Preening Toys

Preening toys are vital for a parrot’s daily routine. They are essential for maintaining healthy feathers, preventing boredom, destructive behavior, and obesity, and easing stress and anxiety. To ensure their parrots’ well-being and happiness, parrot owners should give them a variety of preening toys. These toys are particularly important for birds that live alone, as they can help prevent harmful feather behaviors.

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Catch of the Day

Enrichment Parrot Toy for Small to Medium Birds


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Enrichment Parrot Toy for Medium to Large Birds


Corn Silk Cascade, Small

Enrichment Parrot Toy for Medium Birds


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Enrichment Parrot Toy for Small to Medium Birds


Hula Skirt

Enrichment Parrot Toy for Small to Medium Birds


Leather Kabob

Enrichment Parrot Toy for Very Small to Small Birds


Loofah Man

Enrichment Parrot Toy for Medium Birds



Enrichment Parrot Toy, for Medium to Large Birds



Enrichment Parrot Toy for Very Small to Small Birds


Preening Block

Enrichment Parrot Toy for Small to Medium Birds

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Choosing the Right Preening Toys for Your Parrot

Preening toys are an essential component of your parrot’s daily routine as they provide mental stimulation, encourage healthy grooming, reduce stress, promote physical activity,
and imitate natural behavior. Here are some additional tips for selecting the ideal preening toy for your feathered friend:

  • Consider your bird’s personality and preferences when selecting preening toys. Some birds may enjoy shredding toys while others prefer toys that they can manipulate with their beaks and feet.
  • Avoid toys with small parts that can be easily chewed off and ingested by your bird, as they pose a choking hazard.
  • Natural materials such as wood, sisal, and abaca rope are excellent choices for preening toys as they are durable, non-toxic, and provide a variety of textures for your bird to explore.
  • Toys that make noise, such as bells or rattles, can also add an element of excitement and engagement for your bird.
  • Be sure to regularly inspect your bird’s preening toys for signs of wear and tear, and replace them as needed to prevent injury or illness.
  • Consider incorporating foraging toys into your bird’s preening toy collection. These toys require your bird to work for their food, which can provide mental stimulation and prevent boredom.
  • Finally, remember that no two birds are the same, and what works for one bird may not work for another. Experiment with different types of preening toys to find what works best for your feathered friend.

HARI Smart.Play Preening Toys

Preening is a vital daily routine for parrots, which involves feathers cleaning and maintenance. To ensure the happiness and well-being of parrots, pet parents should provide them with a variety of preening toys. Some preening toys are made from materials that allow for adding extruded foods or treats to encourage foraging, which also benefit parrot mental health.

Preening toys can relieve boredom, promote mental and physical stimulation, and help prevent feather plucking.

  • Toys available in a range of size suitable for all hookbills
  • Encourages preening and foraging
  • Relieves boredom and helps prevent feather plucking
  • Provides mental and physical stimulation
  • Helps relieve anxiety by providing entertainment

HARI Smart.Play Preening Toys provide an opportunity for birds to engage in their natural behavior in captivity. These toys are particularly important for birds that live alone, as they can help prevent harmful feather behaviors. Without preening toys, birds may resort to over-preening or feather plucking. Birds are intelligent creatures that require mental stimulation. Preening toys also provide mental stimulation for birds, preventing boredom and destructive behavior and can provide a source of entertainment and engagement, keeping pet birds mentally stimulated and healthy. By providing a bird with preening toys, pet parents can interact with their pets and provide them with a sense of security and comfort.

Natural Materials Ensure a Safe and Sustainable Experience

Many of the HARI Smart.Play toys are crafted using a variety of natural materials, including bamboo, sisal, cocona, coconut, seagrass, loofah, willow, pinewood, and sea shells. The colors utilized in these toys are made from non-toxic vegetable dyes, ensuring your bird’s safety while they play. The toys are also equipped with either an appropriately sized pear-shaped or d-shaped quick link.

When it comes to choosing toys for your pet bird, it’s important to prioritize their safety and well-being. That’s why opting for natural materials is a great choice. Here are some additional points to consider:

  • Natural materials are non-toxic and safe for your bird to play with. Unlike some plastic toys, which may contain harmful chemicals, natural materials like bamboo, sisal, and coconut are completely safe for your bird to chew and interact with.
  • Choosing natural materials is also a sustainable choice. These materials are renewable and biodegradable. By choosing toys made from natural materials, you can reduce your ecological footprint and promote a healthier planet.
  • HARI Smart.Play toys are designed with your bird’s safety in mind. Each toy is equipped with an appropriately sized pear-shaped or d-shaped quick link, which ensures that the toy is securely fastened to your bird’s cage and won’t come loose during playtime.
  • Non-toxic vegetable dyes are also used to color the toys, ensuring that your bird won’t be exposed to any harmful chemicals. This means you can feel confident that your bird is playing with a toy that’s both safe and enjoyable.
  • In addition to being safe and sustainable, the toys are designed for functional play and provide your bird with mental and physical stimulation. Birds are intelligent creatures that require plenty of mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. These toys are designed to provide your bird with a variety of textures, shapes, and colors to explore, helping to keep them engaged and entertained for hours on end.

For the Health and Well Being of Your Bird

The Importance of Rotating Toys

Birds are highly intelligent creatures that require a lot of mental stimulation. To keep your pet bird engaged and entertained, it is a good idea to rotate their toys often. Many bird owners change their pet parrots’ toys about once a week. However, you should avoid overpacking your bird’s cage with too many toys that may cause overcrowding and restrict your bird’s freedom of movement. Instead, aim for variety and avoid an overabundance of toys. Remember, rotating toys frequently will help keep your parrot mentally stimulated and prevent them from losing interest in their toys.

Here are some additional tips to keep in mind when it comes to rotating your bird’s toys:

  • Observe your bird’s behavior – As you rotate your bird’s toys, pay attention to which ones they seem to enjoy the most. This will give you an idea of what types of toys they prefer and can help you choose new toys that they will like.
  • Choose toys that are safe – When selecting new toys for your bird, make sure they are safe and appropriate for their size and species. Avoid toys with small or easily detachable parts that could be a choking hazard.
  • Provide a variety of toy types – Birds enjoy different types of toys, such as ones they can shred, ones they can climb on, and ones they can manipulate. Try to provide a variety of toy types to keep your bird engaged and entertained.
  • Clean toys regularly – As your bird plays with their toys, they can become dirty and covered in droppings. It’s important to clean their toys regularly to prevent the spread of bacteria and keep them in good condition.

Remember, keeping your bird’s toys fresh and interesting is essential for their mental and physical well-being. By rotating their toys frequently and providing a variety of safe and engaging options, you can help keep your bird happy and healthy.

Prioritizing Safety for Your Pet Bird

As a responsible bird owner, safety should always be a top concern. As a bird caretaker, it is your responsibility to inspect your pet’s toys regularly for safety, wear, and hygiene. When offering toys to your bird, make sure to do so in a clean and hygienic environment, away from soft foods and water dispensers. It’s best to place the toys in the bird’s activity center or play gym. Here are a few tips to keep your feathered friend safe and healthy:

  • Avoid placing preening toys near water bowls or areas where misting and bathing occur to prevent mold growth.
  • Be mindful of cotton rope perches that can offer stability but may become frayed over time. These frayed threads can wrap around little feet, causing discomfort and even constriction of blood flow. Remove any items that pose a potential hazard immediately.
  • While it’s important to provide opportunities for chewing, preening and beak grooming, certain types of toys, particularly those made of wood, can trigger hormone production in birds. Therefore, it’s not recommended to offer destructible toys in the night-cage or near a bird tent or hideout that the bird perceives as a nesting site. By following these guidelines, you can help ensure a safe and comfortable environment for your feathered friend.

Don’t take our word for it – see for yourself!

Meet Louis, Watch him in action as he preens and forages with his Smart.Play Catch of the Day toy.

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