Hormonal Parrot Behavior: Determining Parrot Sleep Needs: Where In The World Is Your Bird From
In this part of our Hormonal Parrot Behavior Series, we take a look at the sleep needs of parrots.
Do you know your bird sleep needs? Improper sleep can induce hormonal parrot behavior, so it is very important to know how much sleep your parrot needs.
Your parrots body and physical needs have adapted to equatorial photoperiods. Near the equator, daylight versus darkness hours vary as little as 7 minutes - so in the peak of winter, there are are 12 hrs 4 minutes of darkness while in the height of summer darkness may only be 11 hrs. 56 minutes.
Daylight versus night changes the farther you get away form the equator. Daylight hours shorten the farther away from the equator you get, so much so, that near the poles, half of the year has significantly more of one photoperiod than the other. For instance, in Alaska, Summer has up to 20 hours of daylight, while in the Winter, it has 20 hours of night time. Find out where your bird is from to know how much sleep it needs.
Making sure your parrot gets complete quiet and darkness greatly affects its behavior. Why? Too much light exposure makes a bird hormonal. And, on top of that, your bird will likely experience physical and behavioral problems.
- Diane Burroughs, LCSW