Birds and mirrors

Birds and mirrors

by Aimee

Hi I have a 1 year old cockatiel that has become attached to his mirror. I gave it to him not long after I got him so that he would have company when I was at school. He is now attached to it and I am not sure if or how I can get him to live without it? I have tried to take it away from him once before but all he did was scream. Do you have any suggestions?


Hi Aimee,

Many of the smaller species of birds can become very attached to their mirrors. I think a mirror is only harmful if it causes your bird to become territorial or start isolating himself from you.

If you are giving your bird the attention he needs and are providing toys to play with, you don’t need to worry that he will be lonely.

If you feel that taking the mirror away would be best, you can safely take it away (though you will need to deal with the screaming). You can also slowly wean him off of it.

God bless,

Michelle Jay

Comments for Birds and mirrors

Feb 26, 2015 mirror bird
by: Shonna

My 13yr old cockateil has had a mirror since he was a baby and loves it. I bonded with him right away and spend a lot of time with him his mirror is his buddy when I’m not there but does come to me when he sees me infact he has many mirrors and loves them all but again he does come to me and spends time with me. Sometimes we take his mirror with us and sometimes he’ll throw them off his cage to get me to pick them up it becomes a game to him for my attention which we both enjoy! You just have to learn to use it to your advantage I’ve learned or I should say he trained me well! Having a mirror isn’t always a bad thing.

1 reply
  1. Alex
    Alex says:

    In general how well do birds do with mirrors on a feeder if u live in Cincinnati Ohio, USA. Do birds like that or do they get scared of themselves


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