Brown Headed Parrot Care Sheet

Shopping list.

  • Suitable Cage
  • Water and food pots
  • Perches ( different diameters)
  • Food
  • Toys
  • book
  • Mineral block
  • Cage cover/ nest
  • Bath
  • Sand sheets
  • Grit
  • Cuttlefish
  • Pet safe disinfectant

Brown headed parrots are very similar to the Senegal and Meyer’s parrot. They tend to be fairly quite. There vocabulary generally consists of clicks, beeps, squeaks and whistles rather than squawks and screams. Keep in mind ‘quiet’ is a relative term: those beeps and squeek’s can be very high pitched. Brown heads are so-so talkers. Many will learn a few words and phrases and some will not. Brown headed parrots are green in colour with a grey/brown head and yellow underneath the wings.

A single bird will require a lot of attention and stimulation as they are easily bored and frustrated (common cause of feather plucking) if the bird is to be left alone for long periods of time it is best to get it a companion.

A roomy cage is a must for any parrot. It should be double the width of the wing span and taller than it is wide as they love climbing. Your parrot should have flying time out of the cage every day as they require space to exercise. The cage must be put out of the way of draughts and direct sunlight.

The cage floor should be covered with either sand; chipsi or wood chips which should be spot cleaned each day to keep your parrot healthy. The cage should be fully scrubbed and disinfected weekly and un-eaten food should be removed daily. Animal safe disinfectant is a must as household disinfectant can harm your parrot.

To maintain good feather your parrot should be given the option to bath if it doesn’t enjoy bathing, they will benefit from regular spraying with lukewarm water.

Suitable perches are vital to maintain healthy feet.

Parrots need a variety of perches with varying widths. If all the perches are the same width your parrot’s feet will become saw and deformed.

It is better to provide a new toy each day rather than cluttering the cage with toys. Natural wood toys are best, plastic toys can be broken and may not be digested.

Your parrots will mainly eat seed (we recommend Harrison’s), a good quality mixture should be provided on a daily basis as well as fruit and vegetables which should make up ¼ of your birds diet. You can also offer your bird treats of millet or treat sticks. A mineral supplement should be provided as they require a high mineral content, cuttlefish bone or iodine peck blocks will exercise the beak as well as supplying required minerals and calcium. Grit is essential for digestion as birds have no teeth and rely on the grit to act as an abrasive and break down the seed.

Pellet diets are a good option also, grit, fruit and vegetables should still be provided.

Bird’s claws and beak will grow continually so if you don’t provide varied perches and blocks they may need regular clipping, which can be stressful.

Their intelligence demands a wide variety of toys.  They enjoy toys that enable them to climb, chew, and solve problems.  When purchasing toys, offer a variety including toys that make noises, are made of various materials, and that are in different colors. It is better to provide a new toy each day rather than cluttering the cage with toys.

Where you place your parrot’s cage is of great importance.  They are intelligent, structured, and gentle birds and do not do well in a noisy or chaotic environment.  If their environment is too stressful, they have the tendency to pull all their feathers out.

Take a look around your home and consider where the quietest and most structured area may be.  Try to place your cage against a wall or in a corner to help your parrot feel safe.