Temperatures are heating up, and it’s time to pay closer attention to keeping your bird cool in the summer heat.
Birds don’t have sweat glands like humans do, and they don’t regulate their body temperatures the same way we do. Unlike mammals, a bird’s body temperature runs a little higher on average.
To cool down, birds will pant rapidly, breathing through their mouths. They will also vibrate their throats. They also lose water through evaporation on their feet and skin surface.
During the summertime, it’s important to keep your bird out of direct sunlight during the hottest times of the day. Keep his cage in a place that provides light but also provides shade and adequate ventilation. This might mean providing a fan nearby to keep air circulating, extra water in his cage or water bottle, or shading nearby windows during peak hours.
Misters and birdbaths are also options, and they provide a playful option for your bird to stay cool.
Birds don’t need as much fuel during summer months, so don’t be surprised if your bird doesn’t eat as much.