There’s an innate elegance in the way our pet birds sleep. Most have a tendency to tuck their head in their wings while some have that amazing way in which they are able to do it while being upright, as if in a meditative stance.
Even the image of lovebirds leaning on each other with their beaks propping together has become a universal symbol of intimacy and affection.
As pet owners, you would probably agree that if there is something that we love about our pet birds, one of them is the way they sleep.
Indeed, “How do birds sleep?” is possibly one of the most fascinating questions that has been asked by people since they started treating birds as pets.
Have you ever wondered why and how your pet parrot, for instance, gets its much-needed forty winks?
For instance, did you know that the way your pet bird sleeps completely differs from the ones in other households?
Even if that’s the case, though, most experts advise bird owners to ensure that their pet parrots, regardless of species, get as much as ten hours of sleep on a daily basis.
Anything less could be labelled as sleep deprivation already and may not be ideal for your pet’s health in the long run.
This strict adherence to a sleeping pattern stems from parrots’ instinct to follow daylight and nighttime patterns. Since most species come from the Equator, where there is an average of 10-11 hours of darkness, pet parrots typically follow this.
This is why in most households where there are numerous birds to take care of, pet owners take the time to establish a sleep schedule for their pets.
They do this by utilizing timers that automatically turn the lights off or on in the room where the birds usually hang out.
How to Make Sure that Your Pet Parrot is Getting Enough Sleep
Experts suggest buying a separate “sleeping cage” for your pet parrot. This is because some parrots may not find it comfortable to sleep in a room or cage that is too large or bright for them.
Some birds prefer to sleep in their own cage. A parrot doesn’t view its cage as a “prison”, after all, but like humans, actually regards it as a room where it can have optimum privacy and, of course, dozing time.
Only cover your bird’s sleeping cage if it needs it. This is because some parrots can make do without having their cage shrouded in darkness with a piece of cloth.
If you decide to cover it, though, make sure that it’s a cover that’s safe for your parrot. Make sure that it doesn’t have strings that would get caught to its beak or toenails.
Never Take Your Parrots’ Sleep for Granted
It certainly wouldn’t hurt to formulate a sleeping schedule for your parrot, based on her preferred sleeping pattern. And make it a point to stick to it as often as possible.
This is because some parrots have a tendency to become insistent and aggressive once they deviate in the slightest bit from their sleeping habit.
Take note that parrots who are sleep-deprived usually exhibit excessive fear, grumpiness, while some even resort to constantly ruffling and plucking out their feathers.
This is why if your parrot is old enough to be able to put herself to sleep, don’t interfere too much with her impulses.