A bird spends all day standing in the same position and sleeps this way too.
To ensure your feathery friend is comfortable and happy in its cage it’s important to consider their perching options.
Types of bird perch
- Standard perch - made from plain and simple hardwood dowel
- Modern perch - flexes to give your bird a wider range of movement choices
- Options - when accessorising your bird’s environment it is a good idea to consider providing a selection of perches, positioned at different heights
How to choose the right perch
- Practicality – your feathery friend spends his whole life standing or flying. When perched inside a cage it’s important to ensure that your bird has the comfort it needs
- Flexibility – a variety of platforms to sit on are ideal for any species of bird. Rigid and flexible perches allow for a choice in sitting positions, and space for physical movement
- Hard – durable plastic and hardwood perches are easy to clean
- Soft – the preferred choice for larger birds like lovebirds, parrots and parakeets
Different types of bird perch
- Traditional – a traditional style bird perch is made from hardwood dowel. These are easy to clean and to replace
- Rope – offers flexibility of movement for your bird. Twisted rope perches are available in a variety of thicknesses
- Natural wood – most birds love natural branches because they can sit on the perch and enjoy stripping the bark with their beak.
- Plastic – hardwearing plastic perches usually twist fix to the cage mesh. This gives your bird a solid grip place to sit
- Swing – perches that swing typically have a metal frame with a contoured plastic dowel
- Freestanding - mostly made from wrought iron and metal, and feature a wooden perch with ladder and feeding bowls attached.
Larger birds that require more space may need a freestanding bird stand.