The Machioro Bathouse Rio 10 is an artificial puddle created with a water-filled basin in which birds may drink, bathe, and cool themselves.
Why do birds bathe?
Bathing plays an important role in feather maintenance.Feathers get replaced once or twice a year. In the interim, they need to be kept in good condition. The sun, feather-munching mites, bacteria and gradual wear take a toll on feathers. A set of year-old flight feathers look like they’ve been through the ringer: they are frayed and dull.
Experiments have been done that indicate that birds with access to bath water were more willing to let their guard down and feed, despite the recorded call signaling the presence of a predator. The authors suggest that the unbathed birds were more cautious because they were aware that their ability to escape was impaired.
Moreover, bathing even makes a bird a more agile flier and more adept at escaping predators in the short term.
Size: 26 cm x 18 cm x 17 cm