How to Choose the Perfect Cage/Aviary for Your Parrot?

Choosing A Cage for Your Parrot

Birds should be housed in a cage that is as roomy as possible, especially birds that will spend most or all of their time in the cage. 

Birds need to be able to stretch their wings and flap them without hitting anything. They should also be able to make short flights.

Mayday and Amelia

Did you know that Horizontal Bars are very important for Birds who like to climb Like Parakeets, cockatiels, and lots of playful parrots? 

Keep in mind that the spacing of the bars need to be small enough that the bird cannot get its head through them. 

Our recommended MINIMUM width and depth CAGE STANDARDS (WITHOUT seed skirts - Inside cage measurement):

  • Parakeets, Cockatiels, Lovebirds, Quakers: 27"w x 24"d
  • Ringnecks, Conures, Pionus, Lories, Meyers, Senegals, Multiple Small Birds: 32"w X 23"d
  • African Greys, Small Cockatoos, Eclectus, Amazons, Small Macaws: 36"w x 28"d
  • Umbrella cockatoo, Greater Sulfur Crested cockatoo, Triton cockatoo,

  • Moluccan cockatoo, Military macaw, Scarlet macaw, Blue and gold macaw: 40"w x 30"d
  • Greenwing or Hyacinth Macaws: 48"w x 36"d

We REALLY recommend the 64"w x 32"d or 80"w x 40"d "double" cages for even a single large bird.

Metal bars are good for birds that like to chew.

Also, it is better if the cage is easy to clean. Many cages have a slide-out tray and an easily removable grate.

Sweet loves her big cage with toys and perches.

Where should I place my bird cage?

The cage should be placed in a draft-free area that is well lit, but not in direct sunlight. To make your birds feel secure and comfortable, keep their cage against a wall or in a corner, and at eye level if you hang it from the ceiling.

The prefect Aviary for my Parrot

Aviaries are beneficial in providing large areas for birds, often with the intent of breeding. Aviaries can be either indoors or outdoors. Some birds are very noisy and can be a nuisance to close neighbors. So if your birds are loud, you may want to keep them in an indoor aviary or in a remote area.

Indoor Aviaries give you the ability to control temperature, lighting, noise and humidity. An indoor aviary is often a room in a home devoted to birds. The windows are covered with wire and the door often has a wired porch with two doors to pass through . These are to keep your birds from flying out. Some indoor aviaries are simply a bird room with extra large cages. Doing it this way, the doors and windows don?t need to be screened in.

Greyson in his indoor aviary.

Outdoor Aviaries can provide your birds with a natural environment and are designed in a wide variety of styles. Because the birds are exposed to the weather, they must have indoor sheltering, possibly heated or cooled, if conditions get extreme. Outdoor aviaries always need a shaded area and wind breaks. Trees or large branches can fit in nicely to create a comfortable home, but must be of non-toxic woods.

Noa in his outdoor aviary. 


Perches not only provide standing places for birds, but also give them an opportunity to exercise their beaks and keep their beaks trim. Perch size and shape can vary depending on the bird, but should fit their feet.  Round and oval wooden perches are often used. Variety in both size and shape is important to exercise your birds feet. Natural branches are great for providing this variety. 


Bowls are needed for foods, treats, and water. Ceramic or stainless steel bowls generally best. Built in bowl holders are often a part of the cage and may be designed to keep the bird from removing the bowl. Other bowls are attached with hooks, bolts or clips, and may mount inside or outside the cage depending on the design.

Toys for birds are designed in lots of combinations of woods, leathers, ropes, chains, bells and even acrylics. Toys such as swings and ladders are designed for chewing and climbing. The wide range of non-toxic colors, fun textures, shapes and sizes, you'll find in bird toys which will keep both you and your bird interested in checking out new ones. A great way to combat boredom and provide exercise!

Sydnee cage full of toys and perches.

A bird's cage serves as its sanctuary. It's crucial that their environment is cozy, safe, and offers sufficient space for them to roam and enjoy. Prioritize thorough research before acquiring a cage.

For more articles about bird care: 

How to quiet a screaming parrot.

Holistic Approach to Parrot's Lifestyle 

Bird Care: Optimizing Maintenance Activities for Your Parrot

Shreddable Bird Toys That Guarantee Hours of Entertainment


Author Monika Sangar 

PDS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (tax id #46-2470926)

Monika Sangar is a dedicated bird rescue and author with a lifelong passion for pet bird care and bird health. As both a bird owner/rescuer and a molecular biologist, she shares her knowledge and experiences to help others become better bird owners. 

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