A requirement for bird happiness is serious playtime. Because of the intelligence of birds, they need fun to keep them out of trouble, and it’s a great anti-stress activity. Play even helps create interspecies bonds.
Even in nature, birds play, especially juvenile birds. The more intelligent the bird, the more likely she is to engage in play. Play of all kinds is necessary to keep birds from destructive activities and other unwanted behaviors. Make sure your bird has plenty of playthings in her cage and in her outside-cage play area, including those that let you interact with her.
Play that your pet bird might engage in match what she would do in the wild.
Some examples include:
- Swinging, hanging upside down, or bouncing on objects. Try a flexible perch or swing, to mimic the movement some birds associate with play.
- Manipulating an object with her beak or feet. A foot toy is an excellent choice to keep feet and minds occupied.
- Mimicking noises. Your bird may talk, sing, or whistle. She may even have a special “flock call” she voices whenever you are out of her visual range. For a bird that is a natural talker, a Mimic Me recorder helps you reinforce phrases you want your bird to learn.
- Searching out food rewards, also called foraging. Depending on the size of your bird and whether your bird is a natural forager, or just needs to learn what to do, one of our foraging items fits the bill.
Observe your bird to see which natural play behaviors she engages in and provide accessories, toys, or a playstand for her so she can experience the sheer joy of play.