One mistake which many people make when they decide to purchase a new pet is to make a quick purchase without knowing much about the kind of pet they are adding to their home. This can lead to a number of unnecessary problems and unnecessary disappointment. They may find that they do not know how to properly take care of the pet, that it is much more time-consuming than they had expected, or that the pet they believed would be lots of fun was troublesome and annoying. They may even decide that they really do not want the pet at all. Fortunately, this does not need to happen to you. If you are willing to spend just a little time learning about the pet you have chosen before you purchase it and take it home, you can easily avoid any unnecessary problems and disappointment. Your new pet - and living with him - will be a great experience! Although the details will be addressed in an upcoming chapter, one of the most important things you need to know in advance is the upkeep which your new bird will need. This includes such factors as when, what, and how often he will need to be fed and watered, special products he will need in order to stay in excellent health, and the amount of exercise he will require. If this is to be your first pet bird, knowing all of this in advance can prevent worry and stress, and help your bird to lead a long, healthy life. The more you know about the specific type of bird you have selected, this also will go a long way toward the happiest life for him and the most enjoyment for you. A good start would be to consult with the owner of your pet shop, or check into resources at your local library. You can learn about the bird’s personality style and traits, what he is capable of learning and doing, and any particular needs that he might have. While you might be tempted to think that all birds are basically the same, this is not necessarily the case. Learning as much as you can about the specific breed you want to buy is not only informative, but will also show you how very special your new pet really is. You will surely appreciate his uniqueness!