This was the funniest thing! I hope it becomes one of his regular games :)
Recently, I have had the opportunity to discuss color mutations, breeding and aviculture with some in the online parrotlet community.
It continues to be a wonderful and enlightening journey.
I am proud to be part of this community because people really want to learn. They want to help. They want to share.
They love birds. They really care. They want to do good.
They want to take the time to make the effort.
It has been said that "when love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece."
Let's keep educating one another, challenging one another and sharing our mutual love of birds. We can work together to make a better future for the birds that we love.
All the birds in our lives.
From the birds our homes.
To the birds in our yards.
|Rock Dove (Pigeon), North Texas|
|Savannah Sparrow, North Texas|
|Blue Grosbeak, Rio Grande Valley, Texas|
The birds in the woods, marshes, jungles, oceans and deserts.
|Common Murres, St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada|
|Common Gallinule, Florida|
|Black-necked Stint, Llano Estero State Park, Texas|
|Northern Gannet, Cape St Mary's Ecological Reserve, Newfoundland, Canada|
|Peregrine Falcon, Seattle Zoo, Seattle, Washington|
|Roseate Spoonbills, High Island, Texas|
|Atlantic Puffin, St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada|
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Labels: Wild Birds
This week let's look at foraging toys and see how they help our birds fill their needs to work for food and at the same time offer exercise and mental stimulation.
Benefits of Foraging at Home
Wild parrots seek out fruits, seeds, flowers and insects. The exercise of finding food and extracting it from it's original location is known as foraging. Foraging is both a skill and an art that can be learned.
Foraging for food provides both mental and physical challenges to wild birds.
On the other hand, captive birds face a different challenge altogether. Many of our pet parrots are perch potatoes and may tend to be overweight and under stimulated. We often provide them with an unlimited amount of food requiring little work to get it.
Helping your bird learn to forage can challenge your bird mentally and physically, and at the same time make the process of eating more time consuming. This provides increased activity and entertainment for your bird and can help to combat obesity.
Will Work for Food
Parrots were born (hatched) to forage and they love to do it! So why not provide them with the opportunity to do so?
Check out this video of an easy foraging option for small birds. Cheap and easy to make.
Here is another wonderful video showing how to make two beginner foraging toys.
There are also many places online that you can shop for foraging toys.
|Bird toys are essential to making your bird feel comfortable and secure. Used creatively, certain bird toys can provide cover and privacy just as trees would in the wild.|
How Do Parrots Use Trees?Trees and other vegetation are an integral part of parrot habitat the world around.
Plant life serves birds in numerous different ways by:
- Creating shelter and cover
- Providing foraging opportunities
- Providing play activity
- Facilitating exercise
The Importance of Shelter and Hiding PlacesI love birds both wild and tame!
I also enjoy photographing wild birds and one thing that I have learned is birds like to make themselves disappear. They want to see you but they don't want you to see them.
Bringing a parrot indoors doesn't make the instinct to seek shelter and privacy go away.
Birds know that there is something bigger out there that would like to make a meal of them. This sends them running for cover amidst the plants and tree leaves. Hidden in the vegetation is where they are most comfortable and relaxed.
How can we give our pets this experience that they find so appealing and comforting?
Give Your Bird the "Trees" He Needs
A recent post on the Windy City Parrot blog asked an interesting question about bird toys which I thought was both novel and valid. The question was "How full is your bird cage canopy?"
This is a wonderful way to describe the idea of creating privacy and hiding space using bird toys.
You are probably already aware of the benefits of placing your parrot's cage against a wall or in a corner. Why not take it a step further?
You have a couple options, you can either line the remaining walls with toys to provide privacy and leave the center of the cage open for your bird to use.
Or you can create an area within the cage where several large full toys hang over the perch and your bird can then sit under or between them.
In a future post, I will discuss three more ways that bird toys stand in for trees in the home environment.
I'd love to hear what you have to say. How do you fill your bird cage canopy?
Labels: Bird Toys