With proper nutrition and care, our pet parrots can live to a ripe old age. African Greys can live up to 50-70 years old; Macaws frequently live from 60-80 years while Cockatiels average about 15-20 years. As your parrots start to reach their golden years, they may require more time and attention from you. Here are a few tips to help your senior parrot stay healthy and perky:
• Play with your parrot daily. Even elderly parrots enjoy interactive bird toys and parrot toys. Don’t stop shopping for large bird toys or bird toy supplies just because your pet is getting older. One of the keys to increasing your pet’s longevity is to keep them happy. And birds love to play—no matter how old they are. So keep those bird toys on your shopping list. Remember as we age it is important for elderly humans to keep their minds stimulated. Our feathered friends are no different.
• Lower the perches. Each bird perch should be lowered a couple of inches. As your bird ages, he may have greater difficulty stepping up or flying onto his bird perch. In addition, elderly parrots may struggle to keep their balance as they sleep. If your feathered friend falls off his perch, you don’t want him to have too long of a fall. It is a good idea to remove all large bird toys and parrot toys from your bird’s cage as he sleeps. This will prevent him from accidentally falling onto a wooden toy and bruising himself.
• Make sure your bird gets plenty of sleep. An elderly parrot needs 12-14 or more hours of sleep at night, plus several rest periods during the day. So if your feathered friend has been playing on one of his Parrot Play Gyms or bird stands for several hours, encourage him to take a brief nap to avoid becoming exhausted.
Most important of all, enjoy your bird’s golden years. As your bird ages, he will begin to display a quieter, more vulnerable side. Relish each moment with you parrot they are so wonderful!
Do you have an older parrot? I would love to hear from you.