The Best Bird Play Stands and Perch Choices

Perch Here, Not There!

Think of bird play stands as a “staycation” destination. cockatoo using tool on perchYour bird’s cage is its home within your home. Unlike dogs and cats who follow you around without problems, birds are left to fly after you, birds landing on curtains, furniture, etc. can be a problem. The solution is to provide a place where your bird can safely perch nearby.

Medium to large parrots do well on a rolling java tree natural bird stand. These natural bird perches in different sizes have multiple levels to encourage climbing for bird exercise and hooks to hang bird toys for play and foraging. Bird Paradise java trees come with food and water dishes so you don’t have to worry about your bird going without food and/or water.

bird stand Java Tree for parrots imageFor the smaller birds, table top java trees are available. These also have hooks to hang toys and can be easily moved from room to room.

Natural bird playstands are the perfect way to have birds out with their owners in a safe and entertaining environment. These “staycations” are the answer to well-behaved and well-socialized birds.

Keep your parrot safe for the holidays!

PARROTS AND THE HOLIDAYS – BE MERRY, BUT SAFE

The holiday season is a time of decorating, parties, and festivities. Here is a list of holiday dangers for birds.

  1. Candles, potpourri, incense, room and carpet fresheners are all hazardous to birds.

  2. Christmas trees are often chemically treated, including the spraying of artificial snow. Do not allow parrots to climb on or eat the trees.

  3. Holly, Poinsettias, Philodendron, and Mistletoe are all toxic.

  4. Christmas decorations, including wrappings are all made of materials hazardous to birds.

  5. Remember that non-stick cookware containing PFOA and PTFE, including fondue fondue pots, waffle irons, etc. will poison a bird’s respiratory system, resulting in death.

  6. Educate visitors on the respect for birds and the proper way to handle them.

  7. Avoid stress – birds require 10-12 hours of sound sleep. Keep your bird(s) on their usual schedule for eating, etc. and move them to a quiet place if visitors seem to to be making your bird(s) uncomfortable and stressed.

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FASCINATING FACTS YOU PROBABLY NEVER KNEW!

Birds have excellent vision; better than mammals. However, the range of motion is very limited. This is compensated for by a great ability to move the head and neck.

The iris regulates the amount of light entering the eye. It also gives the characteristic color. In many parrots, the iris is dark in young birds and lighter and more pigmented as they get older. In cockatoos, the iris color usually indicates gender. In males it is black or very dark brown and in females, it is reddish or burnt orange. This iris gender determination is unique to cockatoos.

Birds have ears; however, they are not as apparently visible as in mammals. A bird’s ears are located behind and below the eye. Feathers lie over the ears and there are no ear flaps as in humans. The small opening in birds is actually the beginning of the external ear canal.

Birds can discriminate sounds; however, they are less sensitive to higher and lower vocal tones as compared to humans. On the other hand, their ability to differentiate various sounds is 10 times faster than humans. For instance, before a human could identify all the notes of a canary’s song, it would have to be slowed down 10 times!

Birds have a poorly developed sense of smell. Odors quickly fade above the ground where birds fly so, a strong sense of smell was not a necessary adaptation.

Birds also have a rather poor sense of taste because they have fewer taste buds in the mouth – taste buds are found on the roof of the mouth, not on the tongue.

A bird’s skin is very thin and appears somewhat transparent. The red hue you see on feathers areas is the underlying muscle being seen through the skin. During nesting time, a bird loses its lower chest feathers. This areas thickens and develops an enriched supply of blood to provide extra warmth to the eggs.

Feathers are like hair on mammals. A budgie has approximately 3,000 feathers! The primary purpose of feathers is to insulate and help maintain proper body temperature. They are also used in courtship displays, signs of aggression, as nest material, and flight.

Feathers are arranged in rows called pterlae, as opposed to mammal hair that grows randomly. The bare areas between the rows are called apteria.

When old feathers fall out, new feathers come in to replace them. The first sign of a new feather is a thickened, pointed projection of skin. Soon, the emerging feather, wrapped in its own protective sheath appears and is called a blood feather. If one of these feathers is damaged, bleeding will occur and must be stopped. Do NOT use styptic powder, as this will damage skin. Use flour or cornstarch to stop bleeding from a blood feather. Once the new feather has fully grown in, the sheath falls off or is removed by the bird and the new fully developed feather is a dead structure.

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