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Birdie body expression - pets

 

Most parrot citizens are aware of some of the basic body dialect out companions use to connect with us. But it's as a rule the more denial ones! However, our cronies use a assembly of moves to convey lots of emotions, both categorical and negative. So, let's look at a few:

EXCITEMENT/AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIORS
Although most of these behavior are allied with aggressive/defensive attitudes in our birds, they can also basically denote any excitement, good or bad - so you have to know your bird, and abide by attentively to differentiate amid aggressive postures that mean "Stay away!" and those that basically mean "I'm over-excited!" even in a good way. (Of course, even with those you need to be careful, as an over-stimulated bird can still act out by biting. )

Eye pinning: The pupils widen and compress rapidly, back and forth, indicating excitement and interest. Categorically means you need to pay consideration and look out.

Feather Puffing: The bird fluffs his nap out all over, but exceptionally the head and neck, and with Cockatoos, the crest is erect. In the wild, birds use this to act larger, and thus be more frightening to foes.

Tail Fanning: Chiefly in Amazons, the bird fans his whole tail out (like a mini-horizontal peacock), again, to arrive on the scene large and "scary. "

Blushing: Bare-faced birds like Macaws, allow you to visually comply with the facial blush that accompanies excitement. (Actually, ALL parrots so this - we just can't see it all through the feathers! Some birds blush a light pink, others (Like my Amber), go a deep red. I find babies blush more than adults, as they come into contact with new clothes in the world.

Head Bowing: The bird, while out of breath up, eye-pinning, tail fanning, and blushing, also lowers his head, stretching out his neck. Often accompanied by a "growling" sort of sound, or with African Greys and Cockatiels, it's more of a "hissing" sound.

Stretching/Wing Spreading: The bird raises up on tip toes, fluff and crest erect, neck stretched, wings eagle - allotment -again, he's frustrating to look large and threatening. Often, a decidedly disconcerted bird will sway back and forth. "Flash" flag (Bright color accents under wings, crest or tail) are approvingly evident all through this type of affectation - it's hard to miss, as this type of exhibit is QUITE obvious!

Although anger behaviors and excitement behaviors are similar, the good observer with a qualified eye can at once tell the difference. Work on increasing your examination skills, so you'll know how to best proceed. Of course, a bird advent at you, head-lowered, with an open beak, is hard for Anybody to misinterpret!

SOLICITOUS BEHAVIORS
These bring in all the more passive ways a parrot asks for attention. If we discount these, they can lead to more outright demands, such as screaming, or fearful behaviors that befit obsessive, more or less ritualistic, practice such as continuous flipping or rotating in the cage, or toe-tapping, beak wiping, and odd looking head movements. The basic anxious behaviors comprise the following:

Food Begging: In recent times weaned babies often cry and "baby bob" repeatedly. They sit low on the perch, heads twisted up, faintly quaking their wings, with heads bobbing rapidly. This needs to be addressed! Often, newly weaned babies revert after heartbreaking to their new home. It's a good idea to go on accepted body authority checks, as whatever thing over a 10% loss is cause for concern. I don't deem in time-table weaning, and do not feel it is inappropriate to continue, or re-start, hand feeding of young birds. Ask for guidance on how to best carry it.

Wing Quivering: The bird sits low with wings gently quivering, head out, and stretched and dimly chirps to you. Some may "bob," even as adults. This is more collective in females. It easily means "Pick me up! Love me!" I find it quite engaging and nonentity to be alarmed about.

Leaning Forward/Looking up at you with Big Eyes: This is also a very sweet way birdies ask for some loving. They cleanly lean concerning you and give you big, soft, goo-goo eyes! Appealing fool-proof for most birds!

Feather Puffing: Naught like the quill out of breath of aggression/over-excitement, which is stiff and rigid, this is a "soft" raising of the feathers, again, exceptionally on the head and neck and means "Please cut me and preen my pin feathers!" They need out help to reach those challenging spots, and it's a glorious way to strengthen your bond by preening his "pins" for him!

HAPPINESS BEHAVIORS
These are my favorites! They are also the most cunning and most often missed signals that our parrots give us. Learn to accept them and you'll enjoy a whole new level of fertility in your communications.

Tail Wagging: Often in one on one interactions, you'll see your bird give his tail a quick "fan" and a energetic side-to-side shake. This means "I'm content, I'm enjoying in my opinion and air quite relaxed!" It's at all times a happy sight!

Happy-Wing Tai Chi: You walk in the room, or up to your parrot, he spreads out one wing, in a big stretch, often accompanied by a full addition to the back of the leg on the same side (very graceful, martial-arts-looking). I love this one! Often, they do it at the most inconvenient time, like when you're in a big hurry to put him up and get out for the day. But, this is the parrot corresponding of a big hug! It means "I'm so happy to see you! How 'ya doing?!" Don't ever rush him when he's being sooo polite and pleasant!

"Happy Beak": It's late, he's eaten, he's played, he's cuddled, he's more or less ready for bed - and you hear a funny grinding grating sound advent from your bird. This is a total contentment, relaxed, happy behavior. I in point of fact met a big name once who ostensible to "hate" that sound! To me, it's music to my ears - it means my kids have had a great day and are ready to go night-night for sweet dreams!

Regurgitation: You're loving on your buddy when all of a sudden, he starts to bob, then deposits a warm gob of in some measure digested food onto you! Well, you've just been paid the maximum compliment your parrot can pay you!! This is how parrots say "I love you madly, for ever and ever - you're mine!!" Please, don't act grossed out, or make faces, or laugh, or run away. Easily say "I love you, too!" and give him a rub!

There's lots more behaviors an postures our companion birds use to articulate their moods, needs, and feelings to us. When you start to pay interest to your friend's many ways in which he communicates with you, you'll certainly ascertain some elite and exclusive ones that will go a log way in enabling the two of you to get along better, strengthen your bond, and endow with insight into his own inimitable personality!

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Your Parrot Place
Marilu Anderson, Bird Food and Activities Consultant, (503) 771-BIRD. Marilu is a consistent contributor to the Your Parrot Place Newsletter. YourParrotPlace. com - Only the Best for Your Parrot!

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