Italy tops European pet birds 2018; Belgium #1 per capita

Italy remained home to the largest population of pet birds in Europe in 2018. Belgium held the highest pet bird to people ratio.

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Bird in a cage in Burano, Italy, photo by pillerss, BigStock.com
Bird in a cage in Burano, Italy, photo by pillerss, BigStock.com

Italy remained home to the largest population of pet birds in Europe in 2018. Belgium held the highest pet bird to people ratio.

The European Pet Food Federation (FEDIAF) presented the estimated 2018 population of birds, dogs, cats and other pets in Europe in the latest edition of the report “FEDIAF Facts & Figures 2018,” along with other data on EU member and other European pet food markets, including Turkey.

Top 10 pet bird populations in Europe 2018

  1. Italy - 12,884,000
  2. Turkey - 11,200,000
  3. France - 5,600,000
  4. Spain - 5,300,000
  5. Germany - 4,800,000
  6. Belgium - 4,800,000
  7. Russia - 3,200,000
  8. Netherlands - 2,020,000
  9. United Kingdom - 1,000,000
  10. Greece - 980,000

Top 10 highest per capita pet bird population in Europe 2018

  1. Belgium - 0.415 birds per person
  2. Italy - 0.218 birds per person
  3. Turkey - 0.135 birds per person
  4. Netherlands - 0.118 birds per person
  5. Spain - 0.114 birds per person
  6. Greece - 0.088 birds per person
  7. France - 0.086 birds per person
  8. Germany - 0.058 birds per person
  9. Russia - 0.022 birds per person
  10. United Kingdom - 0.015 birds per person

The per capita population of dogs in each nation was estimated by dividing the dog population from the FEDIAF report by the approximate population of each country in 2018. Human population data was taken from Worldometer.info, which elaborated the numbers using United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division figures.

About European Pet Food Federation

The European Pet Food Federation represents the European pet food industry with around 200 production sites. It is an umbrella organization of national pet food industry associations. FEDIAF’s mission is to be the voice of the European pet food industry collaborating with authorities, regulators and academics for achieving favorable conditions for the supply of safe, nutritious and palatable products to pets and their owners. Based in Brussels, FEDIAF states that is is committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, to the wellbeing of pet animals, to their important social role and to sustainable development.

The annual Facts & Figures from FEDIAF are compiled using figures from FEDIAF and its member associations and estimations based upon where indicated.

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