Caring for an Elderly Parrot

Caring for Elderly Parrots

Tips for Caring for Elderly Parrots

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.



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      • Jesse on February 6, 2018 at 11:30 pm

        We are adopting a Senior Sun Conure (26 yo). His owners are getting too old and surrendered him to the Bird Shop. We have wanted a parrot for a long time but we are too old to start with a baby unless we have a plan for the bird when we are too old to care for it. Do you have any suggestions for integrating this Senior Bird into our home. we have 3 dogs, 2 cats and a cockatiel (he’s 4 0r 5 yo).

        • funtimebirdy on February 7, 2018 at 8:31 pm

          Hi Jesse, I think you will need to slowly introduce him/her. If he/she has not been around dogs and cats it could be very scary for him. I would keep the dogs and cats away from him at the beginning until he gets used to the sounds of them. If he has been around other dogs and cats in his previous house it will not be as stressful. I would work slowly to introduce him or her to the new environment as you know even for a baby bird a new situation is always stressful. I hope this helps…please keep me updated on how it goes….Ann – FunTime Birdy

  2. Barbara Negrescu on November 27, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    I have a wild Orange Wing Amazon that was a breeder, she is 34 yrs. I have had her for 4 yrs. She doesn’t like to be touched. She screams sometimes very loud in the morning and wanders back and forth in the cage. She eats like all my parrots Organic Harrisons Bird Food & gets the fruits she likes. Doesn’t like to play or be sprayed, regardless I try it with her.

    • funtimebirdy on November 28, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Hi Barbara,

      It may take a long time with her but please never give up on her. It seems like you provided her with a loving and stable home.


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