The short answer is that parrots need to sleep where they are safe, but many questions come up about the specific ways a parrot sleeps and what their sleeping habits are. The best way to help your parrot get a good night’s rest is to limit noise, darken the environment and cover the cage at night. These simple steps can make it easier for your parrot to fall asleep and stay asleep all through the night.
It is widely believed that parrots must sleep in a very dark and quiet place for restful sleeping. This belief is based on the fact that most parrot species originate from tropical regions and have a natural circadian rhythm which has them go to sleep when it gets dark.
Parrots often roost in their perches before sleeping, and will tuck their head in their feathers to feel secure. They may also fluff up their feathers which keeps them warm and conserves body heat. This is a sign that they are feeling secure and comfortable in their bed for the night.
Another common sleeping position is to have one leg tucked in its feathers. This may seem precarious, but the tendons in their feet are tightened up and prevent them from falling off of their perch. They may also sleep with their foot tucked under its chest. This posture shows trust and loyalty between a parrot and its human.
The overall recommendation is to provide your parrot with a small cage to sleep in at night. A smaller cage can be placed in a dimly lit and private room at night, to give your parrot the restful sleep it needs.