Ask Lafeber


February 14, 2021

Double yellow headed Amazon and African Grey

Is having the tv on for them a good idea or bad idea?


Hi Debbi.

A TV can be great enrichment for birds. The best types of programming are children’s programs such as PBS Kids or a classic game show network – they love the sound effects for the old game shows. It would seem like nature channels are good, however, only have this on if you are around. Birds are prey animals and they can get very alarmed by predators on a nature show. And shows with a lot of violence can also be upsetting to birds. They are sensitive to people shouting or arguing or a lot of gunfire or loud noises. Even something like a shopping network can work, because the sellers are always upbeat. Basically, think of what you would let a small child watch.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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