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The 10 Best Bird Toys

Toys are one of those items that pet owners frequently overspend on. This is especially true for those who own birds. Birds are destructive little creatures that can quickly destroy any toy that enters their environment.

While spending money on toys that your bird will destroy may seem pointless, it is an unavoidable part of bird ownership. Enrichment is necessary for your pet's happiness and health, as well as to prevent unwanted destructive behaviors.

There are numerous bird toys on the market, but not all of them are appropriate for all species. Some of them are even poisonous or dangerous!

BestForPets (bestforpets.org) has compiled a list of the best bird toys to consider as you start your search, so keep reading to read our reviews and learn more about the best toys for your pet.

Reviews

Crinkle Crinkle Little Star by Super Bird Creations

The best overall bird toy available today is this colorful chew toy from Super Bird Creations. This toy is made in the United States of America from bird-safe materials, so you can rest assured that it will not harm your precious feathered friend.

The toy is made of natural vine material, colorful beads that will catch the attention of your bird, and bird-safe hardware.

It also has a crinkly shreddable material that your bird will enjoy pulling and preening on. This toy is best suited for smaller birds such as cockatiels, lovebirds, and parakeets.

The toy may be a little smaller than expected, so make sure to measure it before ordering.

Pros

  • Made from bird-friendly materials
  • Made in the United States
  • Colorful and appealing
  • It’s enjoyable to extract shredded material.

Cons

  • The toy is quite small.

 

Rainbow Bridge by Super Bird Creations

We understand how expensive it can be to keep your bird’s toys stocked, but if you’re looking for the best bird toy for the money, this rainbow bridge is an excellent choice.

Because this inexpensive toy is specifically designed for perching and chewing, it is made of the highest quality bird-safe materials. It can satisfy your bird’s instinctive need to chew while also keeping it mentally stimulated and enriching its environment enough to prevent boredom.

The toy can be positioned vertically or horizontally, allowing you to quickly determine which orientation your pet prefers. Smaller birds, such as cockatiels, lovebirds, and parrotlets, should use it.

If your bird is particularly destructive, you may want to choose another toy because there have been reports that powerful (and determined) Beaks can easily break the bridge.

Pros

  • satisfies the desire to chew
  • Affordably priced
  • It is possible to hang it vertically or horizontally.

Cons

  • It may not be able to withstand destructive birds.

 

Foraging Toys by SunGrow

SunGrow’s climbing ladder and foraging toy is our top bird toy pick. This interactive wall toy will allow your bird to practice instinctual behaviors. It has a natural seagrass base that is both fun to climb and strong enough to withstand constant pecking and chewing.

The colorful attached blocks are appealing and encourage exploration. Tuck your bird’s favorite treats into the mat holes to test its foraging abilities and problem-solving abilities.

Because your pet will happily chew on this toy, you may discover that it can even prevent unwanted destructive behaviors.

This is a fairly large toy at 13.75 inches, so make sure it fits perfectly in your cage.

Pros

  • Encourages the development of problem-solving abilities.
  • Encourages foraging
  • Colors that catch the eye
  • Materials that are tough

Cons

  • It may be too big for smaller cages.

 

Bagel Cascade by Super Bird Creations

This Bagel Cascade toy is ideal for chewing birds and can even promote beak health. It is made up of four strands of plastic links that hang from a strong PVC core. To encourage healthy pecking and chewing, cardboard “bagels” are hung from the links.

If your bird destroys the bagels that come with the toy, you can replace them separately to keep the toy in pristine condition.

The materials are all bird-safe, and your pet is welcome to climb and perch on top. It is ideal for larger birds such as African Greys, mini Macaws, and Amazons.

The plastic links may not last as long as they should if your bird is particularly destructive.

Pros

  • Excellent for larger birds.
  • Bagel refills are available.
  • Encourages proper chewing
  • Materials that are safe for birds

Cons

  • It may not be able to withstand aggressive chewers.

 

Foraging Blocks by SunGrow

Because birds have an instinctual need to forage, this Sungro toy will provide your pet with the mental and physical stimulation it requires to thrive. It comes in a variety of shapes and colors to keep your bird’s attention.

The toy is made entirely of natural materials, such as wooden blocks and cotton rope. The various textures will encourage your bird to investigate the toy more thoroughly, keeping it interested and occupied in a safe and healthy way.

This item is ideal for birds such as Macaws, Parrots, and Cockatoos. If your bird is particularly destructive, as with the other toys on our list, this may not be the best option.

Pros

  • Promote foraging
  • Materials that are entirely natural
  • Colorful
  • Various textures

Cons

  • Not for aggressive birds.

 

Spiked Planet Pleasures Piata

If your medium-sized bird is frequently stressed or nervous, the Spiked Piata toy is an excellent choice. The shreddable materials are excellent for distraction and anxiety relief, while the fibrous plant materials are excellent for conditioning your bird’s beak.

Keeping its beak in good condition can help prevent overgrowth and the need for trimming. This vibrant toy has a variety of interesting textures that your bird will enjoy exploring.

Finches, cockatiels, parrots, and lovebirds benefit the most from this product. Some customers reported that their birds were terrified of this toy and refused to play with it.

Pros

  • Can alleviate anxiety and stress
  • Plant-based materials
  • A variety of textures
  • Excellent for beak conditioning.

Cons

  • Some birds may be scared.

 

Pineapple Planet Pleasures

Planet Pleasures’ 100% natural pineapple toy is made from materials found in your bird’s natural habitat. It has shreddable material that your pet may find helpful in relieving stress or separation anxiety.

The fibrous materials in the pineapple “spikes” can help prevent beak overgrowth, and the hiding spots between the pineapple “spikes” are ideal for encouraging foraging. To get your bird interested in foraging, try hiding his or her favorite treats between the spikes.

This toy is available in a variety of sizes, making it suitable for birds of all species; check the measurements before purchasing.

Some birds may find the spikes too sharp to be comfortable foraging near.

Pros

  • Excellent for all bird sizes.
  • Materials that can be shred
  • Ideal for foraging

Cons

  • Some birds may be scared of spikes.

 

Spoon Delight by Bonka Bird Toys

If your bird is a wrecking ball, you’ll need a toy that can withstand its destructive behavior. This tough toy is made of acrylic rings and stainless spoons and is ideal for destructive birds.

This toy can be hung in two ways: straight down or with both ends attached to the cage. The toy is colorful and appealing, which will keep your bird interested and engaged during playtime.

It is made in the United States of America from bird-safe materials, so you don’t have to worry about it harming your pet.

However, be aware that the toy can be quite loud while your bird is playing with it. The spoons clang together, which can be quite irritating.

Pros

  • Various ways to hang
  • Colorful and eye-catching
  • Made in the United States
  • Extremely long-lasting

Cons

  • Can be quite loud

 

Pinwheel Super Bird Creations

This Super Bird Creations Pinwheel toy is made in the USA with only the highest quality bird-safe materials. It is an excellent choice for satisfying your pet’s natural desire to preen and pull.

This toy will also provide your bird with plenty of opportunities for paper pulling and crunching. It has finger traps filled with crinkle paper and a cute pinwheel that can be chewed.

This toy is best for medium-sized birds such as Senegals, Conures, Caique, and Quakers. Birds that are particularly determined can make quick work of the crinkled paper.

Pros

  • Colorful
  • Materials that are safe for birds
  • Preening and pulling requirements are met.

Cons

  • Paper is very easy to remove.

 

Mini Bonka Bird Sneaker

Bonka Bird Toys’ adorable mini sneaker toy is an excellent choice for birds who prefer foraging toys. Fill the sneaker with your pet’s favorite materials, such as crinkled paper or treats, to promote healthy and safe foraging.

The toy is made of a variety of bird-safe materials with varying textures, including rubber and canvas. It is made in the United States and is ideal for medium-sized birds such as conures, canaries, and cockatiels.

The size of this item has received conflicting reports. We learned from the manufacturer that the dimensions are 3 x 1.5 x 1.25 inches. Six sneakers in randomly selected colors are included in the package.

Pros

  • Toy for foraging
  • Different textures
  • Made in the United States

Cons

  • I’m unable to select a sneaker color.

Conclusion

For the best bird toys, BestForPets (bestforpets.org) pick the Crinkle Crinkle Little Star by Super Bird Creations because its bright colors encourage curiosity and its credibility encourages foraging.

The Rainbow Bridge from the same brand is the best value toy because it is inexpensive, versatile in hanging options, and satisfying to chew.

Buyer's Guide

Because birds are destructive little creatures, you may find yourself constantly on the lookout for toys for them.

Let’s take a closer look at the factors you should consider before purchasing a new bird toy.

Size

One of the most important factors to consider is the size of the toy. You don’t want to buy a toy that is either (A) too small or too large for your bird’s species or (B) too small or too large for the cage.

Every toy we discussed above is transparent about its dimensions, so you can take the necessary measurements to ensure it will fit your bird and its cage. You can also check the recommended breed size to see if it will fit your pet.

Purpose

Bird toys are not only intended to entertain your bird, but also to provide physical and mental stimulation.

Foraging and problem-solving games provide both physical and mental stimulation. They present your bird with a problem and allow them to solve it.

When you hide treats in the nooks and crannies of your bird’s favorite foraging toy, for example, they must find a way to retrieve the treat.

Exercise toys, such as swings or climbing ropes, allow your pet to explore its cage in new ways. They promote physical activity and can improve both mental and physical health.

Chew toys provide a healthy way for your bird to keep its beak in good shape and practice its instinctual habits. Because these toys are meant to be destroyed, let your bird have at it.

Foot toys are small toys that your bird can pick up with his or her feet. Many owners put these in the cage’s bottom. They are excellent for developing food dexterity, which is important because your bird spends the majority of its time on its feet.

Materials

Another important factor to consider is the material, as your bird is likely to chew or eat its toys. You don’t want anything made of toxic materials in the cage, especially if you know the toy will end up in your bird’s mouth at some point.

Materials that are safe for birds to play with include:

  • Pine
  • Balsa
  • Birch
  • Ropes made entirely of natural fibers (cotton, hemp)
  • 316L stainless steel
  • Nickel-plated or zinc-free chain
  • Acrylic
  • Leather tanned with vegetables
  • Bells (with non-removable clapper) (with non-removable clapper)

The following are examples of hazardous materials:

  • Oak
  • Cedar
  • Cherry red
  • Wood that has been treated
  • Nylon cord
  • Chain with a zinc coating
  • Leather that has been dyed

Why Do You Need to Buy Bird Toys?

Every bird owner is aware of how destructive their avian relatives can be. It can feel like you’re constantly buying new toys to replace the ones your bird has destroyed. While buying new toys on a regular basis can be aggravating, it is in your bird’s best interest.

Birds are supposed to be wild and free creatures with access to the entire world. Companion birds do not have this luxury, so you must be a responsible pet owner and try to emulate your pet’s natural habitat as much as possible while satisfying its instinctual urges.

Birds are brilliant, and if they do not get enough mental stimulation, they will go insane. Toys keep your pet happy and healthy while discouraging destructive behaviors such as aggressive chewing or feather plucking.

When new toys enter your bird’s environment, its natural curiosity will be piqued, providing the enrichment it requires to avoid bad behavior.

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Dr. Deborah Fletcher

Deborah R. Fletcher, DVM, is a skilled veterinarian with more than 15 years of experience dealing with companion and exotic animals. She has experience caring for a variety of animals, including household cats and dogs, reptiles, birds of prey, and even primates. Dr. Fletcher is a valuable part of the BestForPets team, where she contributes to their aim of providing pets and their owners with the finest possible treatment and services.

Veterinarian (DVM) Dr. Deborah Fletcher

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