Birds of all shapes and sizes are popular as companion pets. But it is important to remember that, generally speaking, birds are still wild animals compared to the level of domestication we see in dogs and cats. Pet birds, therefore, still have strong wild instincts such as their need to forage for food. Our veterinarians can offer you guidance on how to foster your bird’s natural foraging behaviour so your pet bird can be healthy and happy.
We also recommend that bird parents watch the following video by M. Scott Echols, DVM, Dipl ABVP called “Captive Foraging.”
The Parrot Enrichment website is another good resource we recommend to our clients.