Perches

“The best perches are the natural hard woods such as manzanita, ribbon wood and eucalyptus (very hard when it dries). Other woods may or may not be safe but it is best to stick to one of the three mentioned above.”
– – Barton C. Huber, D.V.M. (Dr. Bart) Basic Bird Care: Avian Health Care Tips

Perches play a very important role in your birds overall health.
Pet bird perches should be of different sizes and irregular. This aids in the exercising of the feet ensuring that muscle condition and coordination does not deteriorate due to lack of foot movement along the perches.
As a general rule your bird’s feet should go 3/4 of the way around the perch but in nature the birds perch on tree limbs of varying sizes. It is recommended that you use two or more different diameter perches. Remember however, that allowing your bird to play on top of his cage or walk on the floor will also exercise his feet
Tough eucalyptus wood makes the best perch your bird could ever have! Budgies love to chew on eucalyptus branches. They provide your bird with a source of stimulation. The chewing activity keeps the bird occupied for hours on end and the eucalyptus oil inside the bark is a natural health tonic. Eucalyptus branches also provide trace elements and minerals that are beneficial to your bird’s health. In the wild, budgies are very active in the morning and evening, but spend most of their day resting in the eucalyptus trees and chewing the branches. Natural (unrefined) eucalyptus oil from the bark is also a germicide that stops diseases of the feet in all Australian birds.
“Eucalyptus branches are nontoxic and are safe to use as natural wood perches.”
– Gillian Willis, Vancouver, B.C.
an “expert” in matters of poisoning and toxic substances

“The most suitable toys for unsupervised birds include natural foods such as grass runners (eg, kikuyu, buffalo grass), various seed pods (eg, melaleuca, hakea, Eucalyptus, callistemon and especially banksia for larger cockatoos), liquid amber, pine cones, vegetables, apple cores, clumps or tufts of grass freshly sprayed with water and short lengths of soft wood with bark attached (especially if live beetle larvae or borers are present). Any natural plant materials provided to birds must not have been sprayed with pesticides, chemicals or fertilizers. Fresh-cut branches from unsprayed fruit trees or vines with the bark intact are favorite treats for birds.”

Eucalyptus and Sugar Gliders

The ISGA (International Sugar Gliders Association) has designated that Eucalyptus Globulus aka Blue Gum (the only kind we grow and sell) is a “Safe Plant” for sugar gliders.

According to the Tasmanian Primary Industries and Water Department: “Sugar gliders have a sweet tooth – their diet consists of flower nectar, acacia gum, eucalypt sap and insects. One study of a Victorian population showed that individuals spent about 43% of their foraging time feeding on gum, 12% on eucalypt sap and 28% on searching for invertebrates.” and that they are: “well adapted to a diet of eucalypt leaves…”

SuggiesGlideForIt

Budgerigars and Their Affinity with Certain Eucalyptus Species. by Peter McLaren B.A.

Many bird species in Australia and elsewhere feed on the cambium sap of various trees. In northern European and American forests woodpeckers feed on the cambium sap of a number of deciduous tree species. This however, tends to be seasonal behavior as opposed to birds that feed on evergreens – such as the eucalypts- in which cambial activity is continuous. In Australia galahs, sulfur-crested cockatoos and Major Mitchell Cockatoos all strip the mature bark of eucalypts to gain access to the cambium tissue and thus the cambium’s phloem sap. The writer has observed some cockatoos returning regularly to wounds they have created in the cambium of eucalyptus trees to take advantage of the continually weeping sap that exudes from them for up to a fortnight before the tree heals. Birds are not alone in this practice which is utilized by sugar gliders and various possums. These animals seldom ingest the bark they strip but, instead, remove it to inflict a wound that will continue to weep. In the budgerigar’s case its small beak size relegates it to the smaller stems where it finds the cambial sap it seeks in the soft fresh bark.

Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants (ASGAP)
The Eucalypt Page:
http://farrer.riv.csu.edu.au/ASGAP/eucalypt.html
“Added to pet shampoo it kills fleas, and soothes rashes, itches and cuts.”
http://farrer.riv.csu.edu.au/ASGAP/APOL7/sep97-14.html
“we have sugar gliders feed in a very large Eucalyptus”
http://farrer.riv.csu.edu.au/ASGAP/APOL8/dec97-5.html
“The sugar gliders are quite happy to feast”
http://farrer.riv.csu.edu.au/ASGAP/APOL23/sep01-9.html

 

Eucalyptus and Parrots

“I can see that, there is a big grove of E. camaldulensis var obtusa growing in a park in Brownsville TX and the Mexican parrots love them, it can get pretty noisy!”

“I always load my Parrots cage up with fresh branches and leaves I cut from my trees. My bird loves them. It also loves to eat the seed¬†capsules.”

Just for fun — here’s Snowball, the dancing cockatoo!
http://birdloversonly.blogspot.com/2007/09/may-i-have-this-dance.html