What Toys Should I Buy for My Parrot?
For a parrot, a toy is more than just a fun plaything — it’s essential for both their physical and mental wellbeing. Toys help stimulate a bird’s curiosity, allow them to engage in foraging behaviors, and even keep their beaks trimmed!
But parrot species are as varied as they are colorful, and there is no one-size-fits-all bird toy. Here, we discuss general recommendations to keep in mind to help choose the right toy for your feathered friend.
The toy that you would buy for a cockatiel would be much different than one that you would choose for a greenwing macaw. Simply put, size is probably the first consideration you need to make when purchasing a toy. Something too large for your bird or too difficult to break will cause them to lose interest quickly. On the other hand, a toy that is too small will either break immediately or pose a choking hazard to your bird.
Finding the Right Materials
Bird toys can be made from a wide variety of materials. Many toys are made from a combination of multiple different materials. Here are some of the most common ones that you will find:
Wood: The type of wood you select will vary depending on your bird. Smaller birds will generally prefer softer woods, while larger birds may enjoy trying to tear into a piece of something sturdier.
Acrylic: This nearly indestructible material is often brightly colored and used as part of a toy. It works exceptionally well for puzzle toys that are meant to be reused.
Metal: Some birds love the clang of metal, especially in a bell. This is another material that should last a long time.
Natural Materials: This can include a wide variety of materials which are enticing for birds to shred and chew, such as coconut, palm leaves, wicker, and other natural fibers.
Ladders, Boings, and Swings, Oh My!
Many parrots enjoy climbing and swinging through their habitat. Providing different places for your bird to hang out, swing, and bounce helps to enrich their environment, and ladders and swings are a great way to accomplish this. You might be surprised at how acrobatic your bird can be!
Variety Is the Spice of Life
To meet all of your bird’s mental and physical needs, you’ll need to include a variety of toys in their cage and play area. Have things that they can chew and destroy, along with sturdier items and puzzles to keep them engaged. As toys get torn up beyond recognition, it’s important to replace them. Rotating your toys out is also a great way to make sure your bird doesn’t get bored.
Need Help Selecting the Right Toy?
If you are new to living with a parrot or just looking for something new to catch their interest, our staff would be happy to help you select something that’s just right for your bird. Contact us today or browse our online selection of bird toys!