Sleeping hanging on cage bars?

by Daniel
(Spokane Wa.)

My Green Cheek Conure sleeps hanging on to the cage bars. He goes to the same spot up high on the cage and hangs on to the side of the cage all night long. I have had other parrots and this is the first one that sleeps like that. Is this relatively normal?

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Nov 29, 2015
Charlie Buddy
by: Jack Brown

My green cheek conure, Charlie Buddy, doesn't sleep in his little hut. I asked a friend that had a parakeet if it's normal, she said yes, the same with my parakeet. So I hope it's normal.

Oct 31, 2015
cockatiel on side bars
by: kmjulius

I have a rescue older cockatiel now for about 6 months, he always slept on his perch,,not last night and right now in the daylight, he is sleeping hanging onto the side cage bars...he has never done this,,,is this normal,,,

Sep 05, 2015
Same here
by: Anonymous

My lovie Oliver, usually slept on his perch up until I switched his cage. He now sleeps clinging to the upper right corner of his cage. When peeking in him during the night, I saw he was still in the same position seemingly cozy. Believe the new sleeping habit is due to the major change.

Dec 16, 2012
My Parrotlet Also Hangs On Side of Cage At Night
by: Lincoln

I've had my parrotlet for only 3 weeks now and I noticed he will climb onto the side near the top corner of his cage as I start to cover it at night. When I remove the cage cover in the morning he's still hanging there. I think he's still adjusting to his new environment. He probably feels more secure hanging on his cage all night rather than sitting on a perch in the dark.

May 04, 2011
Hanging Parrot
by: Chinmay

Hi guys,
I came a cross with this topic while google search. I had same problam with my parrot from past 3 days. He used to cling on side bars & be there whole night. I used a wood as perch a solid wood, not something which moves easily & he climbed on it whithin a minute & he is allright now. Some expert told me that all the birds fee insecure on ground so they prefer to sleep on higher place.

Feb 06, 2011
My Conure is the same
by: Chris

I have a conure that did the same, when it was out of the cage it would cuddle right up to anyone it could find when it wanted to sleep, so i hung both ends of a fluffy tea towell from the top of the cage and made a sort of small tent sort of thing for her, She loves it and now sleeps in it every night, i have heard of a product called a ''happy hut bird bed'' which looks like it would do the same thing, you can find these on ebay, or by doing a google search.

Editor's note: I sell bird tents here also:

May 28, 2010
by: Anonymous

I've 12 macaw's and a bunch of other parrots, african grey's, cockatoo's, sun conure's, amazon's, budgie's, senegal, rosella and tons more. No! I am not a breeder, I just like to have em as pets. (i know crazy right!)
And I've noticed that at some point each one of them will cling on the cage at some time, specially during nights.
My macaw's usually do it during night, bcus they dont like to be in cage, and as soon as i let them out, they sleep in normal bird position with their heads turned back and one leg up.
Meanwhile my other parrots usually do it when they see a new toy or perch, while the others do it when i move their cages to a different angle. and sometimes when I bring hom a new parrot and when i put them with the others, then whichever one is the dominant one takes the perch, and the rest who are on lower hierarchy level tend to either sit at the bottom of the cage or cling on i believe most likely its due to a change that they see, which they dont usually prefer.
but then again I am no bird expert or avian veterinarian. thats what i saw my birds do and i am attributing it to this factor as to why they cling on cages. because as i would undo those changes that i had made to their cage's or toy's or anything, then within a few seconds my brids would get back to thier perch.

Aug 22, 2009
Same here
by: Jenny

My green cheeked sleeps hanging on the bars as well. Shes like that when we wake her up in the morning, and as far as I've heard its fine ;)

Feb 18, 2009
Green Cheeks!
by: Anonymous

My Green Cheek Conure does the exact same thing. I don't think it bothers him any. Just what he does.

Sep 18, 2008
I think hes afraid of the dark
by: Horus's Mom

My Senegal Horus doesn't like the dark at all. If I turn the lights off, he will hang on the top right side of the cage corner bars, balancing himself on top of his hang toy and the side of the cage. When you turn the lights back on, he will go sit on his perch. It doesn't matter if I'm in the room or not. He hangs there all night long until the sun comes up and then he sits on his perch again and goes to sleep for a few hours.

Aug 29, 2008
My bird clings to the side of the cage bars to sleep
by: Monica

I googled that question and your post popped up. I have 2 parakeets, one sleeps on a swing at the top of the cage the other clings to the side bars near the swing...that can't be comfortable. I have tipped toed in the middle of the night and peeked in and they were both still doing it. What the heck? My house is usually mellow and quiet but it looks like he's freaked out or something clinging to the bars like that.

Aug 07, 2008
Bird sleeping on cage bars
by: Tracie

I am sorry I didn't answer this sooner.

I really don't know if it is normal, but if the bird prefers to sleep that way I guess that is fine. I do wonder if the bird gets on a perch after you go to bed and the lights are off though.

Buddy, my Green Cheeked Conure, is on the side of the cage when we leave the room, but if I wait and from far away (he can't possibly have heard me coming down the hall) I can shine a light into the cage and he will be in the tent with Widget.

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