Why are There so Many Types of Pet Bird Toys?
By Wyld’s Wingdom
The variety of pet bird supplies and specifically bird toys on the market today might seem like overkill to new pet bird owners, but those experienced in avian behavior and care know that different types of bird toys are made for a reason. Just like children, birds have likes and dislikes when it comes to toys. Birds also enjoy variety to keep their interest piqued (again, just like your children do), and different toys stimulate important bird behaviors that are exhibited in the wild.
It’s important to narrow your selection to those toys that are the appropriate size for the bird. Toys should be non-toxic and able to withstand chewing, rough play and cleaning.
Birds enjoy a wide range of activities, and bird owners can be on the lookout to see which types of toys their bird might enjoy. Some toys provide comfort by allowing cuddling and snuggling, some require manipulation and problem solving, while others encourage preening. Foraging toys encourage birds to work for their food, as they would in the wild; while exercise toys like swings and ladders promote physical activity. Foot toys allow birds to hold and grasp, building dexterity through an enjoyable activity. Chewing toys are also important, and bird owners should know that these toys will be destroyed and need to be replaced.
It’s a good idea to have a rotation of toys for pet birds to prevent boredom. Changing out the toys on a regular basis also allows the bird owner to clean and inspect toys for damage and wear. The stimulation and activity provided by a variety of toys make a significant contribution to the happiness and health of any pet bird.