First Flight Exotic Birds

Kokomo Says

You can help keep a mature parrot more mentally and physically active as they get older by playing fun games with them. A mature parrot is harder to challenge than a juvenile. The games they play with you can be the highlight of a mature parrot?s day.

Laughter is an essential ingredient to effective playtime. Another essential ingredient is praise. Parrots love to hear us laugh. Some parrots even laugh with us. A parrot that learns to laugh will sometimes call their owners to play with them by laughing. The sound of a parrot laughing is music to a parrot lover?s ears.

Repeatedly playing a game with your parrot results in the bird developing a skill set for that game. He learns to excel at playing that game. Find actions that your parrot excels in performing and provide him with opportunities to perfect these skills. Your reward will be a happy, well-adjusted companion.

The following is a list and description of some interactive games you can play with your bird. Remember that laughter is important for a happy bird, so for maximum results, laugh a lot when you play these games with your bird:

    1. Toss, Fetch and Catch - which are variations of games which use a soft, lightweight object such as a Koosh ball or soft stuffed toy. Either you or the bird tosses it and the other one catches it. Many birds love the ball even if they never learn to toss. When you toss the ball back to the bird, do it gently and have it land a few inches to the side of the bird.
    2. Place birdy items in a drawer the bird can get into. Like your clean sock drawer. Hide surprises in the drawer like walnuts and new foot toys and let the birdy find them. A box may be substituted.
    3. Singing games, like Itsy Bitsy Spider, BINGO, When you?re Up, etc. You want to raise the bird high in some song parts or swing them in other song parts; whatever the bird likes best to make the game fun. Play Bat Bird, lay on your back and hold your bird in the air singing batman.
    4. Flying through the air games with the bird on your hand. You steady the bird and take it through the house and play airplane or roller coaster. Just go easy so you don?t make the bird ill.
    5. Pick up - the bird tosses something off and you either laugh or say, ?Uh Oh? and pick up the item over and over and over.
    6. ?I can do that too? game. The bird does something like stretch and you imitate him and then you do something like raise your arm and see if he will learn to imitate you.
    7. Blink. You blink, they blink.
    8. Peek a boo. Use a towel, a blanket or a cat tunnel. Gently cover the bird and lift the corner to show the bird?s head saying ?Peek a boo.?
    9. Read them children?s books for entertainment, like pop-up books and musical books, and also try to teach them colors, shapes and parts of their body.
    10. Teach them to lay on their back in your lap. Then you can tickle their tummies and give them little toys to fight with upside down.
    11. ?Horsey is gonna get you,? Tap your nails on the surface and walk your fingers toward the bird saying the above and tickle their tummy or chest.
    12. Get on the floor or on your bed with your bird and play with them. Take toys and even a box of soda straws and let them dump them and play with them while you play too. Just about every activity you do with them on the floor, even watching television together down there, is interactive and special to the bird.
    13. Foot play, a wonderful game you can do together. The bird offers its foot and you shake and set it back and try to teach the bird different things to do with the foot like wave and kiss the footie.
    14. Take your parrot outside in your arms on a harness and leash. While outside, play word games with your parrot. Parrots are attentive outside.
    15. Make a Mess games. Some parrots love to shred and tear paper. Get some tissue paper for both of you. Rip yours and play with your bird. The bigger the mess, the more fun the parrot is having.
    16. Watch for opportunities to make a game from the things you do together.

We are serious adults in a serious world. Playtime with our parrots is something that is hard for many of us at the beginning. We simply have not played in years. It is worth your time in the reward to your parrot?s happiness. Bonding with their human, entertainment for both of you and intellectual challenge to the parrot are some benefits to be gained from playing interactively with your parrot. It just might lower your blood pressure and give you a better outlook too, so have fun with your parrot and praise him/her.