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The Best Small Bird Cage Perches

For Cockatiels, Lovebirds, Small Parakeets, and Parrotlets

The right amount and variety of bird cage perches is essential to your bird’s foot health and cage “furniture”.

bird cage perches

Providing your bird with perches of various types and diameters is absolutely essential. Your bird will spend most of his life standing, so preventing foot problems is very important. Bird cage perches of different types and diameters help to exercise your bird’s feet so he won’t get tired of standing on same-sized perches of the same material. Perches will also help your bird navigate his cage and have comfortable places to sleep and spend his time.

Bird cage perches come in all shapes, sizes, materials, and colors. It is important to have a variety and know what a variety looks like. There are also bird cage perches that are recommended against and even poisonous, so it’s important to know what to look for.

The Best for Your Bird

There is a recommended perch diameter for each size bird. This is so you don’t choose bird cage perches that are too big or too small for your bird. It’s important to have perches that are the right size for your bird as well as perches that are a little bigger and a little smaller than the recommended size to give your bird the size variety that he needs.

Here are the recommended perch diameters for the different sizes of birds:

Perch Diameter Recommendations
Bird Size Perch Diam.
X-Small 1/2″ or less
Small 1/2-5/8″
Medium 3/4-1″
Large 1-1.5″
X-Large 2-2.5″”


What To Buy

There are a few different popular types of parrot perches on the market. However, you do not need them all and some of them aren’t good for your bird. Below is a table with the recommended quantity of the different types of perches. Keep in mind that different diameters are required too.

It is important for your bird to have:

Perch Types
Image Qty Type (click to jump to the perches)
Therapeutic Perches

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Therapeutic Perches
Therapeutic perches help trim your bird’s nails and may lead to a reduced need for nail trimmings. Try to place one as the highest perch in the cage or near your bird’s favorite food dish–this will help make sure it gets used.
Natural Wood Perches

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Natural Wood Perches
Natural wood perches are the best perches for your bird’s cage. Not only do they offer different diameters for your bird’s feet, but they are also good for your bird to chew.
Rope Perches

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Rope Perches
Rope perches are also a great addition to a cage. They provide a different, softer surface as well as a different size for your bird’s feet.
perches_heated

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Heated Perches
Yes, there are such things as heated perches. These perches are used to help regulate your bird’s body temperature and comfort.
perches_shower

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Shower Perches
Shower perches can be very fun for a bird that likes to spend time with you in the shower.
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Dowel Perches
Wooden dowel perches usually come with a cage and are cheap and easy to clean, but do not provide the size variety that your bird needs. It’s ok to use one as long as there are other types of perches in your bird’s cage.
perches_no Not too many perches
It’s important not to overcrowd your bird’s cage with perches. He should still be able to spread his wings without hitting a perch.

We know perch hunting isn’t easy, so we’ve done the hard work for you and have found the best parrot perches on the market at the best prices and with the largest variety for each type of bird.

We Found The Best Perches

Here are the best perches we have found for your feathery friend:

Jump to: Therapeutic | Natural Wood | Rope | Heated | Shower

Therapeutic Perches
Qty: 1
Therapeutic perches are a must-have for any bird. They trim nails, are safe for beak rubbing, and many come with varying diameters.
Medium

  • Use for Medium birds: Caiques, Lorikeets, Pionus, Poicephalus, etc.
Natural Wood Perches
Qty: 1-2
Natural wood perches are required in every bird cage. They offer natural varying diameters and give the birds a perch closer to the ones available in their natural habitats. Make sure to provide your bird with at least one of these perches.
Medium

  • Use for Medium birds: Caiques, Lorikeets, Pionus, Poicephalus, etc.
Rope Perches
Qty: 1-2
Rope perches are a must-have for any bird. They are soft, comfortable, durable, and most importantly, different. The various lengths available also make these perches fit any size cage and even stretch all the way across the larger ones.

Medium

  • Use for Medium birds: Caiques, Lorikeets, Pionus, Poicephalus, etc.

Heated Perches
Qty: 0-1

Heated perches really are a lot of fun and many birds absolutely love them. And on top of that, heated perches protect birds from the negative effects of air conditioning and heat lamps. This perch comes in three different sizes, so it can be used with any bird.

Product Features

  • Protect exotic birds from the harmful effects of air conditioning and cold drafts
  • Made of sturdy scratch and bite resistant non-toxic plastic
  • Attaches easily to wire cages

Reviews

“I had no idea how much my conure needed one of these. I bought it and she was on it instantly. She even slept on it, and she is really picky about where she sleeps. She ALWAYS sleeps in her fuzzy tent. But she slept outside of the tent just to be on this perch. She wouldn’t just use it for fun, so I know she must have needed it. Now her little feet are always warm and she seems so content. This is an incredible product…just wonderful. I HIGHLY recommend this product.” – Steph

“Please do the right thing and buy one of these for every caged bird you keep. These have saved our bird’s life on several occasions. We have an umbrella cockatoo and he would catch at least 2 colds per year, sometimes life threatening. In the past we tried heat lamps but he accidentally got too warm/burned skin). These perches are a perfect temp for him all the time. And they seem indestructible. Now our guy never catches a cold or gets sick (have we gotten lucky?). He’s much calmer, less screaming, fidgeting, repetitive motion–stuff cockatoos do when not happy. He’s much happier. Rooms that are kept at temperatures comfortable for humans (70-74 deg f) are way too cold for many types of birds–they seem never warm enough for caged birds. Please do the right thing and use these perches.” – RBake

Medium

  • Size – 5/8″ to 11/4″ diameter x 13″ long
  • Use for Medium and Large birds: Caiques, Lorikeets, Pionus, Poicephalus, African Greys, Amazons, Small Cockatoos, Eclectus, etc.
Shower Perches
Qty: 0-1

Shower perches are great for pet birds. All parrots from the tropical rainforest spend half of their active time grooming and bathing, and the other half is spent foraging for food. Showers are an important and healthy part of their daily activities. These perches can give your bird back the thrill of the tropical rainforest in your shower.

Reviews

“I absolutely love this product (and so does my blue headed conure)! I have it attached to a sliding glass door and my parrot loves to spend part of his day sitting on this perch watching everything that is going on outside. I use the “small” size for my conure and it is very stable and has never fallen off the sliding glass door. I really love it!” – Tania Mcmanama

Small

  • Use for X-Small, Small, and Medium birds: Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parakeets, Caiques, Lorikeets, Pionus, Poicephalus, etc.

We hope we’ve helped you find the best bird cage perches for your pet bird!

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2017-05-18T14:59:23+00:00

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