How Much Sleep Does my Bird Need?

Amazon Parrot Sleeping

Amazon Parrot Sleeping

Through living with birds/parrots for over 25 years I have come to learn that birds need at least 12 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night.  My Cockatoo Marshmellow is very cranky when she does not get enough sleep.  At certain times of the year Marshmellow needs as much as 14 hours of sleep.  Marshmellow sleeps with our other flock members in our second bedroom.  All the flock members that sleep in our second bedroom have a cage cover so that it is nice and dark for them.  I even went out and purchased a black out shade for those summer months when it is still light when I put them to bed.

However, my African Grey, Jerry seems to need less sleep.  Jerry is a special case after many years of trying to find out why he was plucking his feathers we realized that Jerry is afraid of the dark.  In order to solve Jerry’s problem he now sleeps in our den away from my other flock members and we leave the light on for him.  He has not plucked a single feather.

What I have learned about birds and sleep is that birds are like humans.  Some humans require more sleep than others and some birds require more sleep than other birds.  The guideline is to allow your bird to have at least 12 hours of uninterrupted sleep and then see how they behave.  You will then be able to adjust their sleep to either more or less depending on how they do.

I would love to hear your comments about your bird’s sleep patterns.  Please leave me a comment and I will respond back.


  1. on December 29, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    thanks:) very helful, i have 2 argapornis now;) they very cute but i stil need to try to tame them:) have them for 30 hours now;)

    • funtimebirdy on December 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm


      Wow only thirty hours with them at home you must be so excited. It takes time for them to get used to their new surroundings. I am glad you liked my blog post and found it helpful….kisses and hugs to your new babies.


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