If you own or have ever owned a parrot, you’ll know how much they love to chew. This chewing is nothing to worry about and is a normal and healthy part of their natural routine. A parrot’s strong beak can quickly make short work of almost any soft toy, especially larger parrots like Macaws.
The average parrot bite can exert between 300-400 PSI of force. To put this into perspective, the average human bite is around 162 PSI. This is why parrots can so easily crack their way through nuts and seeds (and toys!) that we cannot. This biting is an innate instinct and keeps their beaks healthy and strong. This is why in captivity, a good-quality parrot toy is an essential accessory for your feathered friend.
There are a wide variety of parrot toys on the market, and finding the right one can be a difficult task. That’s why we’ve put together this list of in-depth reviews, to help you narrow down the options and find the best parrot toy to suit your (and your parrot’s) needs.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
The 10 Best Parrot Toys — Reviews 2020
1. Super Bird Creations 4 Way Play Bird Toy — Best Overall
The 4 Way Play Bird Toy from Super Bird Creations is our top pick overall for the best parrot toy. It has everything your feathered companion will need to beat boredom and will help provide the necessary mental and physical stimulation. It features a wide array of colorful wooden blocks, ropes, and beads, all attached to a strong PVC core. The toy is hung from the cage so your parrot can climb around on it and choose its favorite part to chew on. All the included materials are completely bird-safe, so you can rest assured that your precious bird is not ingesting any harmful chemicals or plastics. It has a variety of colors and textures that will keep your feathered buddy entertained for hours and is easily installed via a heavy-duty chain.
While this toy is ideal for small parrots or medium birds with small beaks, an African Grey, Macaw, or similar large-sized bird will make short work of it. Parrots with large beaks will likely chew this toy up in a matter of days.
2. Planet Pleasures Pineapple Foraging Bird Toy — Best Value
The Pineapple Foraging Bird Toy from Planet Pleasures is the best parrot toy for the money. It is a highly affordable toy made from all-natural materials, so you don’t need to worry about your parrot ingesting any toxic materials. The toy is designed with small spaces to hide treats in, which will encourage your parrot to forage, and alleviate boredom and anxiety. This toy is 100% natural and handmade and has fibrous materials that are perfect for conditioning your parrot’s beak and will help keep it healthy.
While this toy is inexpensive, it will not last that long. Even smaller parrots will shred it up quickly, and a bigger parrot will tear it up in a matter of hours. This lack of durability keeps it from our top position.
3. Penn-Plax Birds Wood Playpen — Premium Choice
This wood playpen from Penn-Plax is an all-in-one gym for birds. It will provide both exercise and entertainment for small to medium-sized parrots, with 100% cotton ropes, colorful wooden benches, ladder swings, copper bells, and acrylic toys. It is simple to assemble and can be placed on top of your parrot’s cage to keep it entertained for hours. All the assembly components and the included glue are non-toxic, so you can rest assured that your parrot will be safe when chewing or biting this toy. It has a sturdy construction and large surface area that is suitable for bigger sized birds.
Several users report that the included glue is not strong enough, and you’ll probably have to use a stronger brand to keep the parts together. The parts are reported to be mismatched in some cases, with many of the hole inserts not correctly lining up. This means you may have to do a bit of improvising to put it together properly. This frustrating aspect keeps it from the top two positions on our list.
4. Super Bird Creations Flying Trapeze Bird Toy
The Flying Trapeze from Super Bird creations is a hanging bird toy, which is easily installed inside your parrot’s cage. It has a non-toxic mat made from natural seagrass and is suspended by colorful chains. There are a variety of colorful beads, links, and balls hanging from the chains to provide your parrot with hours of swinging entertainment. The hanging design will also encourage coordination and balancing skills, as well as play, foraging, and exploration habits.
While the perching mat is made from natural ingredients, your parrot’s strong beak can easily rip it up. Also, the chain links and various toys are made from plastic, which is harmful for your parrot to ingest.
5. JW Pet Hol-ee Roller Bird Toy
This simple toy from JW Pet is a spherical toy with holes that can be filled with bits of wood, paper, or treats. It will give your parrot mental stimulation and entertainment as it tries to pull the various pieces out. There is also a tiny bell inside. The toy itself is made from 100% natural rubber with a strong metal chain, making it fairly chew-proof. It is easy to install into your parrot’s cage via the metal chain attachment.
While the ball’s rubber construction is fine for small parrots, a larger parrot’s strong beak will easily rip through the rubber, trying to get at what’s hidden inside.
6. Bonka Bird Toys Foraging Star Bird Toy
The Foraging Star Bird Toy from Bonka Bird is a colorful ball stuffed with visually appealing and brightly colored crinkly paper. The ball is surrounded by wooden stars that will satisfy your parrot’s instinctual urge to chew and bite, and help their balance and coordination skills. You can hide various treats inside the ball, and your parrot will love ripping and pulling on the paper to get at the hidden treats. This ripping and tearing will appeal to its natural foraging instincts. It comes with a metal quick link for easy installation and is constructed with bird-safe materials.
This toy is large, and while it is ideal for bigger parrots, smaller birds may be afraid of it and will not be able to retrieve any of the hidden treats.
7. Prevue Pet Rope Ladder Bird Toy
This wooden ladder toy from Prevue Pet is a simple parrot toy made from all-natural materials. The ladders rungs are made from eco-friendly Hevea wood branches, and they are joined by natural and bird-safe sisal rope. The ladder is easily attached to your parrot’s cage with a metal quick-link and is 20 inches long and 3 inches wide. It will provide mental stimulation from the challenge of climbing, and the irregular shape will give your feathered friend valuable foot exercise.
This ladder is fairly small, with closely spaced rungs, so it is not ideal for large parrots. It also does not offer much variety to keep your parrot entertained and is not ideal as a standalone toy.
8. Kaytee Forage-N-Play Ladder Bird Toy
The Forage-N-Play Ladder from Kaytee is a ladder toy, filled with colorful toys and varying textures attached throughout its length. These toys will encourage your parrot’s natural foraging and exploration instincts, and the ladder will provide valuable exercise, balance, and coordination skills. It includes a wide variety of textures, including wood and shredding paper, that will keep your parrot entertained for hours. The ladder measures 26 inches long and 5 inches wide.
Several uses report that this toy broke quickly, as it is poorly constructed. Some also noticed exposed glue leaks on the toy, which can be harmful for your parrot. It is also too small for large parrots to safely climb on.
9. JW Pet Activitoy Birdie Basketball Toy
This inexpensive basketball toy from JW Pet is an interactive parrot toy that is colorful and engaging and will allow your parrot to keep busy shooting hoops! It has a reflective backboard that will keep your parrot engaged mentally and physically as it attempts to get the ball through the hoop. The ball is attached with a small metal chain to prevent it from getting lost, and the board attaches easily to your parrot’s metal cage.
However, a large parrot will easily rip the small plastic ball off the chain and likely crush it with its strong beak. The plastic construction is also not safe for your parrot if it decides to ingest it.
10. Bonka Bird Toys Helix Bird Toy
This parrot toy from Bonka Bird is a natural vine ladder, incorporating a variety of textures, shapes, and colors, including beads and foam spacers. It measures 10 inches high and 5 inches wide and comes with a metal quick link for easy installation. The toy is ideal for small to medium-sized birds and is made in the U.S.A.
Even a medium-sized bird will tear this toy up in no time, and the included plastic and foam materials are not safe for your parrot to ingest. It is not suitable for big parrots because it is too small, and several users reported that older parrots would not play with it.
Your parrot will benefit greatly from the right type of toy, as it can provide your parrot with essential exercise and mental stimulation, as well as satisfy its chewing and foraging instincts. That said, not all parrot toys are made equal. Different toys will fulfill different needs for your feathered friend, and there are a few factors to take into consideration before you purchase one.
The materials used to make your parrots toy are arguably the most important factor to consider. They need to be bird-safe and made from the most durable materials possible. Metal, rope, and wood are the best options, as your parrot cannot chew through metal, and wood is a safe material for it to chew on. Any plastic or foam materials are not recommended, especially for larger birds, as they can easily chew them up and potentially ingest them.
While some parrot toys are made to fulfill a specific purpose, like ladders or perches, the best toys have a wide variety of textures, colors, and materials. These types of toys will provide more stimulation for your parrot and will save you space in your parrots’ cage, as you won’t need multiple types of toys. Common types of toys are the following.
These toys are available in many different forms, and the best types are combinations of toys. For example, there are ladder toys with chewable attachments along its length or puzzle toys with chewable and shreddable components attached.
A final consideration is the size of the toy and the size of your parrot’s cage. The toy should fit comfortably inside your parrot’s enclosure, while still leaving adequate free space. The toy should also be designed specifically for the size of parrot that you own. Big toys may scare small birds into not using them, and a small toy given to a large bird will be swiftly torn to pieces.
According to our tests, our top choice for the best parrot toy is the 4 Way Play Bird Toy from Super Bird Creations. It features a wide array of colorful bird-safe wooden blocks, ropes, and beads and is hung easily from the cage via a heavy-duty chain. Your feathered friend will love the different textures and colors.
The best parrot toy for the money is the Pineapple Foraging Bird Toy from Planet Pleasures. It is made from all-natural materials designed with small spaces to hide treats in and fibrous materials that are perfect for conditioning your parrot’s beak and help keep it strong and healthy.
It can be difficult to find the right toy for your feathered friend, so hopefully, we’ve helped you narrow down the options with our in-depth reviews, so you can find the best parrot toy to suit your pet’s unique needs.
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