Bird Cage Size

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When researching and shopping for a bird cage, the size and species of your bird are equally important to consider. Different species have unique needs that need to be met in order for them to be fulfilled and healthy. The size of the cage should be larger than minimum guidelines both in width and height to ensure a happy bird. Small birds, like finches, generally need long cages to fly back and forth. You should purchase the biggest cage that you can afford and fit in your home. The smallest possible size will be at least one wingspan of the bird without contact with any part of the enclosure. Ideally, the space will have room for three full wingspans. This common list of pet birds and the absolute smallest acceptable cage size requirements will help you get started. Read our reviews onlarge and small cages to find the one that is right for you.

Budgie

Budgies, a type of parakeet, are small to medium birds that are a popular choice for first time owners due to their manageable size. They come in many colors and are highly intelligent and active pets. Their true color is green and all other variations have come about through breeding. In the wild, they fly miles every day and eat a varied diet. To foster an active lifestyle, the smallestcage you can house a budgie in is eighteen inches wide, eighteen inches high, and twenty-four inches long.

Caique

This nine-inch bird has a long lifespan of fifteen to thirty years. As with all pet birds, their cage should be placed away from drafty areas and direct sunlight. You should interact daily with your caique to prevent behavioral problems. The minimum cage size for this bird should be twenty-four inches wide and deep, and thirty-six inches tall. As always, the largest cage size you can manage is recommended for all pet birds.

Canary

Canaries are classified as extra small birds. The pets are generally referred to as domestic canaries. People love the cheerful songs that only male canaries enjoy to sing. They have been kept as pets since the 1400s. The average cost of a canary is twenty-five to one hundred fifty dollars. Natural lighting is important in order to keep canaries on a normal schedule. They are solitary, territorial birds that do not need as much human interaction as other breeds. The minimum cage size for a single canary should be eighteen inches for both width and height, with a length of twenty-four inches.

African Grey

African Greys are the perfect pet for anyone who wants a talkative bird. They are medium to large in size and can look similar to pigeons. They average around twelve to thirteen inches in length. It is recommended that only experienced bird caretakers take on an African Grey as a pet due to the complicated care they require. They tend to be nervous and develop feather plucking disorders with more frequency than other birds. These pets will need to spend a couple of hours per day out of their cages. When confined, their space should be no smaller than thirty-six inches wide, twenty-four inches deep, and forty-eight inches high.

Finch

Finches are extra small birds known for flying back and forth across their cages. Length more so than height will be important in a cage for these pets. They will also need many perches to land on as they move about. Finches are social birds and should be housed together. They can live up to seven years. The minimum cage size for a pet finch is eighteen inches wide, eighteen inches tall, and thirty inches long.

Conure

Conures are medium sized and native to South America. Due to their active nature, their cage should be at least twenty-four inches tall, twenty-four inches deep, and thirty-six inches long.Their homes should contain a variety of toys. You can expect these toys to be broken during play, but there should not be any small pieces that can be swallowed. They also love to bathe so include a separate bowl with one to two inches of water.

Amazon

The Amazon parrot is nature s stand up comedian. They also love to play aggressively and wrestle with their owners. If you wish, they may even shower with you. They love food and tend to pack on the weight, so exercising your Amazon is very important. For a single bird, the cage should measure at least thirty-six inches wide, twenty-four inches deep, and forty-eight inches tall. If you are not able to give your Amazon all of the attention it needs, getting a mate for your pet may be a good idea. When increasing the number of birds housed together, increase the cage size as well.

Poicephalus

An adult poicephalus is a medium-sized bird between eight and thirteen inches long, also known as the Meyer s parrot. They are ideal pets for those who are looking for a quieter bird who might even be a little shy. Meyer s parrots do well in households with children or apartments and buildings with close neighbors. This bird is all about climbing both horizontally and vertically. It can play independently with its toys for hours. For the healthiest living environment, a cage for a poicephalus should be at least twenty-four inches on all sides.

Lovebird

Lovebirds are another species of small parrot that measure five to six and a half inches long. They are affectionate and easily learn tricks. Their enclosures should have multiple perches and a variety of exercise equipment. To allow enough room for flying, all dimensions should measure at least twenty-four inches. A pair of lovebirds that have bonded should not be housed with any other birds or fighting can occur.

Cockatiel

Cockatiels are small parrots that measure up to fourteen inches tall. They are known as easygoing with a long life span. With good care, they can live twenty years or more. Cockatiels need more human attention than other species of pet birds. They also have a tendency to be nervous. Their cage should be at least twenty inches tall and wide, and twenty-four inches long. Placing toys in areas that are hard to reach will provide stimulation and exercise.

Macaw

Having a pet macaw is not for the faint of heart. This large bird has a reputation for being loud and destructive. Because of their great height, their cages should be taller than they are wide. They also love to climb, so horizontal bars are a must. A good starting place is forty-eight inches wide, thirty-six inches deep, and sixty inches tall. A general guideline is that the bird must be able to fully extend its wings without touching any part of the cage. The durability of the metal will be extra important because they love to chew the bars with their strong beaks. The best choice would be stainless steel.

Cockatoo

Cockatoos are big and beautiful white birds that can reach up to twenty inches in size. They make great companions to humans but can be especially needy. Their strong beaks require extra security measures such as stainless steel bars and locks for the door. To keep them occupied, give them lots of toys, a place to climb, an abundance of attention, and possibly another cockatoo companion. Minimum cage dimensions should measure forty-eight inches wide and tall, and at least thirty-six inches deep.

Eclectus

Eclectus parrots make great pets due to their calm nature. Males and females will have distinct color and personality differences. The females are the more dominant of the species and can be described as territorial and bossy. They love natural wood perches and swings. The best cages for this loveable bird are made of powder-coated metal or stainless steel. A single Eclectus needs a space of at least thirty-six inches wide, twenty-four inches deep, and forty-eight inches high.

Keep in mind that caged birds will still need access to safe areas to fly in your house or an outdoor enclosure as they cannot be confined one hundred percent of the time. They may need as many as one to four hours of supervised freedom per day. Be aware of common bird hazards such as exposed wires, aerosol chemicals, and Teflon kitchenware coating. If your pans get too hot during cooking, the fumes could be deadly to your feathered friends.

This article was originally posted at Innovative Cages and PGAA was autorized to post by Shaun Kennedy. 2016 © Innovative Cages