The Best Pet Bird Cages

Find the best cage for your pet bird

Your pet birds need certain types of bird cages. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to your bird’s cage.

Your bird’s cage is his castle and where he will be spending most of his time. So, it’s important that you provide a cage that is comfortable, safe, and entertaining.

Bird cages come in all shapes and sizes and it’s important for you to know which is the best for your bird. When shopping for cages, there are a lot of things you need to take into consideration. This includes and is not limited to: the cage size and shape, material, door type, cage bottom, playtop safety, and for the sake of your wallet, price and transportation.

The Best for Your Bird

See the best bird cages we recommend for your bird’s species:

Important Cage Features

It’s important to learn how to choose the proper bird cage for your pet bird. For your own reference, and so you will know that the bird cages we recommend really are the best for your bird, here are the most important cage features you need to take into consideration when shopping for bird cages on your own:

  • Size and shape – Your pet bird’s cage needs to be as large as you can afford and have room for. However, the bar spacing also needs to be right for your bird’s species so he can’t escape or get his head stuck between the bars. Try to avoid complicated, round, multi-level, or antique bird cages. Complicated cage designs may lead to your bird’s toes or tongue getting caught in parts. Antique bird cages may be coated in toxic paint, so keep this in mind. The cages on this page are tried and tested designs and materials and are organized by bird size and species. The table below shows the recommended cage size and bar spacing depending on the size of your pet bird. So, while you’re looking, keep in mind that these cage sizes are the absolute minimums and bigger is always better (just make sure the bar spacing is right as well).

 

Cage Size Recommendations
Bird Size Min. Cage Size Bar Spacing
X-Small Rectangular, as large as possible 3/8″ – 7/16″
Small 18x18x18″ or 18x18x24″ 3/8″ – 1/2″
Medium 24x24x24″ 1/2″ – 3/4″
Large 24x24x36″ 3/4″ – 1″
X-Large 36x24x36″ 3/4″ – 1.5″

 

  • Materials – Cages come in a variety of different materials. The best material for a bird cage is stainless steel. It’s safe, doesn’t rust, and is very strong and durable. Cages made out of wood, bamboo, or other weak material can easily be chewed through and are practically useless. Some cages are painted and this paint can either be safe or unsafe for your bird–it’s better to avoid it. The cages below are made out of the best and safest material for pet birds so you can be sure that you are getting the perfect cage.
  • Doors – Cages are available with a few different types of doors including doors that swing out, lift up (like a guillotine), or drop down (like a drawbridge). It’s important that you know what type of door works best for you as well as your bird. Some birds easily escape from doors that lift up, some birds won’t fit through doors with smaller openings, and some doors that swing out don’t have enough space between the door and the cage and may catch your bird’s toe. You also need to take into consideration the number of food and water dish doors. There is a lot to consider. The cages below all have tested door types and are categorized by bird species so you will know that you are choosing the right kind.
  • Cage bottom – Being able to easily clean your cage is a big plus. Some cages are sized perfectly for newspaper (the best, safest, and cheapest bedding material) to fit in the bottom–something I’m sure you’ll want. Some cages have removable grates and others do not. Removeable grates helps a lot with the cleaning process as well as with keeping your bird safe. The cages below are all easy to clean, so you can rest assured that you will be saving time.
  • Play center – Some cages come with playcenters (or “playtops”) on the top or side of the cage. These are great and your pet bird may spend a lot of his time there so it’s important that they are safe and have food and water dishes attached. The cages with playtops below are all tested and approved for both safety and fun play time for your bird.

We know cage hunting isn’t easy, so we’ve done the hard work for you and have found the best cages on the market at the best prices for each type of bird.

Our Favorites

Here are our favorite cages that we have found for your feathery friends:

X-Small Pet Birds
The Best Bird Cages for Canaries and Finches

Outdoor/Indoor Flight Aviary Cage 39x24x70 – Black

This is by far our favorite cage for canaries and finches. This is a great cage that gives canaries and finches lots of room to fly. The cage measures 39″ wide x 24″ deep x 70″ high. The bar spacing is 3/8″ and it can be used indoors or outdoors. If you can spend the money, this is the absolute perfect cage for your canaries or finches. Highly Recommended!

Product Features

  • Flight cage with 2 perches and pull-out drawer for easy cleaning
  • Features wheels on a rolling caster base and a double front door
  • Made of wire 3/8″ spacing
  • Wash with soap and water
See More X-Small Cage Recommendations

 

Small Pet Birds
The Best Bird Cages for Cockatiels, Lovebirds, Small Parakeets, and Parrotlets

Nina Playtop Bird Cage 18x20x51 (More Colors Available)

This is our favorite cage for small pet birds. It comes in a variety of colors and is bigger than the recommended minimum to give your bird a better home. This cage is sturdy and comes with a removable playpen so your bird can spend plently of quality time outside his cage. With a few good quality perches, this is an ideal home for any small bird.

Product Features

  • The unique “lift off” playpen can be removed from the top of the cage and placed on a stand or table for a change of scenery
  • Features include Easy, “No Nuts and Bolts” assembly, Outside access food cups, and Bird Proof Door Locks.
  • Bar spacing 1/2″, Wire Gauge 1/8″
  • 18x20x51 inches, Total cage height: 51″, Playtop dimensions: 25″H x 20″W x 18″D

Reviews

“This is the most thoughtfully designed cage I’ve ever seen. It connects together so easily and solidly with no screws, making setup a breeze (good instructions too, which is a first!). It’s AWESOME. The playtop is completely removable, just lifts out of the inset top. We have it all over the house. The front door has real hinges, not just screws attaching it to the front panel like my A&E cage. There are 3 (decorative) food dishes. Most cages this size have 2.

The bottom trays slide in and out like a DREAM and there is a shelf on the bottom for storage, which is fantastic. Why don’t they all have that? I do think that you could remove the playtop and seed guards and actually travel with this thing, because it hooks together so easily and quickly and stores mostly flat. It’s not a travel cage by any means, but if you wanted to take it apart and move it to another location, even a motel room, it wouldn’t be difficult.” – Diane K. Miller

See More Small Cage Recommendations

 

Medium Pet Birds
The Best Bird Cages for Caiques, Small Conures, Lories, Large Parakeets, Pionus, and Poicephalus

Select Wrought Iron Parrot Cage 30x22x63 (More Colors Available)

This is our favorite cage for medium pet birds. It is a great cage at a fantastic price! While the depth is 2 inches shorter than the recommended minimum, the extra width and height make up for it. This cage is very roomy and has a play top so your bird can spend plenty of quality time outside his cage. Highly recommended!

Product Features

  • Cage Includes 2 solid wood perches, 4 stainless steel cups, 2 pull-out trays & 1 pull-out bottom grille.
  • The seed guards have rounded corners and the bottom grille and tray remove quickly for easy cleaning
  • Wire spacing is 0.75 inches. Cage Dimensions: 30″L x 22″D x 63″H
  • Comes in a Sage colored non-toxic, powder coated finish for elegance and durability.

Select Series wrought iron cages include 2 solid wood perches, pull out drawer and bottom grille, 4 stainless steel cups, top playpen and seed guards. The cage comes in a non-toxic, powder coated finish for elegance and durability. The seed guards have rounded corners and the bottom grille and tray remove quickly for easy cleaning. Wire spacing is 3/4″. Cage Dimensions: 30″L x 22″D x 63″H.

Reviews

“This cage is well built, heavy duty, has a nice finish (I chose the Sage color) and my Congo African Grey parrot LOVES it. Features I especially like… The variety of colors that Prevue’s cages offer are very pleasing and complement most decor. The cage is well constructed and the metal is substantial without appearing “heavy”. It went together easily. It is large and roomy for the bird. The easy outside access, non spillable, food and water dishes will be a godsend for timid petsitters. The seed guards and easily cleanable droppings trays, keep mess to a minimum. The playtop is a great place for a bird to spend time outside the cage, high enough for it to feel safe enough to relax, and to give it a grand view from which to peruse it’s surroundings, low enough for even a short owner (I’m 5’1″) to be able to deal with the bird and its needs easily. The bars are set to allow the parrot to move easily through the cage – even using the top to hang upside down… yet are spaced close enough together (3/4″) that there can be no unexpected nips to anyone passing by. I think this is a great cage at an affordable price. I would recommend it as a Happy choice.” – Melani Darrell

“Great cage for the price. Very sturdy for my Grey. Castors roll easily. Only thing I wish it had was a door for a breeding box. Very easy to assemble by yourself.” – Sharon Butz

See More Medium Cage Recommendations

 

Large Pet Birds
The Best Bird Cages for African Greys, Amazons, Small Cockatoos, Large Conures, Eclectus, Hawk-Headed Parrots, and Mini-Macaws

Large Open Play Top Bird Cage 39.5x26x56

This is our favorite cage for large parrots. It is larger than the minimum size, yet is offered at an unbeatable price! We honestly wouldn’t want to go any smaller than this cage for large parrots unless absolutely necessary. This cage is sturdy, easy to clean, and we think both you and your bird will love it! It also comes with an open play top so your pet bird can spend plenty of quality time outside his cage. Highly recommended!Product Features

  • Non-Toxic Coated Finished Safe for Bird
  • Durable Metal Wire Bar to Secured Large Birds
  • Strong and Steady Metal Main Frame
  • Open Top Play Area with 2 Stainless Steel Bowls and a Perch.
  • Large Steel Front Door with Snapping Lock
  • 3 Feeder Doors with Locks for Easy Feeding.
  • 3 Large Interior Stainless Steel Feeding Bowls for Dry/Wet Food and Water.
  • 1 Interior Long Wooden Perches for Resting.
  • Lower Removable Sliding Grate for Easy Cleaning.
  • Lower Removable Sliding Metal Tray for Easy Cleaning.
  • 4 Strong Swivel Casters 2 Locks for Mobility and Stability.
  • Dimensions: 39-1/2″x26″x56″
  • Bar Spacing: 1″
  • Bar Thickness: 3, 4, 5 (mm)

Reviews

“I recommend this to anyone who is looking for a well built cage for a large parrot. I put it together myself and it is so easy to clean. A cage pretty much the same size and sturdiness at a pet store sells for over $1000.00. I highly reccommend this if you’re in the market for one. I love it.” – L. Dunlop

“This cage is amazing! I knew right away “Burdie” liked her house and the space it provided. The price was the best I found anywhere and the delivery time was just as stated. The side feeding and water bowls are great for not having to open the door while changing the bird cage. I would definitly recommend this to anyone with a large breed bird.” – Casey J. Chandler

“I bought this cage for my 15-year old Blue and Gold Macaw. He’s not a destructive guy, so this particular model works well for him. However, if you have a destructive macaw or cockatoo, this is not the cage for your bird as the wire is very thin and easily bent. Overall, I was pleased with the price and the cage is exactly as pictured.” – pate281

See More Large Cage Recommendations

 

X-Large Pet Birds

Wrought Iron Parrot Cage Play-Top 40x30x69 (More Colors Available)

This is a great cage at a fantastic price. Not only is it durable and huge, but it includes a playtop so your parrot can spend quality time outside his cage. This cage is the perfect size (bigger than the minimum) for extra large pet birds.

Product Features

  • Powder coated finish, Bar Spacing: 1″
  • 3 Easy access feeder doors
  • 5 Heavy Duty Plastic Cups
  • Slide out bottom grate & trays (Top & Bottom), 4-side seed catcher

Reviews

“This cage is an excellent value! I have been looking for parrot cages locally and found that smaller cages were going for the same price as this larger cage. The bottom line, literally, is that is a great cage and a great value!” – William F. Mansey

“I have to say, this is by far the best purchase I have made on Amazon to date. Worth every single penny I paid, and then some. It is large and roomy, and the two African Grey Parrots are THRILLED with their new house. If you are on the fence about this one, hop off of it and order! You will NOT be disappointed. The one and ONLY thing I could have wanted in addition to this cage would have been better assembly instructions. The ones provided were sadly lacking. It absolutely takes two people to assemble this. The parts to this cage are quite bulky until you get enough of it assembled to allow it to support it’s own weight, so do yourself a favor and invite a friend to help. Other than that, I could not be happier with this cage.” – Patricia A. Rabbitt

See More X-Large Cage Recommendations

Remember to keep in mind the recommended cage size for your pet bird:

Cage Size Recommendations
Bird Size Min. Cage Size Bar Spacing
X-Small Rectangular, as large as possible 3/8″ – 7/16″
Small 18x18x18″ or 18x18x24″ 3/8″ – 1/2″
Medium 24x24x24″ 1/2″ – 3/4″
Large 24x24x36″ 3/4″ – 1″
X-Large 36x24x36″ 3/4″ – 1.5″

We hope we’ve helped you in your quality cage hunting endeavor!