There is no rule of thumb regarding bar spacing or cage size, but the bigger the cage, the better, particularly if the birds/parrots are imprisoned for extended periods of time.
|Size Category||Species/Breed||Cage Bar Spacing|
|Small Birds/Parrots||FinchesCanariesParroletsParakeetsLovebirdsBudgiesCockatielsSmall Conuressimilar sized birds||10mm – 16mm|
|Medium Birds/Parrots||ConuresLoriesSenegalsRing NeckscaiquesMini MacawsPionusQuakersSmall Cockatoossimilar sized birds||16mm – 20mm|
|Large Birds/Parrots||African greysAmazonsMacawsCockatoosToucansHyacinthAlexandrine ParakeetsCongosEclectussimilar size birds||20mm – 30mm|
*Stay with 10-13.5mm bar spacing for Finches and Canaries; 16mm is too big for certain Finches/Canaries if they are on the smaller side for their respective species.
When purchasing for a cage, keep the following points in mind:
The wider the bars, the better, as long as the space between them is tight enough to avoid damage to your bird if it attempts to escape.
The head of your bird should not be able to fit between the bars.
The door should be big enough for you to easily reach your hand through, capture the bird, bring it out, and place it back in its cage.
The latch/lock on the cage door must be escape-proof, since the bird will have plenty of time to find out how to open it.
If you purchase your bird from a pet store or bird specialty shop, the cage size they suggest will most likely be the minimal size for that species/breed of bird. A bigger cage will make your bird more happy and healthier.
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