I’m searching for some good African grey parrot bonding tools

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I’m a new Grey owner… Scarlet came to us on Nov. 24th after spending her first 12 years with one owner, and his wife. She was very bonded to him.


I’m searching for some good bonding tools, and would like your advice on some things that I should probably have for her cage and for when she is out, both to play with on her own and interactively with me to aid in our bonding.

Any advice, or books you can recommend would be amazing!! Thank you so much, in advance!! –Gen


Hi Gen


I truly feel your pain. Not sure if you’ve followed our saga of the acquisition of Peaches our Senegal parrot (another African bird – Poicephalus).


Not long after Peaches was weaned she was bought by a man from a breeder who brought her home to his girlfriend/wife who decried the words – “it’s the bird or me.” Words we have heard way too often.


So Peaches was rescued and as rescued birds go they are well cared for but rescues typically are understaffed thus for the seven years she (the rescue had her surgically sexed) got the attention of the rescue staff two hours a day meaning she spent 22 hours a day in her cage alone and did not care for the other large birds in the facility so she spend a lot of time isolated from “the flock” and lived caged, alone in the small bird room.


How Peaches found us is purely providence. The problem is any bird we care for gets put under a microscope – which is something we relish. Far too often do I hear the words “I don’t want to change anything in my birds life because I don’t want to upset him or her”.


We will not allow 108 g of animal (in your case 375 to 450 not knowing if it’s a Timneh or Congo) to dictate its care regimen.


Intelligence does not begin to define the capacity African grays have for learning.

Bird toys serve two purposes in a cage.

They should offer foraging opportunities, enrichment and general interactions to keep away birdie boredom but they should also be used to help provide privacy as parrots are prey birds.

We talk about the bird cage canopy concept here.


And when your bird is out of the cage once again he or she needs places around your home they can call their own.

I’m working on a post that I will share with you now about a caique parrot.


I’ve given up on books, the information is usually out dated by the time the book is a year old.

We don’t sell them and we are seeking any authors who want to make available e-books on bird care.

If you wanted to write your own series of e-books on your journey with your new African grey I would work with you on that because all of the information we have to date is proving to be obsolete.

Also published on Medium.


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.