Can Parrots Swim?

Are you wondering if your parrot can swim? 

Some birds are born with the capability of swimming, while others are not.

Birds who lived near water bodies evolved with the innate ability to swim as that’s what ensured their survival. Others did not. 

So, can parrots swim? 

The short answer to this question is no. While your parrot might be able to keep itself afloat in the pool, it will eventually drown. 

In this blog post, we will go over everything you need to know about swimming parrots and try to bust some myths. 

Keep reading to know more! 

Can Parrots Float On Water?

In theory, yes, parrots can float on water, but not for long. 

Humans can float on water too yet thousands of people die by drowning every year.

A parrot’s body is less dense than that of a human’s, so it does float better.

However, this doesn’t mean that your parrot won’t panic (which is what leads to drowning in the first place). 

So, you shouldn’t bet on your parrot’s ability to float on water.  

Can Parrots Drown?

Yes, parrots can drown. 

Especially when they’re in a large and deep waterbody–like a swimming pool or over the bathtub, but you shouldn’t be worried about your parrot drowning in a birdbath or a garden water fountain. 

Many people believe that birds (including parrots) have the natural ability to swim.

However, different species have evolved differently.

So, while some birds do have the natural ability to swim, others do not. 

Can You Give Your Parrot A Bath?

Letting your parrot swim and bathing it are two different things altogether. 

Yes, you can bath your parrot.

In fact, parrots are known to enjoy their bath time!

Here are a few tips that will help: 

  • You can bathe your parrot in the skin or another shallow surface. The bird’s teeth should be able to touch the bottom of the container. 
  • Don’t try to soak the parrot’s feathers! It can be harmful to the feathers’ overall health. 
  • You don’t need to use shampoo or other fancy things. Plain old water will do the trick. 
  • The water that you’re using should be lukewarm. 

How Often Should You Bathe A Parrot?

You should bathe your parrot once a week or every two weeks.

During the colder months of the year, you can mist your bird using a high-quality misting spray as well.

The answer to this question also depends upon the following: 

  • Where your bird is from: Tropical birds need humidity and moisture to maintain their natural beauty and feathers. They may need frequent misting and showers as compared to birds from cooler climates. 
  • Whether your bird if moulting: Moulting refers to the process in which old feathers shed to give way to new feathers. Some birds moult annually while others moult two to four times a year. Regular bathing during moulting helps relieve the parrot’s skin. 
  • If your bird bathes on its own: If your bird baths in its drinking water, it is a sign that you need to bathe it more often.  

Can You Bathe A Baby Parrot?

Yes, you can bathe a baby parrot. 

Baby parrots need frequent baths as they help stimulate feather production.

They also help get rid of the powder down that the parrots produce.

In Conclusion: Can Parrots Swim? 

Did we answer all of your questions in this blog post? 

No, parrots cannot swim, and you shouldn’t put your pet in a pool or a large body of water–even if it is for a short amount of time.

Keep in mind, no photograph or video is worth it! 

It’s not worth the risk to put your parrots life in danger

On top of that, keep in mind that the chemicals used in the pool are harsh and can affect the feather quality. 

If you have any questions or concerns, leave them in the comments section, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

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