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What Are The Best Toys For Birds? [2020]

15 MARCH 2020

This article is written by Pet Circle veterinarian, Dr Carla Paszkowski BVSc

From canaries to cockatiels, birds make wonderful and intelligent pets. When it comes down to it, birds really are just curious, personality-filled, playful little clowns!

Providing an array of toys for your bird has many benefits. Not only a bird toys fun to play with, they are also important for your bird's mental wellbeing. Birds are natural problem-solvers with busy minds, which means that boredom is just as tortuous and mentally damaging for them as it is for us. Toys are particularly important if your bird is caged. (Note: we don't ever recommend an entirely caged existence for birds - part time only!)

We've collected a few of our most outrageously cute toys and accessories for birds, based on a few criteria:

1. Best Birdie Play Gym

2. Best Foraging Toy

3. Best Chew Toy

4. Best Mirror Toy

5. Best Bird Swing

6. Most Quirky Toys

7. Best Budget Toys

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1. Best Birdie Play Gym

Winner: Trixie Wooden Bird Playgrounds

Suitable for: Cockatiels, Budgies, Canaries, and Lovebirds

Because your bird should live eco-friendly too! Trixie's playgrounds provide fun, physically stimulating enrichment for your feathered friend. These natural wood play gyms allow your bird to play, exercise, and nibble to their heart's content. They are also light weight and easy to move around your house. Why not place next to a window so your birdie can perch and exercise while watching the world go by?

We particularly love Trixie's play gyms because they're made from natural hard wood materials. This means they are not only safe for chewing, but they're visually appealing and eco-friendly. If you're not a fan of brightly coloured plastic, these rustic wood products will make a wholesome addition to your home.

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2. Best Foraging Toys

Winner: Creative Foraging's Range of Puzzles

Suitable for: large birds including Macaws, African Greys, Cockatoos and Amazons.

Foraging is a natural instinct for birds, and helps keep them occupied and mentally stimulated. Providing your bird with safe toys that encourage problem-solving and foraging behaviour helps to fight boredom.

Creative Foraging produces a whole range of puzzle toys to exercise your bird's mind and encourage problem-solving. Our top picks from their range includes the Tug N Slide, the Generation II Wheel, and the 4 Corners Cage Mount. These foraging puzzle toy requires your bird to slide plates in order to move food through the chambers and retrieve their tasty snacks. In the Tug-N-Slide, once food has reached the bottom section, your clever bird can retrieve the food by pulling down on the leather strap.

From left: the 4 Corners Cage Mount, the Tug N Slide, and the Generation II Wheel

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3. Best Chew Toys

Winner: Super Bird Crinkle Strip Toys

Suitable for: small birds like Canaries, Budgies, Cockatiels and Budgies

Your bird will love to chew, nibble, and tear at these crinkly toys! Anyone familiar with the feeling of having your earring nibbled at will know that chewing is a natural instinct for birds. It is particularly strong during the breeding season when birds will naturally create nests. Providing your bird with safe, destructible toys to chew on helps to fight boredom and keep them mentally and physically stimulated.

Super Bird's range of crinkle toys contain destructable cardboard and crinkle strips, with fun touches like a mini rubber duck or nickel bells. All materials are safe and non-toxic. Our favourites from their range includes the Duck Hunt, the Activity Wall, and the Crinkle Crinkle Little Star. The Activity Wall is from fun and safe to chew sea grass matting with safe, non toxic toys attached.

From left: Super Bird Duck Hunt, Activity Wall, and Crinkle Crinkle Little Star

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4. Best Mirror Toys

Winners: JW Insight Fun House Mirror and Kazoo Natural Perch Wooden Mirror.

Suitable for: small and medium birds like Budgies, Cockatiels, Budgies, Conures, and Ringnecks

Mirror, mirror, on the wall... Birds are social creatures, which means they love having a 'friend' for company. As sad as it sounds, providing a mirror is an easy way to create a 'playmate' for your birdie. Most species of birds aren't mentally able to recognise their own reflection, so mirrors effectively provide a pal for them to interact with. Please note: if housing your bird by themselves, you are their 'mate' and need to provide abundant attention and companionship to them. A mirror should only be provided as a supplement to this. The

JW Insight Fun House Mirror provides three mirrors side by side for extra 'friends'! Your birdie will think they've hit the jackpot with 3 pretty birdies to chat to. And the Kazoo Natural Wooden Perch with Mirror provides an extra perch - a perfect little vanity from which to admire themselves!

From left: JW Insight Fun House Mirror, Kazoo Mirror With Wooden Perch, and Kazoo Round Mirror with Bell.

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5. Best Swing Toys

Winners: Birdie Block Swing with Bells, Super Bird Flying Trapeze Swing, and Kazoo Natural Wooden D-Swing

Suitable for: small and medium birds like Budgies, Cockatiels, Budgies, Conures, and Ringnecks

Swings provide a fun and entertaining perch from which to play, nibble, and survey their 'kingdom'. Many birds enjoy being little acrobats when provided with a swing, and it can be a whole lot of fun to watch!

The Birdie Medium Block Swing is brightly coloured and contains multiple different shaped blocks, as well as 3 different textures: wood, rope, and metal bells. Your bird will love swinging, nibbling, climbing, and making 'music' with this interactive toy.

For larger birds, the Super Bird Flying Trapeze Swing is a fun and flamboyant toy sure to keep the most playful birds happy and enetertained.

For those who prefer something a little more minimalist and simple, the Kazoo D Swing is made from neutral wood, and is sure to fit in

From left: Birdie Swing with Bells, Super Bird Flying Trapeze Swing, and Kazoo Natural D-Swing.

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6. Most Quirky Toys

Winners: Kazoo Sneakers and Dice, JW Bowling Set, and Basketball Hoop

Suitable for: small to large birds depending on the product and size selected

We're not sure why exactly, but it's oh so satisfying and hilarious watching your bird use proportionately sized mini human things! You'll feel like you have a doll house again, filling your bird's cage with ridiculously cute objects like these. And plus, think of the Instagram potential!

Watch your dunking hoops with the JW Basketball Hoop, or bowling a strike with the Bowling Set. And enjoy them bat and play around with the mini nigh-top sneakers in the Kazoo Toy with Sneakers and Dice.

From left: Kazoo Sneakers and Dice, the JW Bowling Set, and the Birdie Basketball.

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7. Best Budget Toys

Winners: Kazoo Mirror Set, JW Insight Fork, Knife and Spoon, and Super Bird Star Gazer.

All priced under $10, these fun and fabulous toys will make an affordable addition to your bird's cage.

We love them because they each offer excellent value. The Kazoo Mirror Set in particular offers 3 toys in one - a triple ring hanger, a mirror box, and a triple ball hanger. The JW Fork, Knife and Spoon is just adorable, with multiple different textures and materials for your bird to enjoy nibbling on. And the Star Gazer is one of the most affordable items from premium brand Super Bird, who create toys designed to mentally stimulate and entertain your bird.