Perching fitted inside of bird cages is often overlooked

Birds should be able to both move around the cage freely and of course exercise their wings.

Suitable perching should be chosen and placed within the cage in a way that allows free movement at all height levels in the cage from the top to the bottom. Natural ‘branch’ type perching is advised as this will provide a strong and stable foot hold whilst also exercising the feet and legs. Uniform plastic or wooden dowel type perching is not advised.

Perches should be placed so that the bird can sit directly under the bird lamp, with the top-most perch being placed so that the birds head and the lamp have the optimum safe distance.

Placing perches within the lower reaches of the cage will allow the bird or birds to self-regulate their exposure to light by finding a graduation of illumination from ‘high’ to ‘shade’.