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Foraging is an enrichment technique in which food and/or favorite objects are placed/hidden behind some sort of barrier for a pet bird to find.


In terms of pet birds, foraging is an enrichment technique in which food and/or favorite objects are placed/hidden behind some sort of barrier. This requires that the pet bird work for the object by looking for it locating it, and obtaining it. Since birds in the wild spend a huge amount of their day foraging for food, this is seen as an extremely healthy alternative to a food bowl and toys. Pet parrots especially seem to thrive with foraging, once owners are properly taught how to correctly implement it.


There are numerous foraging toys available on the pet bird market. Additionally, there is an excellent DVD on “Captive Foraging” made by board-certified avian veterinarian Scott Echols that is available through the Birds Just Wanna Have Fun website. It teaches owners how to teach their parrots to forage, with easy and often inexpensive suggestions on various levels of foraging.

Disclaimer:’s Bird Behavior Index is intended for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the expertise and experience of a professional veterinarian. Do not use the information presented here to make decisions about your bird’s health if you suspect your pet is sick. If your pet is showing signs of illness or you notice changes in your bird’s behavior, take your pet to the nearest veterinarian or an emergency pet clinic as soon as possible.

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