What is the best perch for your pet parrot? The answer is easy: it must be natural material as in the natural habitats of your birds. In the wild, birds don’t need a nail or beak trim, their environment takes care of all of this, so give your parrot a natural wooden perch.
In your home, parrots are on their feet 24/7, especially if they spend most of the day in cages. Your bird needs a few different perches of various diameters and with an uneven surface to properly exercise its legs, as well as tree branches and twigs. The different structures / hardness of the hangers will help to trim the beak and nails naturally; Many bird owners and breeders would strongly advise against the use of sandpaper and cement perches, as they can damage the legs of your parrots. As a general rule of thumb, your bird’s legs should rotate 3/4 around its main perch. Although peg perches are the easiest and most common to find, they shouldn’t be the only perches your bird has. Large, flat wooden rest perches are also gaining popularity and can be mounted high up in the cage to sleep at night (some would recommend rope perches for that – give your parrot options and you’ll see a happier pet pretty soon). New perches, as well as those your bird already uses, should be washed and cleaned regularly (perches in front of the feeding station more often than others). New natural wood perches can be placed in addition to oven washing at the lowest 200 F temperature for an hour or so to make sure all insects that may be lurking in the wood are gone.
The most common hangers you can find made (listed in alphabetical order without priority):
Island Wood (coffee)
Wacky Wood Lima
All of these perches meet the needs of your parrots at best. All of them quite tough if seasoned / dried properly and also have many other beneficial properties (some can be left barked, others sandblasted) that make the surface uneven and very comfortable for a good grip for your parrot, others Prized for their natural unevenness and crevices that could keep your parrot busy for hours.
Cactus (Cholla) – Cholla is a term applied to several shrub cacti of the genus Opuntia with cylindrical stems composed of segmented joints. Perches made from those sun-dried cylindrical stems exercise your bird’s legs and feet; gives extra texture to perch on, and also an irresistible chewing stick on its own; Plus, Cholla’s natural nooks and crannies are great for hiding treats.
Cajeput Tree, also known as White Tea Tree, Swamp Tea Tree, and White Wood, is a tree in the Myrtaceae family native to the East Indies and Tropical Australia. Cajeput wood is hard and very strong when properly dried or dried. Tea tree oil derived from leaves and twigs well known for its antiseptic properties. Those qualities, in addition to being native to Australia, make it a good choice for parrot perches. Note that the oil from this tree is very volatile and some people report it as an allergen.
Dragon wood (Dracaena is a genus of 40 trees and shrubs suqqulent) –The dragon tree is a very slow growing evergreen tree; It can take up to 10 years for a tree about 1 meter tall to grow, so its wood is very dense and hard. Exterior of the tree, spiky lives and red resin probably responsible for its name. Most of the species are native to Africa, with a few in South Asia and one in tropical Central America. The rock-hard wood of these trees makes them a good choice for a bird’s perch and is easy to clean. The branches of the dragon tree are subtly curved, quite straight and even in circumference compared to those of Manzanita.
Eucalyptus (very hard when seasoned / dried properly) makes an excellent perch. Eucalyptus trees are the natural habitat of many birds and parrots. Wood from these trees used in perches and parrot toys by quite a few pet companies, you can also find some parrot chew toys made of wood and eucalyptus leaves, which claim to be beneficial to your bird (due to trace elements and minerals and oils, they are also believed that the leaves help reduce inflammation). The perch of this tree can be beneficial for parrot leg health, as eucalyptus oil has antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
You can make a perch for your bird from a fresh eucalyptus branch if you have it available, although it would not be as durable as the professionally seasoned / dried one, but on the other hand if you have a constant supply, change it as soon as the structure becomes weak.
Vine wood – is a by-product of old vineyard pruning, prized for its natural appearance, attractive shape and excellent durability. It is a renewable resource and is best suited only in medium to low humidity environments, exactly as most human homes are. In humid or humid conditions, grape wood tends to easily mold or mold. Many bird owners say their pets loved the natural cracks and knots in wood. Sandblasted hangers can be easily scrubbed.
Island wood (coffee) – After producing coffee for many years, the coffee trees become dormant and unproductive. After these trees are removed from the ground, their properly shaped and carved branches are used for various applications: perches and pet stands. Usually your hardwood is debarked, sanded and kiln dried.
Little Apple posts appreciated for their toughness and unique shape. You can find it left with its bark intact (red color) or sandblasted, depending on your preference. Sandblasted Manzanite has a rough surface texture and a clean, elegant presentation. Natural Red Manzanita has a smoother surface texture and a darker appearance, from bright red to deep burgundy, depending on its age.
Ribbon wood – Very hardy New Zealand and Australian shrubs and trees, the inner bark of which produces a strong flax-like fiber. Several species belonging to 2 genera Plagianthus and Hoheria have the common name Ribbonwood with very similar descriptions. Perches made of this hardwood generally retain some of the inner bark that your bird can remove, providing hours of fun.
Rosewood – refers to any of a number of richly toned woods, often brown with darker streaks, but found in many different shades. All rosewoods are strong and heavy so they have excellent polish and are a good choice for bird perches. True rosewoods belong to the genus Dalbergia. Most of the species originated from Brazilia, tropical America, Southeast Asia, Madagascar, and Africa.
Yellow cow wood – refers to the wood of the cratoxylum cochinchinense tree – quite common in semi-open areas and along forest margins in Burma (Myanmar), southern China (Hainan, Hong Kong), the Malay Peninsula, Indochina, Indonesia (Sumatra, Borneo), Thailand and Laos (Khammouan). The abundant supply makes use of this tree, an excellent green option: this deciduous tree is one of the first trees to return to the forest. Other very good reasons to use it in perches for birds are its durability, robustness, flexibility and good resistance to splitting. The wood was considered lighter but harder than Manzanita wood.
Wacky Wood Lima – The perches are generally made from the roots of the equatorial lime wood, the natural irregular shape of this perch provides excellent exercise as a bird walk (it often has something of a spiral shape). Lima Root is an ultra hard wood known for its durability. And with all its drops and curves, your bird is sure to get some exercise!
* – All information provided is collective from many sources across the Internet, bird owners, breeders, and other public sources. It is provided for your convenience only and does not represent any warranty or promise. In case of doubt, always contact your avian veterinarian and the manufacturer of the product in question.