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Best Shop for Bird Nerds 

Your Basic Bird

Whether your passion for pet birds leans towards the amateur (the $15 parakeet that loves its mirror more than you) or the obsessive (all of your clothing is cockatoo-themed), Your Basic Bird makes it easy to keep your feathered kids screeching with joy. Since 1981, owner Claudia Hunka has kept it old-school at this homey pet shop in Elmwood, right down to the squeaky screen door and tightly packed shelves. In addition to birds, fish, and various types of adorable furry creatures, the shop sells high-quality, organic feeds in bags and bulk, and well-made toys at fair prices. Avian boarding, grooming, and expert advice are available from employees who know their Meyers parrots from their Senegals. When the typical pet shop these days is a megachain with as much character as Home Depot, the decibel level alone will remind you that there's nothing corporate about this place.

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