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    Birds are exceptionally smart and emotionally sensitive creatures. Because of that, however, pet birds—especially the highly intelligent kinds—can get easily bored if they're not continually engaged.

    While keeping such intelligent animals constantly occupied seems like an impossible task, particularly when you're out of the house, there are a number of ways to keep your pet bird from boredom.


    Regular handling

    Taking several minutes out of each day to hold and handle your bird helps develop and maintain the bond that you have with them and can provide immense positive mental stimulation. Ask any bird owner—the happiest parrots are those who get to spend regular time with their people.

    Not only do most pet birds enjoy physical contact from their owners, but handling your bird every day will help you become more familiar with your bird's body and their body language. This will help in identifying any physical abnormalities and changes to personality that could signal illness or injury.


    Rotate the bird's toys

    Much like young children, birds get bored playing with the same old toys. Bird toys can be pricey though, so consider keeping a stash of several different types of toys and rotate them in and out of their bird's cage every couple of weeks. This way, your bird gets to play with "new" toys on a regular basis. You could even make up a batch of homemade bird toys but keep in mind that everything will end up being chewed on and should be safe.


    Teaching tricks

    Having a bird that responds and interacts to you is a delight. Any time that you spend working with your bird when teaching them a trick, plus the tasty treats that they will get as a reward for a job well done, provides plenty of stimulation for your pet. As your bird progresses, you can always add new tricks to help keep the process fresh. You'll also have a great time showing off how cute and smart your pet is.


    Play music or videos

    Birds are naturally interested in different sounds and noises, so leaving a radio or television on will help to keep them happy and comfortable while they are spending time in their cage.


    Provide plenty of food options and foraging opportunities

    Vary their diet. In the wild, parrots dine on a variety of different fruits, vegetables, seeds, berries, and nuts. It's no wonder, then, that they get bored in captivity eating the same pellets and seed mix day after day. Encourage their foraging behaviour at home by introducing and hiding new foods on a regular basis.

    In addition to keeping your bird happy and occupied, the variety to your bird's diet will give your bird's body a healthy boost of vitamins and nutrients. For extra fun and expanded options, cook up some homemade bird treats in your own kitchen and place them into paper that is easily shreddable or inside a pet puzzle and watch them work out how to get to it - it will be a mentally, long-term reward for them.

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