What's the Best Temperature for a Pet Bird?

Learn what is the best temperature for a pet bird in this Howcast video featuring veterinarian Laurie Hess.


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Dr. Laurie: People ask us a lot about what temperature they should keep their birds at in their houses and really, what's comfortable us is comfortable for your bird. Birds actually can tolerate temperature changes fairly well. I mean they do fine in warm weather. Many of them are tropical and live in heat. But those that live with us here, even in the northeast where we live they're very comfortable in our homes, around 70 degrees or so, maybe a little less in the wintertime. The big thing to remember is that birds really don't tolerate rapid changes in temperature. Their bodies can adjust when they go from hot to cold and cold to hot, but they do need a little bit of time to acclimate. We see those wild Quaker parrots, right? Sarah: Absolutely, there are wild Quaker parrots that are flying around up here in the northeast, and they actually do quite well. They are quite proliferative actually, from what I understand. They just need time to adjust to the temperature change in the environment and they can actually handle it pretty well. Dr. Laurie: Yeah, you'd be amazed. We see people bring in birds all the time, even little parakeets, budgerigars that aren't normally found here and they live outside all winter long, and they survive and they somehow manage to get through. So I don't think people have to get as stressed as they do about temperature. Birds that are sick will fluff up and trap air between their bodies and their feather, because they're trying to keep warm, because they're ill. But in general, most birds that are healthy can tolerate temperature changes just fine, as long as they have time to adjust.


  • Dr. Laurie Hess

    Dr. Laurie Hess is one of fewer than 150 veterinarians in the world board certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Avian (bird) Medicine. She is the owner of the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills, NY, where she treats birds and other exotic pets and species. Dr. Hess is a regular guest on TV and radio stations across the U.S. and Canada discussing various exotic pet topics. She has lectured both nationally and internationally about her field and has published numerous articles and book chapters on the subject.