Taking good care of your pet not only shows you care, but helps maintain cleanliness of the cage and help the bird(s) have a healthy lifestyle and a friendly environment. Taking care of your bird does mean keeping it entertained - but this doesn't necessarily mean devoting all your time to it. Of course, you'll want the best for it, but don't waste the whole day trying to entertain your bird.

There are other ways. Buying another bird for it would be best.

Pet Bird General Care

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Taking Care Of Your Pet Bird Is Important. Pet birds are different than cats and dogs, but they are not any more difficult to keep healthy. The right pet bird diet, a clean cage, fresh bird food and water, safe bird toys, exercise, and lots of attention are the basics. Pet bird cages should have plenty of space for activity and a grate to separate your pet bird from the substrate, as KAYTEE cites.

Food and water bowls

The use of wide bowls rather than deep cups displays the food attractively and may encourage the bird to eat new items. Healthy birds can easily approach the food and water bowls; therefore, it is not necessary in most cases to place bowls directly beside the perch. Birds often overeat or chew on food dishes out of boredom. Placing the food at the opposite end of the cage from the water will ensure that the bird gets some exercise between eating and drinking. It is recommended to have two sets of dishes so one set can be cleaned while the other is being used. Foraging is a great addition or alternative to food bowls for healthy birds. Your avian veterinarian can give you more details about this.

Pet Bird interaction and socialization

Understanding bird behavior in the wild is very important to understanding their behavior as companions. For instance, parrots are social animals in the wild. They roost, fly, and forage in flocks. Your family is the flock for a pet bird, and it wants to be part of family activities. If your family is in one room and the bird is in its cage in another, the bird may scream to get the flock's attention. Similarly, many species of parrots mate for life. So, when a parrot bonds with one person and is showing offensive behavior toward others, it is simply protecting its “mate.”

Pet Bird Cages and Environment

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In general, the larger the bird cage the better. Pet birds need room to exercise their wings and climb. A variety of bird toys that provide enrichment activities give these intelligent animals plenty of things to do. Finches and canaries enjoy flying throughout a cage, so a flight cage is always preferred, especially with multiple birds. A parrot requires toys for chewing, while a finch or canary enjoys a bell or swing.

Pet Bird Intelligence

Some pet birds (macaws, African Greys, amazons, and others) can mimic speech and sounds they hear. Some species are better at mimicking than others but remember that each individual bird is different. Some soft-billed birds, such as the mynah, are good at mimicry, too.


Many birds benefit from the availability of a retreat inside the cage for a sense of privacy (e.g., paper bag, towel, nest box). However, for some birds these recesses can be perceived as nesting cavities. If this seems to be occurring, visual security can be provided by surrounding the cage area with furniture, real or artificial plants, or other visual barriers, as reported by AAV.


Most pet birds are intelligent, active animals whose psychological needs must be identified and addressed. Locate the cage near family activity in the home.

For some species, opportunities may be provided for exercise in the form of supervised freedom from the cage or flying in the home. If the bird is permitted to fly, be aware of ceiling fans, large windows, hot pans on the stove, sticky fly strips, and open doors.

Birds may seem very different from more traditional pets such as dogs and cats, yet the same basic rules apply for their care. The essential ingredients are love, attention, good nutrition, and knowledgeable healthcare. It is true, though, that the specifics of bird owning are very different than that for other pets, and educating yourself can only help you better care for your pet bird.
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