This short magazine article is for new bird owners who want to be confident they know all the basics of how to get started providing their new feathered friend with a safe, happy, and fulfilling life. The original article appeared in the January 1997 issue of Bird Talk, and it has now been updated for the 21st century. Everyone should know this basic information before they take a new bird home. This information is intended for anyone who wants to share it for free to beginning bird owners. Please don't re-sell it or claim it as your own work.