It is law in the UK (and not in Brazil, unfortunately) that any parrot or parrot type kept, as a pet must not
be placed within a cage that is to be used as it's permanent home that has any dimension less than the
wingspan of the bird.
It is one of bird keepings' let downs. If we are to have parrots as pets then they have to be caged for
long periods of time, although we all like to think that we give the bird plenty of freedom, just five
minutes in a cage is unnatural and if you actually calculate just how long the parrot stays in the cage,
say over a week, you will be amazed and will feel genuine guilt.
With this in mind we have to move to the next best possible situation, the largest cage we can afford
and good periods of supervised care outside the cage. If you are proposing to have one of the larger
species, Macaw or Cockatoo then you will find it difficult to actually fit into the law specifications to
availability so you must shop around until you can find the biggest possible.
We have compiled a list of ideal sizes for your pet below, if you have a parrot that is not on the list
and you are unsure please contact us and we will inform you of your requirements.
Never put a cage:
-In a draughty place - thus definitely not by a window - because the bird can catch a cold.
-Next to a stove or heating - because the changes in temperature will cause the bird to moult
-In full sunlight. Although birds can come from a hot climate, they spend a
lot of time in the shade and will suffer
if they cannot get out of the sunlight.
It is ideal if the cage has a covered part so that the parrot himself can
choose whether he wants to sit in the sunlight or shade.
-If you put a cage in the sun, a bird may develop serious respiratory problems. The bird will start to pant
in order to try to cool his blood. Never spray a cockatiel if he is sitting in the sun because this causes the air
to become humid and the bird will feel even more stressed.
Where you can put the cage:
Birds can feel very vulnerable in a cage. By putting the cage against a wall or preferably in a corner
where two sides are then shielded, your parrot will feel much safer.
It is best if the cage is arranged more or less so that the bird is at eye level when you are standing.
If the cage is too high the cockatiel will try to become dominant and if it is too low then he will feel
vulnerable and may become aggressive or start plucking his feathers.
In general experience equal periods of daylight and darkness. Birds that live in a house living
room are exposed to longer periods of light and this may lead to behavioural problems.
In such a case it is advisable to cover the cage in order to mimic the natural light patterns of the tropics.
This also prevents shrieking in the morning.
We have compiled a list of ideal sizes for your pet below, but this is the MINIMUN size, remember, the bigger the better!
Bird Species – Ideal Size of cages
Budgerigar - 24" x 24"
Lovebird, Ringneck, Lorikeet - 24" x 24"
Cockatiel, Lory Parakeet - 24" x 24"
Small Conure, Nanday, Peach fronted - 24" x 36"
Senegal, Large Conure, Blue-crowned, Patagonian - 30" x 36"
African Grey & Timneh - 30" x 36"
Amazons - 30" x 36"
Eclectus - 30" x 48"
Small Cockatoos, Goffins, Bare-eyed, Lesser Sulphur - 30" x 48"
Medium Cockatoos, Umbrella. Triton, Medium Sulphur - 30" x 48"
Large Cockatoos, Mollucan, Greater Sulphur-crested - 36" x 48"
Mini-Macaw, Severe, Red Bellied, Yellow-collared - 30" x 48"
Large Macaw, Blue & Gold, Military, Green-winged - 36" x 48"
Extra Large Parrots, Hyacinth, Black Palm - 36’’ x 48"