Selecting the Right Cage

The general rule of thumb when selecting a cage for your Parrot is to always buy the biggest cage that you can afford!

Did you choose your parrot’s cage with care?
Did you know that when choosing a cage for your Parrot, a longer cage is much better than a cage that is tall and narrow? Most Parrot’s like to fly from one side of their cage to the other side. But don’t forget that for taller Parrots or Parrots with very long tails, such as macaws, the cage height must be adequate for them as well.
Never buy a round cage for a Parrot! This will lead to a very nervous Parrot indeed! Parrot’s need to have a sense of security and in a round cage there are no walls or corners for your Parrot to hide against when he feels anxious.
Another tip to remember when choosing a cage for your Parrot is to make sure that the cage is not painted, as most Parrot’s will eat away at the paint. If the paint is toxic, your Parrot can get sick or even die!

Do you know which cage is better for your parrot?
What is better for your Parrot: a Wrought-Iron Cage? A Stainless Steel Cage? An Acrylic Cage?
Don’t forget that your Parrot’s new cage will have to be cleaned regularly so the easier it is to clean the better for you and your bird. Wide doors that give you easy access, trays that fit the bottom and can be pulled out readily, are good things to look for when choosing a cage.
Bar spacing is another matter to be concerned with. If you select a cage which has too huge of a bar space, your little parrot might be just be able to squeeze himself through and escape, or worse yet get his head stuck between the bars! If the cage has a very small bar spacing your Parrot could get his toes wedged in between the bars! 

Does your parrot have right perches in the cage?
You will also have to choose the right perches, food and water dishes and toys for your Parrot’s new cage. While this can be a fun activity for the whole family, you should remember to buy perches that are of the correct diameter for your Parrot’s feet and make sure that the toys don’t have any parts that are easily breakable or your Parrot might ingest them. Toys are one of the best boredom-breakers for Parrots. Always buy a variety of toys and rotate them weekly in your Parrot’s cage.
A word of caution though, if there are too many toys in your Parrot’s cage, he will run the risk of breaking blood feathers in his wings if he flaps his wings too hard and a toy is in his way.

You will stop:

  • Worrying that your parrot will get hurt in a cage that is too small or too large;
  • Wasting money on the wrong style and type of cage;
  • Stressing that your parrot will open the cage door on its own and escape;
  • Buying the wrong type of toys that your Parrot easily becomes bored with;
  • Trying to figure out the best location for your Parrot’s cage.

Given below are the approximate cage size and bar spacing of different Parrot species. Since cage is so important in your bird’s life, special attention should be given to the actual cage size and bar spacing.

Bird Type Cage Dimensions & Spacing
Macaw 30″ W x 36″ H x 30″ D for smaller Macaws
5 ft W x 6 ft H x 3½ ft D for larger Macaws
Bar Spacing: 3/4″ to 1″
Cocktoo 24″ W x 36″ H x 48″ D for smaller Cockatoos
24″ W x 48″ H x 48″ D for larger Cockatoos
Bar Spacing: 3/4″ to 1″
African Grey 36″ W x 48″ H x 24″ D
Bar Spacing: 5/8″ to 3/4″
Amazons 24″ W x 24″ H x 24″ D for smaller species
42″ W x 48″ H x 30″ D for larger species
Bar Spacing: 1/2″ to 5/8″
Parakeet 24″ W x 24″ H x 36″ D
Bar Spacing: 1/2″ to 5/8″
Lovebird 24″ W x 24″ H x 24″ D
Bar Spacing: 1/2″ to 5/8″
Parrolet 24″ W x 24″ H x 24″ D
Bar Spacing: 1/2″
Cockatiel 20″ W x 20″ H x 24″ D
Bar Spacing: 1/2″ to 5/8″
Budgie 18″ W x 18″ H x 24″ D
Bar Spacing: 1/2″ or less

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