Natural wood perches for parrot cages

What is the best perch for your pet parrot? The answer is easy: it must be natural material as in the natural habitats of your birds. In the wild, birds don’t need to have their nails or beak trimmed, their environment takes care of all this, so give your parrot a natural wooden perch.

In your home, parrots are on their feet 24/7, especially if they spend most of the day locked in cages. Your bird needs several different perches of various diameters and with an uneven surface to properly exercise its feet, just like branches and twigs in trees. The different structure/hardness of the perches will help trim the beak and nails naturally; Many bird owners and breeders would strongly discourage the use of sandpaper and cement perches as they can damage your parrot’s feet. As a general rule, your bird’s legs should rotate 3/4 around its main perch. Although spike perches are the easiest to find and most common, they should not be the only perches your bird has. Large, flat wooden perches are also gaining popularity and can be mounted high up in the cage for overnight sleeping (some would recommend rope perches for that – give your parrot options and you’ll soon see a happier pet). New perches, as well as those already used by your bird, should be washed and cleaned regularly (perches in front of the feeding station more often than others). New natural wood hangers, in addition to washing, can be placed in the oven on the lowest setting of 200 F for an hour or so to make sure any bugs that might be lurking in the wood are gone.

The most common hangers you can find are made (listed in alphabetical order without priority):

cacti (cholla)

cajuput wood

dragon wood


vine wood

Island Wood (Coffee)

Little Apple

Wood Tape


crazy wood file

All these perches meet the needs of your parrots in the best way. They are all quite hard if properly seasoned/dried and have many other beneficial properties as well, some can be left bark on, others can be sandblasted which makes the surface uneven and very comfortable for a good grip for your parrot, others appreciated for their natural irregularity. surface and crevices that could keep your parrot busy for hours.

Cacti (Cholla)- Cholla is a term applied to various bushy cacti of the genus Opuntia with cylindrical stems made up of segmented joints. Perches made from those sun-dried cylindrical stems exercise your bird’s feet and legs; give an extra texture to perch, and also irresistible chewing stick by itself; Plus, Cholla’s natural nooks and crannies are great for hiding treats.

cajuput tree, also known as White Tea Tree, Swamp Tea Tree and White Wood is a tree in the Myrtaceae family native to the East Indies and Tropical Australia. Cajeput wood is hard and very strong when properly seasoned/dried. Tea tree oil derived from leaves and twigs well known for its antiseptic properties. Those qualities, as well as being native to Australia, make it a good choice for parrot perches. Keep in mind that the oil from this tree is very volatile and some people report it as an allergen.

Dragon Wood (Dracaena is a genus of 40 suqqulent trees and shrubs) –The dragon tree is a very slow-growing evergreen tree: it can take up to 10 years to grow a tree approximately 1 meter high, so its wood is very dense and hard. Exterior tree, spiky life and red resin probably responsible for its name. Most species are native to Africa, with a few in southern Asia and one in tropical Central America. The rock-hard wood of these trees makes it a good choice for bird perching and is easy to clean. Drago branches subtly curved, fairly straight and uniform in circumference compared to Manzanita.

Eucalyptus (very tough when properly seasoned/dried) makes an excellent hanger. Eucalyptus trees are the natural habitat of many birds and parrots. The wood from these trees is used in parrot perches and toys by quite a few pet companies, you can also find some parrot chew toys made from wood and eucalyptus leaves, which claim to be beneficial for your bird (due to the trace elements and minerals and oils , the leaves are also believed to help reduce inflammation). Perch from this tree may be beneficial for the health of parrots’ feet, as eucalyptus oil has antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

You can make a perch for your bird out of a fresh eucalyptus branch if you have it available, although it would not be as durable as the professionally seasoned/dried one, but on the other hand, if you have a constant supply, replace it as soon as the structure becomes weak.

vine wood – is a by-product of pruning old vines, appreciated for its natural appearance, attractive shape and excellent durability. It is a renewable resource and is best suited only in medium to low humidity environments, exactly as most human homes are. In humid or high humidity conditions, grape wood tends to develop fungus or mold easily. Many bird owners say their pets love the natural cracks and knots in wood. Sandblasted posts can be easily scrubbed.

Wood Island (Coffee) – After producing coffee for many years, coffee trees become unproductive and dormant. After those trees were removed from the ground, their branches were properly shaped and carved and used to make various applications: perches and supports for pets. It is usually debarked, sanded, and kiln-dried hardwood.

Little Apple poles prized for their hardness and unique shape. You can find it with the bark intact (red color) or sandblasted, as you prefer. Sandblasted Manzanita has a coarse surface texture and a clean, elegant presentation. Natural red manzanita has a smoother surface texture and a darker appearance, ranging from bright red to deep burgundy, depending on its age.

Wood Tape – Hardy shrubs and trees from New Zealand and Australia, whose inner bark produces a strong flax-like fiber. Several species belonging to 2 genera Plagianthus and Hoheria have the common name Ribbonwood with very similar descriptions. Perches made from this hardwood usually retain some of the inner bark that your bird can remove, providing hours of fun.

Rosewood – refers to any of a number of rich-toned woods, often brown with darker grains, but found in many different shades. All rosewoods are strong and heavy, have an excellent polish, and are a good choice for bird perches. True rosewoods belong to the Dalbergia genus. Most of the species originated in Brasilia, tropical America, Southeast Asia, Madagascar, and Africa.

yellow cow wood – refers to the wood of the tree cratoxylum cochinchinense – fairly common in semi-open areas and along forest margins in Burma (Myanmar), South China (Hainan, Hong Kong), Malay Peninsula, Indochina, Indonesia (Sumatra , Borneo), Thailand and Laos (Khammoan). The abundant supply makes this tree an excellent ecological option: this deciduous tree is one of the first trees in the forest to return. Other very good reasons to use it for bird perches are durability, hardness, flexibility, and good break resistance. The wood was considered lighter but harder than Manzanita wood.

crazy wood file – Perches are usually made from equatorial Lima wood roots, the natural irregular shape of this perch provides excellent exercise as a bird walk (it is often somewhat spiral in shape). Lima Root is an ultra hard wood known for its long durability. And with all its dips and curves, your bird is sure to get a workout!

* – All information provided is collective from many sources across the Internet, bird owners, breeders, and other public sources. It is provided solely as a convenience to you and does not represent any guarantees or promises. When in doubt, always contact your avian veterinarian and the manufacturer of the product in question.

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