do pet birds get cold

Do parrots tolerate cold weather? What’s the ideal temperature for your pet parrot and how do you know if it’s ill? Read on to find out…

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Signs your parrot might be cold

Dr. Sophie Bell notes that if a parrot is feeling cold, they might show signs of increased appetite. This helps increase their metabolism, and maintain body temperature. Eventually though, their appetite will reduce.

If your parrot is shivering, squatting to cover its legs in feathers, fluffing up its feathers, or burying its beak into its chest, it may be cold. A chilly bird may also become listless and lose its appetite.

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Can parrots live in cold weather?

Companion parrots do not tolerate cold weather very well.

Pet parrots are acclimated to the temperature in which they were raised, but some wild parrots have adapted to colder wintertime temperatures. It is improbable that a parrot kept indoors would fare well outdoors during the winter.

Furthermore, since most pet parrots are biologically acclimated to warmer climates—their ancestors originated in regions like South America and Africa— indicating that they have a lower propensity to tolerate the cold

The argument put forth by owners of parrots housed in outdoor aviaries is that the birds can survive the winter months if they have been gradually acclimated to the lower temperatures through brief but frequent exposures.

Nonetheless, during the winter months, it is usually safer to make sure your birds are warm indoors.

Ideal temperature for parrots

Dr. Sophie Bell states that birds should be kept in a temperature range of 18 to 22 degrees Celsius. Although parrots can withstand anything up to 29 degrees.

For your bird, any temperature below 4 degrees Celsius could be dangerous. Plumper birds might experience heat stress above 30 degrees Celsius.

Because parrots like consistent temperatures, it’s a good idea to keep your home’s temperature at or near that level day and night.


What temperature is too cold for pet birds?

They should at least come inside at night or when it’s below 60 degrees. Forty-degree temps are too dangerous.” But if you happen to be caring for wild parakeets or if your bird enjoys a supervised daily dip, the outdoor birdbath de-icer with a built-in thermostat will ensure your birdbath never freezes over.

How do I keep my pet bird warm?

Bird owners should definitely have a cage cover on hand. Covering the cage at night will help keep birds cozy. Some birds enjoy snugglies and snoozies to help keep them warm at night. Heat lamps can be used, and infrared bulbs will create a glow that does not interfere with the bird’s sleep cycle.

Do birds need to stay warm?

Just like people, birds shiver to stay warm. Birds have much higher metabolic rates and burn more energy to stay warm than we do. Black-capped chickadees weigh less than half an ounce and can maintain a body temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit – even when the air is 0 degrees!