National Pet Bird Day is marked annually on Sept. 17 to celebrate the feathered creatures that bring countless joy and provide companionship to people. This day is not a public holiday.

On the day dedicated to pet birds, spend time with these wonderful creatures. If you don't own one, this could be the perfect opportunity for adopting one. 

According to the American Pet Products Association's 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey, 5% of U.S. households own a bird, which equates to 5.7 million households.

Here are some quotes, courtesy Everyday Power, for the day:

1. "Everyone likes birds. What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird?" – David Attenborough

2. "If birds can glide for long periods of time, then why can't I?" – Orville Wright

3. "You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life." – Rumi

4. "It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds." – Aesop

5. "Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings." – Victor Hugo

6. "I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance." – E. E. Cummings

7. "The caged bird sings with a fearful trill, of things unknown, but longed for still, and his tune is heard on the distant hill, for the caged bird sings of freedom." – Maya Angelou

8. "I'm like a bird, I only fly away. I don't know where my soul is. I don't know where my home is." – Nelly Furtado

9. "The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings." – J.M. Barrie

10. "The bird dares to break the shell, then the shell breaks open and the bird can fly openly. This is the simplest principle of success. You dream, you dare and you fly." – Israelmore Ayivor

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