Travel can be stressful for some birds, as is the case for other pets and people, too! If you have a beloved bird and want to travel or need to move, a quality bird carrier is a must. Just a few minutes of research will reveal that there are numerous carriers out there—some safe, others not. Here are some reliable bird carrier options we recommend.
What to Look for in a Bird Carrier
Here a few suggestions to get started:
- Travel Type: There are so many places to go with your bird. Are you moving, making trips to the vet, flying, hiking? You get the idea. Think about your most frequent mode of travel or a specific travel event. Some carriers come with safety features for car travel, others are airline-approved, and some are designed for quick trips only.
- Bird Size and Needs: If you have an ultra-nervous bird, look for a carrier that either offers your bird a full view or one with a cover to calm your bird from over-stimulation. Don’t try to put your parrot in a small carrier or a tiny bird in a voluminous interior where they may struggle to find their footing.
- Function: Are you a purse-wearer or a briefcase carrier? Or perhaps you like to travel with a backpack. Different functions serve different purposes. Take into account your own comfort as you look for a safe, suitable carrier for your bird.
Best Overall: Prevue Pet Products Travel Carrier for Birds
Prevue takes your bird’s safety into account with this travel carrier. The powder-coated steel structure makes it sturdy and light. It features a bird-proof door lock to prevent your pet from escaping. In addition, the travel carrier’s welded seat belt brackets facilitate safe car travel. Just put the carrier in the backseat, pull the seat belt out, wrap it around the cage and secure the belt inside the brackets, and then buckle. All set to go!
Prevue Pet Products Travel Carrier for Birds, Small Cage Portable Crate for Pet Birds, Compact Birdcage with Handle, Black
Both sturdy and light, this powder-coated steel structure will reassure you and your bird.
Best Two-Way Carrier: Petsfit Bird Carrier
Wear the Petsfit backpack and over-the-shoulder bird carrier and give your bird a safe ride. A transparent front flap allows your bird to see out and for others to see your bird. The carrier is a fashion statement but also practical. It includes a portable perch, food bowl, sliding tray for easy cleaning, and a side pocket for your cell phone or other small items. Most importantly, the carrier is well-ventilated.
Petsfit Bird Carrier Medium Size with Stainless Steel Bowl, Parrot Backpack Includes Slide Tray for Easy Cleaning, 13" x 10" x 16"
Wear your bird on your back or over your shoulder. Either way, this carrier makes travel safe and pleasant.
Best for Active Travel: C&L Bird Carrier Backpack for Hiking
Streamlined for utility and appearance, the hands-free C&L bird carrier backpack enables you to travel on or offroad with your favorite feathered friend. The three-sided mesh ventilation ensures your bird gets plenty of fresh air. They can enjoy the view from their perch or have privacy if you close the front flap cover.
Bird Backpack, Bird Travel Carrier with Stand Perch, Airline Approved Grey Bird Backpack Carrier
Going on a hike? Take your avian side-kick along with this rugged backpack.
Best Accessories: Moloni Bird Carrier
This efficient bird carrier by Moloni comes with all the components you want for your traveling bird. Lightweight and well-ventilated, so neither you nor your bird will break out into a sweat, the carrier offers an enviable view. Your parrot will be able to see everything through the plastic front door and three-sided mesh panels. Also included are a stainless steel feeder, six pee pads, a perch, and a shoulder strap.
Moloni Bird Carrier with 6-Pieces Pee Pads and Feeding Cup?Breathable & Lightweight & Portable Pets Parrot Birds Travel Cage
This carrier comes with everything a bird could ask for. Plus, they get an incredible view!