Cage Size Guide

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When choosing a cage, size is a critical factor. The internal living area of the cage needs to be big enough to allow adequate movement and flapping of wings. Bar spacing is a critical consideration, your parrot should not be able to put its head through and get wedged in the space between the bars. Additionally, for the larger bird species the diameter and strength of each bar should be large enough to ensure that the bars can not be bent or broken by your bird.

Bird Species Recommended Bar Spacing/Bar Diameter Minimum Internal Width
     
Finch, Canary 1/4" - 1/2" 18"
Parakeet, Parrotlet, Lovebird 1/2" 20"
Alexandrine, Cockatiel, Conure, Caique, Quaker, Pionus, Senegal 5/8" - 3/4" (3mm) 24"
African Grey, Amazon, Eclectus, Small Cockatoo, Mini Macaw 3/4" - 1" (4mm) 32"
Large Cockatoo, Large Macaw 1" - 1 1/4" (5mm) 36"

Perch Material Comparison

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 perch materials

Perch Type Advantages Considerations
     
Natural Wood

Built in grip variety, birds love to strip bark, provides chewing outlet.

Make sure wood is pesticide/insecticide free and is a safe, non-toxic wood for birds.
Rope Soft, comfortable and irregular gripping surface. Maintenance or replacement required if excessive fraying occurs.
Conditioning Reduces frequency of beak and nail grooming. Can irritate feet if alternate perch surfaces unavailable.
PVC/Acrylic Durable and easy to clean. Often too uniform in size, slippery if not textured.
Leather Soft, comfortable grip. Provides chewing outlet. Difficult to clean.
Milled Wood Dowel Inexpensive Size uniformity and smoothness doesn't exercise feet. Not recommended if additional perch alternatives not provided
Rubber/Latex Soft, good traction, colorful. Destructible by large beaks.

 

 

Perch Size - One Size Doesn't Fit All

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bird perchesWhen choosing a perch, size is a critical factor. Incorrectly sized perches can be a source of pain and discomfort in a bird's legs and feet.

Good foot health is promoted by having multiple perches of varying diameters available with your bird's cage. The generally accepted rule of thumb is that your bird's feet should wrap between 2/3 and 3/4 around the perch.

 

Diameter Range

Appropriate for:
   
3/8" - 7/8" Finch, Canary
1/2" - 1" Parrotlet, Lovebird, Parakeet, Cockatiel
3/4" - 1 1/4" Conure, Caique, Meyers, Quaker, Pionus, Senegal, Timneh Grey
1" - 2" Eclectus, Congo African Grey, Small Cockatoo, Small Macaw, Amazon
2" -  3 1/2"  Large Cockatoo, Large Macaw

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