird on his palm. And who can blame him? We can almost swear that the bird looks just as spellbound as he does.
People Feeding Birds
Nothing says friendship quite like sharing a snack. This woman shows these swans that she has quite a lot of friendship to share! How cute.
Whether or not you're a fan of birds, you have to admit that they have a power and beauty that humans have yet to fully understand. But we think the mystery makes our relationship with these magnificent animals even more fun!