Proper Bird and Parrot Cage Placement

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One of the first things I evaluate with a problem bird is their cage. Where it is located, size, shape, and how it is set up.

Many behavior problems can be attributed to having your parrot in improper surroundings. Their cage should be a safe haven for them with plenty of things to keep them busy.

A good bird cage should be easy to keep clean, and it should not be round. The bar spacing should be appropriate for the type of bird or parrot that is housed in it.

Whether or not you have a play top bird cage or a dome top parrot cage is up to you. One of the best gifts you can give yourself and your parrot is a top of the line cage.

Types of Bird Cages

When you skimp on a bird cage you just end up replacing it again and again. Do your research and get a cage that will last the lifetime of your parrot.

Bird Cage Placement

The bird cage should be placed in an area where you are sure your parrot will be able to view his surroundings safely without feeling threatened.

You do not want to place a parrot cage directly in front of a window or in the center of a room. Our first response is to assume that they would enjoy the outside view or being right in the middle of a room so they can see everything.

The truth is that this type of placement may be fine while your parrot is young. But once your parrot becomes sexually mature and aware that it is a prey animal, this type of placement will cause extreme stress upon him.

Knowing this, a parrot should be placed against a solid wall, if this is not possible then the back half of the parrot cage should be covered at all times. This will give him the sense of security that is needed.

Parrots do not live out in the open in the wild. They live inside of trees in dense forest areas, under rocks and even burrow into the ground.

So they may live and raise young safely. Therefore we should try to mock this type of environment by placing the bird cage in a more indiscreet area or our homes.

One where they can take pleasure in their surroundings and not feel threatened. You will need also to consider your parrots sleep requirements. Does the placement of the cage allow for the proper amounts of undisturbed quiet and darkness?

If not do you have a sleeping cage in another room? Sleep deprivation is a problem with many parrots I see. So if your parrot is not receiving at least ten to twelve hours of rest each night you will need to re evaluate his cage placement.

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Do’s and dont’s for bird cage placement

  • Don’t place a bird cage directly in front of a window
  • Don’t place a bird cage in the center of a room
  • Don’t place a bird cage right on the edge of a doorway
  • Don’t place a bird cage next to the TV that is watched late into the niter.
  • Don’t place a bird cage in the kitchen because of toxic fumes
  • Don’t place a bird cage in an unfinished basement
  • Don’t place a bird cage in a utility room
  • Don’t place a bird cage in the garage
  • Don’t place a bird cage in your bedroom
  • Do place them in a corner of the family room with a sleeping cage in another room
  • Do place them in a frequently used office or sitting room
  • Do have a bird room if you have multiple birds
  • Do place in an alcove or visible dining room
  • Do place them against a wall
  • Do place them so they have a view of the entire room without putting them as a focal point.
  • You want your parrot to be able to observe his environment so he learns to trust his surroundings.


He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.