Reflections on Parrot Behaviour

Parrot Behaviour

Reflections on Parrot Behaviour

Parrot BehaviourWhen we look in the mirror, we know who looks back. Children learn that a mirror image is not a real person by the age of two. It takes them another year or so to recognise their reflection as themselves. Humans take this ability for granted, but it is in fact quite rare in the animal kingdom. So, what does your pet bird see in the mirror?

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

The vast majority of animals will respond to a mirror as though it is another animal, at least at first. Some will attack their reflection, which of course fights back. Many birds fall in this category. Others will try to make friends and may even court the mirror image.

Most animals will soon realise that the reflection is not real. In experiments with African Grey parrots, the birds will at first try to talk to the mirror, but give up when it doesn’t respond. They then start to look behind the mirror; some of us have seen cats do the same. The image has no scent and makes no sound, reducing its credibility.

An animal needs to have a certain sense of self before it can recognise itself. Researchers test this by applying a mark to the animal in a place that is only visible in a mirror. The animal is unaware of the marking process. When it sees itself in the mirror, a self-aware animal will immediately touch the mark on its own body. Think of it as that moment in the bathroom when you spot the cappuccino foam on your nose.

The only mammals, other than humans, that can do this are the great apes, elephants and dolphins. Monkeys do not recognise themselves. In the bird world, some members of the crow family show self-recognition. A magpie will remove a coloured sticker from its body when it spots the offending mark in the mirror, and so will pigeons. However, most birds, including parrots, don’t show this behaviour.

Smoke and Mirrors

Dr Irene Pepperberg has spent a lifetime working with African Grey parrots. She studies learning and language as part of the Harvard Animal Studies Project. Experiments in her laboratory looked at mirror use in parrots, with intriguing results.

The researchers placed either a treat or a scary object in a small box. The open side of the box faced a mirror. Alo and Kyaaro, both African Grey parrots, took turns to approach the box from behind. The birds were quick to check the reflection in the mirror; and if the mirror showed a scary object in the box, they retreated, but if they spotted a treat, they retrieved it. Neither parrot ever mistook the reflection for the real thing – they looked at the reflection, but went straight for the hidden treat inside the box.

In a second set of experiments, the researchers used a series of up to four boxes. They placed a treat in one of these. Alo and Kyaaro couldn’t see into the boxes, but they could view the contents in a mirror angled near the boxes. The birds were able to use the mirror to identify the correct box, containing a treat. Without a mirror, they couldn’t find the right box.

This research shows that birds can use mirrors to solve problems. They somehow know that the reflection represents the real world. At the same time, one wonders how they explain the aloof but handsome stranger in the mirror.

Budgerigars and Mirrors

Budgerigars are not able to recognise themselves in a mirror. Not only do they seem to think the mirror is another bird, they also want to get to know it better. Budgies may even prefer a mirror to a real bird. Experiments have shown that, far from familiarity breeding contempt, this affection increases over time.

Before cutting screen time for your pet, take heart in some positive effects of mirrors. Researchers at Saint Joseph’s University put mirrors with colonies of budgies. Birds who spent more time with their reflection also had stronger bonds with their mates. It seems that these individuals are more gregarious in general. For them, a mirror is good company when their mate is not in the mood.

The intelligence of birds is well recognised. Pet birds often become bored, especially when housed alone. Cage enrichment by providing toys, including mirrors, is an excellent way to provide stimulation and in some cases may help prevent abnormal behaviour such as feather plucking. Mirrors may be even more effective with added sound, such as a bell.

We may never know what our feathered friends are thinking as they look in the mirror.
You are the fairest of them all, perhaps?

With thanks to LoveMyVouchers.co.uk for this revealing look into how birds and other members of the animal kingdom react to mirrors.

To equip your bird cage with mirrors and keep your pet parrot enriches visit www.ParrotEssentials.co.uk/Mirrors

Parrots Halloween Safety Practical Guide

Parrots Halloween Safety

In this article Chris Davis talks about aspects of Parrots Halloween Safety and how we can protect our feathered friends during the month of “Trick or Treats”

Parrots Halloween Safety

This is the time of year when most of us invite little neighborhood “goblins and ghoulies and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night” to our front doors for treats. Because this is considered the scariest time of the year, I thought it appropriate to share some of the frightening things that can happen if we are not vigilant while the festivities are going on. Although most of us understand that a costume party held in the area of the house that our birds consider a place of safety may be difficult for them, we do not think of how we may endanger them during those times when we entertain many costumed strangers on our door steps each October 31st.

Our birds are precious family members whom we enjoy including in those activities that are safe for them. As their stewards, we do our best to consider all the potential problems that may arise from any situation in which they are placed. Because of our strong feelings of love and protection, it is not enough to assess only potential problems that may exist for them within our homes, it is also imperative that we also consider whatever outside influences that may influence the home environment.

Unnoticed Halloween Dangers For Birds

We all know that leaving a fully flighted bird outside of his cage is unwise when doors or windows are open; however, the risk is heightened when a bird is startled by people who are yelling “Trick or treat” while dressed in scary or gaudy costumes and standing at a widely opened front door. If you add to that the fact that the bird’s person is usually distracted by handing out treats and chatting with the visiting little ghouls and ghosts, the possibility of a bird escaping the home during is greatly increased.

An extraordinarily friendly bird (small cockatoos are good at this) may even wander out to see what is going on and escape outside and be accidentally stepped on, shut in a door, grabbed by a neighbor’s dog, run over by a car or bike, or fall victim to numerous other awful manners of injury or death. To amplify the level of danger even further, trick or treating usually occurs during the night, while the weather is beginning to be considerably colder — factors that make finding a startled and disoriented bird alive and well less likely.

Parrots Halloween Safety BudgieSome birds are jeopardized by their peoples’ innocence. For example, a bird might be left sitting in front of an uncovered window in the front of the house where passersby can see him. Although a person might think nothing of having his or her bird visible to strangers, a bird is often seen as an instant source of income for thieves and can make your home more vulnerable to robbery. Even smaller birds with lots of personality may appeal to a neighborhood youngster who has always wanted a bird. Although you know your neighbors to be honest, they may innocently mention that you have birds in your home and, over time, the message may eventually get out to someone dishonest. The little love of your life is seen as just dollar signs or a novelty to dishonest people … it’s sad, but true.

Preventing Halloween Dangers For Birds

Luckily, keeping our birds safe on Halloween and during other times of revelry can be easy with a little advance planning.

If you are entertaining people in your home, even a very sociable bird can become nervous or extremely frightened by the sight of people in costume. Unless your bird is accustomed to groups of costumed people in his environment, it is best to move his cage to a familiar bedroom or family room, preferably one you can lock from the outside. This also eliminates the worry of possibly tipsy celebrants forcing interaction with your bird or feeding him foods that are harmful. Leave a television or radio playing in the room with your bird to help camouflage the sound of noisy celebrants. If your home is too small to do this, consider leaving your bird with a trusted friend or family member; preferably a responsible animal lover whom he has stayed with before.

If you are not entertaining visitors but are participating in handing out treats, make sure your bird is in an area where he cannot fly or walk to the opened door. Also, keep him away from windows where he can be seen by passersby and trick or treaters. A television or radio playing in the room with him can soften doorbell and people noise. These distractions also lessen the chances of his revealing his presence in your home by talking loudly or screaming for attention each time the doorbell rings or when he hears you talk to the people at the door.

After Halloween is over, remember that candy and candy wrappers are almost irresistible to most birds. Keep harmful items out of areas your bird can access. If you hosted a gathering in your home, closely inspect it for any candy or foods or other objects that may have been dropped or left where your bird can reach it.

Parrots Halloween Safety GuideOur feathered family members enrich and uplift our lives in ways that are inconceivable to non-bird people; we know that life without them would be hollow and sad. By actively anticipating and appropriately addressing events and situations that affect them, we honor their importance in our lives and can greatly increase the chances of our beloved feathered friends living many long and happy years to come.

Find out more about Chris Davis, CPBC

You can find more practical advice on Parrot Safety here.

Pet Parrot – Choose the right bird for you

Pet Parrot

Pet Parrot

Pet Parrot Quiz by Lafeber

Pet Parrot and Birds quiz to help you choose the right pet for you. Take this quiz by Lafeber.

Lafeber, a popular bird food and bird care resources brand, has made it easier than ever to decide what Pet Parrot or bird is right for you.  Start by taking the quiz here!

Lafeber has broken the quiz down into 5 simple choices. Searching by one, two, or all of the choices, you will be given results as to what bird is most suitable for your wants/needs.

The choices are:

  1. Size – Simple enough. Just choose what size you’d prefer your Parrot or bird to be. (Small, medium, or large)
  2. Lifespan – How long would you like your bird to live? Are you wanting a trusty companion for years to come? Choose between lifespans of 10, 20, 30, or 30+ years.
  3. Colour – Birds and Parrots have an assortment of different colours. With the colour option, you can choose between 10 different colours!  Perhaps you’re looking for a colourful bird? The quiz may steer you in the direction of something like a Lory, Sun Conure or a Macaw!
  4. Sounds – Birds can be quite noisy pets, so how much noise are you wanting from your feathered friend? The choices are chatterer, vocal communicator, whistler or a relatively quiet.
  5. Interaction – Choose what kind of interaction you’d like with your pet bird. Do you want your bird to be very social or hands off?  You may even choose something in between with the “Somewhat Social” option. Once you have completed the quiz, you will have a narrowed down list at the bottom of the quiz, showing your recommendations based on your selected choices. If at any time you’d like to retake the quiz, play around with possibilities, etc, you may click the orange button on the quiz banner that reads, “Find My Bird” and your quiz will restart.

After finding your recommended pet bird, you can click on the bird and find out all the info about each species, like care and personality, the food they eat, and more. If and when you do purchase your pet bird, don’t forget to check out our selection of Lafeber products that are perfect for your new addition to your family.

If you need more tips, info, or advice on choosing a companion for you, check out one of our most recent blog posts with more suggestions for finding the right parrot species.

Black Cockatoo – 2017 Great Cocky Count

Black Cockatoo Count 2017

Black Cockatoo Community Survey Count – 2017

Black Cockatoo Count 2017

Background

  • Black Cockatoo Survey – The Great Cocky Count (GCC) is an annual citizen science survey for three threatened black-cockatoos in the southwest of Western Australia (WA). Volunteers are allocated to a known or potential roost site and use a standard protocol to record the numbers of black-cockatoos arriving at the site to roost for the night.
  • The 2017 GCC occurred on Sunday 9 April 2017. This year’s GCC was the eighth consecutive count and ninth overall.
  • The 2017 GCC surveyed roost sites for Carnaby’s, Baudin’s and Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (FRTBC). All are endemic to south western WA and listed as threatened species under State and Commonwealth legislation.
  • This report builds on the substantial contribution made by previous Great Cocky Counts to our knowledge of black-cockatoos in the greater Perth Region and regional Western Australia.

Key Outcomes

  • The Great Cocky Count is one of the largest citizen science surveys of its kind in Australia. Community interest is significant – this year almost 900 registered volunteers surveyed 469 sites across the southwest of WA. Total volunteer participation likely exceeded 1,500 community members.
  • The minimum population count for Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo in the Greater Perth-Peel Region was 10,248 (similar to 2016 and around twice the average for 2010-15). The Greater Perth-Peel Region consists of the Perth-Peel Coastal Plain, which encompasses all of the Perth-Peel metropolitan area along the Swan Coastal Plain, and the Northern Darling Scarp and Plateau, which includes the northern Jarrah-Marri Forest (Table 3).
  • Most (73%) of the Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos recorded in the Perth-Peel Coastal Plain were associated with the Gnangara-Pinjar pine plantation, north of Perth. The large number of Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos (7,450) recorded in roosts associated with the pine plantation is higher than previous surveys. In previous years, the pine plantation has supported 27- 62% of the Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos recorded in the Perth-Peel Coastal Plain during the non-breeding season, emphasising the importance of pines as both a roosting area and food resource during this period.
  • A single roost site located east of Yanchep had a count of 3,528 Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos. This accounted for 34% of all of the Carnaby’s recorded on the Perth-Peel Coastal Plain, and is the second highest single count ever recorded in a Great Cocky Count survey. The same site had a count of 4,897 in 2016 and has come to be known as the ‘mega roost’.

To read the full report of the Black Cockatoo Count visit Direct.Birdline.org

To read other articles related to cockatoo parrots visit our blog.

Which Parrot Species Should You Choose?

Which Parrot Species Should You Choose

Which Parrot Species Should You Choose?

Which Parrot Species Should You ChooseIf you are thinking about buying your first Parrot, don’t think too big! First-time Parrot buyers often start too ambitiously and end up realizing they literally cannot handle such a large bird after all.

The story gets even more complicated if the new owner still feels a bit ambivalent about owning a Parrot. Unfortunately, it is common in these situations for people to be frightened of potential injury, so they don’t allow their Parrot out of the cage. This is a sure way of condemning your parrot to a poor life quality.

Small Parrots, on the other hand, don’t seem to concern their owners that much. From the pet bird keeper’s point, they have various advantages in comparison to larger ones. They are relatively inexpensive to feed, and large, expensive accommodation is not a necessity.

The wisest newcomers to Parrot-keeping usually chose one of the species from this group. In most cases, Small Parrots are readily available at a reasonable or even low price; which indicates that they are easy to breed. You can often find them in a range of color mutations, and many of them are incredibly beautiful. Long story short, they might be the perfect option for your Parrot keeping 101?

Even though these Parrots are small, they appreciate human companionship just as much as larger species. In fact, most small Parrots are highly sociable, so it might be a good idea to purchase them the same species companion. If you decide to do this, make sure to buy the other Parrot at the same time or soon after the first one.

Having two Parrots at the same time will offer you an opportunity to observe their behavior from a different angle. Seeing them interact with each other can be enjoyable. In my opinion, a single Lovebird or Parrotlet left alone for hours is the saddest thing you can witness. However, if they have a close bond with their human caregiver solitude won’t be so tough.

So, if we can agree on the fact that buying a Macaw as your first Parrot is not the most sensible thing to do, and that starting small makes sense, which species should you consider? Before you decide on the species that will be the best fit for your household, read more information about them and then make a smart choice:

Budgerigar
Cockatiel
Lineolated Parakeet
Parrotlet
Peach-faced Lovebird

Or, if you plan on building an outdoor aviary, you can also go with Ringneck Parakeet or one of the several species of Rosella.

Single bird or a pair?

As we already mentioned single parrot is often a lonely parrot. Buying a single pet is a legitimate choice only if you can spend much time with it daily. Still, what if you purchase a pair? Are you ready to breed them? The market for particular species is already saturated which is one of the reasons why some owners don’t like the idea of having to part with the young.

As we know, many small Parrots are inexpensive and prolific. If their value is low, it becomes difficult to find them appropriate homes where their quality of life won’t be questionable. In the majority of species, two males are capable of living happily together. At the same time, in most species, more males are available on the market as fewer females are bred.

Two females might also be compatible, but there is an exception to this rule. If the species is female-dominant, like Lovebirds or a Poicephalus Parrot such as a Senegal or Meyer’s, for example, matching two females might become a problem.

If you are living in a small space and your pet would have a limited area to explore, going with Celestial or Pacific Parrotlets (Forpus coelestis) might be a good idea. They are smaller than Lovebird, curious and bold when hand-reared. Also, you can easily determine their sex by observing their plumage. They can bond strongly with their human companion; they are good at mimics and very entertaining while they play with their toys.

Acquiring new parrots

Buying a second bird should never be a subject of impulse-shopping. Thorough planning and adequate preparations need to be done. Every new bird that enters your house carries with it the risk of disease. For most Parrots, moving to a new home is a very stressful experience which can trigger symptoms of any underlying disease problem. Maintaining a period of isolation and observation is the part of necessary precaution – plus a recommended visit to an Avian vet.

You should understand that Parrots of all species and sizes are highly territorial and possessive regarding their cages. If you place the second bird in your pet’s cage, you are risking stress, serious injury or even death.

Please do remember that, your relationship with your Parrot also can be compromised or destroyed by the acquisition of a second bird due to jealousy. However, the benefits of providing a bird companion to your pet can be numerous.

When they reach maturity, some small Parrots stop being good pets and seemingly they need a mate. For others, their human is a fair enough substitute. There are no strict rules that always apply. If you want to be a good Parrot owner, you’ll need to learn how to observe and understand your pet’s behavior.

Keeping both male and a female of a prolific species such as the Lineolated or Bourke’s Parakeet and Peach-faced Lovebird, with all of the basic requirements for breeding means that at some point they will probably produce young.

Parting with the young might be hard for you from the emotional point of view – but if you aim to provide optimal living conditions for your pets, there is a limit to the number you can care for.

Sexing

Determining sex in some species is almost impossible by their outward appearance and behavior. However, all Parrots can be sexed using DNA technology. Taking a few feathers or a drop of blood and sending them to an avian diagnostic laboratory is all you have to do.

Remember, in smaller species, DNA sexing can cost almost as much as the bird itself.

Species suitable for home

Although some species are especially recommended for first-time owners, you should remember that the crucial factors are acquiring a young bird and always working on developing and maintaining a loving relationship with it, which doesn’t happen overnight and requires a lot of patience.

Species guides can be handy if you are looking for a single, small or medium sized companion Parrot. Green-cheeked (and other Pyrrhura conures – Maroon-bellied, for example), and Nanday and Mitred Conures, Senegal Parrot and Hahn’s Macaw are all ideal for first timers. If you are wishing for a bird with plenty of character, consider the Quaker Parakeet.

Small Conures probably won’t learn to mimic; while if you purchase a Quaker you can expect to have an excellent loud “talker.” When the Quaker is hand-reared and receives a lot of attention, his noise level usually doesn’t become intolerable.

However, every Parrot, except little Parrotlets and Lineolateds, will be loud from time to time. So, consult with all of your family members (and perhaps neighbours?) before purchasing one.

Hand-reared Lovebirds can also make decent pets, but their potential is hard to assess when they are still young. If you want to keep them tame, you need to handle them every day.

Cockatiels have a potential to be cute pets, and their males have a talent for mimics.

If you are planning on spending a significant amount of money on a parrot that is around 25 cm large, short-tailed true Parrots, Pionus Parrots and Black-headed Caiques are the ones you should consider.

Caiques will keep you laughing; they are strong willed clownish extroverts. Pionus (such as Maximilian’s), are more relaxed and easygoing. Both breeds are significantly less demanding than larger Parrots.

If you have long working hours and a number of other commitments during the day, which keeps you out of the house for hours, don’t even consider Grey or an Amazon Parrot, Cockatoo or a Macaw. They need as much attention and devotion as you would offer to a child.

Poicephalus Parrots, with Senegal and the Meyer’s as representatives of the class, can sometimes make good pets especially when they are young. However, their temperament is unpredictable; some are enchanting, some are too needy and difficult to handle. They often attach themselves to one member of the households and avoid others.

Which species are unsuitable as pets?

Some species are simply not suited to cage life. Even though Rosellas (Golden-mantled Rosella, for example) might attract you with their colors, if you don’t have an aviary don’t purchase them because they shouldn’t be kept in a cage.

Kakarikis (New Zealand Parakeets) are energetic, amusing aviary birds but equally unsuited for a cage. Although they are popular in today’s market, don’t buy them if you cannot provide the right conditions.

How to buy the right cage?

Whichever Parrot you choose, be ready to give more money for the cage than the bird itself. Buying a smaller cage to save some cash is a bad idea.

Small Parrots that are highly active (like Caiques) will need a larger cage in proportion to their size than the large ones. There has to be enough space for their swings and ropes too.

The width of the cage is a measurement that matters. It should be at least four times the width of bird’s opened wings or even larger if we are talking about Lovebirds and Parrotlets. The depth needs to be at least twice the bird’s length with fully opened wings.

Exercise is gained by flying from perch to perch, which is the reason why the cage’s height is less important. Cylindrical cages look beautiful but they are not healthy for your pet, so you must avoid them.

The feature you should look for when it comes to buying a cage is castors. This allows you to move around your home it more quickly.

Small cages are unacceptable and the fact that you will allow your parrot out at least once a day it is not good enough excuse to purchase them. Cramped spaces might make your Parrot aggressive out of fear or territoriality.

Many Conures and Caiques feel safe in dark, cozy corners, and they choose to retreat into a small wooden nestbox or a little cloth bag. That is why they will often try to make a bed under the newspaper on the cage floor. Some small species, like Lovebirds, Lineolated Parakeets, and Parrotlets, feel more secure in box-shaped cages, which are only open at the front.

Choosing perches and wood for gnawing

Natural wood parrot perches are highly recommended for all of the species. If you purchase a cage with plastic perches, make sure to replace at least one of them a with a dowel or apple and pear tree branch.

Willow is soft, and if you use it for perching, it needs to be replaced regularly. However, it is excellent for Lovebirds to make their nest with it.

Many Parrots prefer surprisingly thin perches. Once the pole becomes shiny and uncomfortable, you have to replace it because constant clutching to a perch of the same circumference can be damaging for your Parrot’s feet. Also, don’t forget to wash them frequently.

If you have a garden, in any case, plant an apple or pear tree and a quick-growing eucalypt, such as Eucalyptus gunni. This will offer your bird ideal materials for gnawing.

What are the most challenging species?

Grey Parrots seem to be one of the difficult to keep in a pet situation. They are extremely sensitive. Stress often causes feather plucking among them. Their high intelligence also makes them capable of dominating their human companions if they are not properly  socialised and trained. Using positive reinforcement is an excellent for training pet parrots, with excellent and long lasting results.

Smaller Parrots usually don’t engage in feather plucking, except for Lovebirds and Poicephalus species such as the Senegal. However, almost any Parrot can start plucking itself in a permanently stressful situation.

Thoughts on wing-clipping

Under normal circumstances, this practice shouldn’t be performed. Even though some Parrots like Caiques, which are not strong flyers are not significantly affected by this change, depriving a bird of its ability to fly is still cruel.

If you want your Parrot to remain healthy over its full lifespan (which is 20-30 years in most cases of smaller species), they need to fly. The sole act of flying keeps their muscles and heart in good condition. Wing-clipped birds often become overweight.

However, every bird must be carefully supervised when letting out of its cage. There are too many hazards in its surroundings. A play stand should be the center of the bird’s attention, to keep it out from other areas where it might get in trouble. Climbing on the curtains, perching on the top of a door or nibbling the spines of books can all be dangerous.

Remember – putting a chain screen on the doors that are most frequently used in your house might save your Parrot’s life.

If you want to learn more about Parrots in Rosemary Low’s species guides, visit her website: www.rosemarylow.co.uk

How to choose the right parrot cage

How to choose the right parrot cage?

How to choose the right parrot cageOne of the basics of dedicated and caring bird ownership is providing your parrot with an adequate living space.

With all the different sizes, colours, and models of bird cages available today, it is very easy to become overwhelmed when shopping for a home for pet parrots and birds. Although it seems there are endless choices when it comes to the types of bird cages available, there are a few simple guidelines you can remember that will make the process of choosing one much easier.

 

 

 

 

Choosing the right location for your parrot cageLocation and Placement
The first of these guidelines is to decide where your bird’s cage will be located, and then shop based on what will work within the area you have set aside. The area should be away from direct sunlight and drafts, yet be placed in an active part of your home to encourage your pet’s social development. Parrots live in flocks and love to be part of the daily family routine.

 

 

 

 

Choosing the Right Size
Next, of course, is to keep the size of your bird in mind. While it is perfectly fine to keep a Finch or Canary in a small space, larger birds do require larger cages, and it is always better to buy as large a cage as you possibly can for your bird. Keeping a bird in a cage that is too small can lead to undesirable behaviors such as screaming, biting, psychological disorders, and feather plucking, to name a few. A good cage should be large enough for your bird to walk around comfortably, and fully extend and flap his or her wings. Don’t forget to take into account the space that will be lost when you add your bird’s perches, food bowls, and toys! Feel free to consult us for recommended cage sizes for your particular species of parrot or visit our parrot species  page.

 

Bar Spacing for Parrot & Bird cagesBar Spacing
When selecting a cage, pay particular attention to the spacing of the bars. Smaller birds, such as parakeets and lovebirds, require cages with bars no more than a half inch apart, to prevent them from squeezing through or becoming stuck between the bars. Many bird owners have been surprised to find that their pets are little escape artists! Those who own larger birds should look for bars that are placed horizontally rather than vertically in order to provide your bird a means of climbing and some exercise.

 

Open Top Parrot CageShape and Style
The style of the cage is also an important factor. According to some vets, round cages have been found to be detrimental to the birds’ psychological health. Therefore angled cages are far preferable. The larger parrot cages always come with some type of a stand and in most cases do have wheels for easy manoeuvrability. You can choose from open top, solid top and play top parrot cages for the larger parrots and many different style of cages for the smaller parrot species.

 

Quality and Craftsmanship
Assess the overall quality of a bird cage before you buy it. Does the cage appear sturdy and solid? Are there any loose parts or sharp edges? The best cages are made of stainless steel, which is non-toxic, easy to clean, and will not chip. The primary function of a bird’s cage is to protect your pet – make sure that your bird’s home does not pose any hazards to his or her health and well-being.
A properly designed bird cage will give your bird – and you – many years of use and enjoyment. You should remember that your bird will spend a great deal of time in his or her cage, and much like us, will appreciate some decorations to look at! Fill your bird’s cage with colourful toys, perches, and accessories to ensure that he or she is well entertained. With a little planning and careful decision making as well as free advice from the team at Parrot Essentials, you should be able to choose a cage that will meet all your expectations while providing your bird with a safe, sturdy, and secure living space.
All cages sold at Parrot Essentials are made of non-toxic materials. We do sell a wide variety of parrot toys as well – all made of non toxic material.