Parrots delight in foraging bird toys because these intelligent creatures have a natural innate need to use foraging techniques to gather their food. After all, that is exactly what wild parrots do for several hours a day.
Jungle and woodland parrots forage for hours throughout the day. This means that they rely on their problem-solving skills and a fit body to obtain their food.
Wild parrots dig for bugs, roots, embryonic plants and seeds. They claw through dirt, crack open various nuts and seed pods and climb through trees to get their food. They’ve got to search out food and water resources all day long! Foraging requires a lot of smarts, while keeping the body in good condition.
What Does This Mean for Pet Parrots?
Obviously your parrot can't fly to remote areas to obtain all of the food sources that we described above. And, why would he have to? He's got a bowl full of food right in front of him. While that is all good and dandy, it makes for a very bored and understimulated bird. There has been massive amounts of research within the last ten years about how to offer parrots at least some of the foraging enrichment that they might obtain in the wild. This is where foraging bird toys come in.
What are Bird Foraging Toys?
Foraging bird toys require that a captive bird use its intellect in order to gain access to desired food. Bird foraging toys may feature compartments that a bird must figure out how to open to get food. More advanced toys require a two or even three step problem solving process.
While it is impossible to simulate natural foraging, some foraging bird toys require a bird to dig through substrate such as palm leaves, crinkled paper or nut shells to find treats. Foraging bird toys can also simulate nature where a bird must problem solve and use its feet, beak and muscles to get dinner.
Some of the popular foraging toys available for birds will generally require some problem solving strategies, such as untying knots, manipulating screws or moving pieces so that treats fall through a special hole. Birds may need to chew through wood, too. We've even seen captivating video's birds using tools get food out of hidden places or bird puzzles.
Pet Birds just need to forage! The inability to forage causes a bird boredom and anxiety. Birds develop "problem behaviors" such as feather picking, aggression and screaming habits to manage anxiety.
So, do your bird a favor. Browse our foraging bird toys and pick out a couple for your birds mental health and physical health today. Watch the birds in the video below work at getting a treat from these bird puzzle toys offered by Paradise Bird Toys!