By Diane Burroughs
Bird Toys are an important component for keeping your parrot mentally and physically healthy and every pet bird needs bird toys. There are a multitude of bird toys on the market made in all sizes and with a huge range of parts.
Most parrots play aggressively with their bird toys. We recommend that you choose bird toys made by reputable manufacturers and then routinely inspect them for wear and tear and to make sure that there are no unsafe parts on them. Choose bird toys by bird size to make sure the components are properly sized for your bird. For instance, an African Grey Parrot would use a medium size bird toy.
Wild parrots play with natural items from their environment. This play serves emotional needs for parrots. Some items that require the parrot to figure things out illuminate the mind and provide mental stimulation. A parrot that has solved a puzzle or figured out how something works feels accomplished and proud. Flocks of wild parrots watch and learn from each other. This gives them a certain sense of security. Parrots have strong instinctual needs for chewing and foraging. Toys allow them to get creative to obtain a desired treat or toy part to chew. Foraging and chewing require mental and physical energy thereby reducing anxiety. Parrots that love rough or interactive play get a lot of exercise. Have you ever looked up and seen wild birds flying and chasing each other in play? Or teasing each other with an object. Parrots like to do this!
Captive or caged birds don’t have natures toy box at their beckon call. Nor, do they have a whole flock of friends to socialize with so their instinctual needs for socialization, foraging, chewing and flying are stiffled. Stuck in a cage without much else to do to occupy their day, pet birds often turn to self destructive or aggressive behaviors to let you know that they have needs! We see an awful lot of parrots needing new homes for biting, screaming, tearing up furnishings, and even feather plucking. These birds may be emotionally damaged. Offering your bird a variety of toys to meet its emotional needs, instinctual needs and physical needs will help alleviate problems that have not become a habit.
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