Pet parrots most definitely need regular sleep at night and in fact most need about 12 hours good sleep, otherwise they can suffer in their health.
All creatures need regular sleep and the same goes for your pet parrot.
In face a parrot can become quite unwell if he does not get a reasonable amount of sleep.
How to ensure a good night's sleep for the parrot.
A parrot cannot tell you if it is tired.
So it is up to the 'parrot parent' to make sure that the parrot gets enough sleep at night.
If you own a parrot that lives in the house with you the best set up is to have a 'night cage' where you can put him and cover it up for uninterrupted sleep.
If your parrot lives in an aviary outside the night and day hours will take care of themselves.
The rewards will be well worth it as you will have a much happier parrot and if you are training your parrot you will have much more success with a parrot that can focus on 'the lessons' rather than a parrot that gets aggressive because it is so tired.
Some signs of not enough sleep.
The funny thing is, parrots are not unlike humans in that they will become irritated, short tempered and generally cranky if they do not get the required amount of sleep.
If your parrot is cranky you will soon know because he will not be so friendly.
Of course, there could be other reasons why your friend is starting to get nasty, but one easy factor to calculate is whether it is getting about 12 hours sleep a night.
If there are family members around the cage all day and interacting with the parrot a lot of the time, the night sleep is crucial, but if the owners are out at work all day and their interacting time is in the evening, that is not so bad because the parrot will be able to nap during the day.
But even under these circumstances if would be a good idea to partly cover the cage while you are at work.
The covering of the cage just gives that feeling of a natural environment and a happy contented parrot will be the result.
Healthy, happy parrots are just the best company and so much fun and they also learn the quickest when they are well and contented.
Copyright (c) 2010 Kaye Dennan