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Old 01-20-2016, 10:46 AM
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Re: Amazon body language

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I didn't want to quote Mark's entire post that started this thread, but it's helped amazingly with our curmudgeonly 40 year old YNA.
Glad I could be of assistance.
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Old 01-20-2016, 05:27 PM
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I didn't want to quote Mark's entire post that started this thread, but it's helped amazingly with our curmudgeonly 40 year old YNA.
Glad I could be of assistance.
You had given me sound advice last year during breeding season. I kept my distance, didn't let myself get sucked in and have had a few really nice moments with him. We've come a long way.

I let him out and stand with my hand resting on top of his cage when he's climber to the top. I'll gently touch his beak, then stop. Touch, then stop. I let him come to me. I'm willing to risk a nip if I'm not sure, but a great cue is when he nibbles and puts his head down. We scratch a bit then I'll ask him to step up.

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New Year's Eve was amazing. We cuddled for 45 minutes or so. When he was done he flew off.
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Re: Amazon body language

Marks post is also helping me to understand my White Fonted Amazon and what he is trying to say to me and has given me confidence to aproach him with my hand. Thank you Mark as a new first time Amazon owner I find your post at the beginning of this thread invaluable.
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Old 02-12-2016, 02:41 PM
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Re: Amazon body language

OK, I reread the post, and noticed Monty does something not on the list.

Occasionally when he gets excited (and sometimes when being spray bathed), he gets erect, picks his wings up halfway, and starts waddling around making a unique "girr-up" sound. He may then flap his wings a few times, but keep them out and "girr-up" a few more times.

He seems happy and excited when he does this - and he doesn't seem aggressive (at least not manifested through biting, etc). The other day, he did the "girr-up" on his playstand a few times, flew to me, stood on my shoulder and hit me in the head a few times with his wing, held his wings part open and girruped, marched from one shoulder to the other via my chest (I was slouched in the chair), girruped a few more times, then one of this kids came and retrieved him.

What's up with this? It's charming, but I have zero idea what he's trying to tell me.
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Old 02-12-2016, 02:51 PM
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Re: Amazon body language

Two of my zons do what I call the "happy flappy" when they're getting baths... which is essentially flapping the wings, and screaming the second the water hits them, or in some cases, the second they see the shower turned on...

KIWI still does the "I'm flapping in a direction away from the shower" routine.

That's the opposite of the "happy" flappy.

That's the "I'm gettin' outta here" flappy.

Grr-upp sounds like your bird's version of the happy flappy.
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Thanks Mark.

Happy-flappy it is!

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Re: Amazon body language

When Monty does this, are his movements almost in slow-mo? My Sam does it more so than my Hunter (female). I actually have to REALLY watch him when he does it in slow-mo (same GRRR sound you describe), because he may either be over-excited or he's about to get REALLY happy.

Here's Sam bathing, making the sound. and doing the wing thing...is this it?

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Re: Amazon body language

Hey Wendy,

Nope, it's all regular motion, though he will hold his wings open once they're out. It's kind of an "hold open-girr-up-flap rapidly-hold open-girr up" kind of cycle. Not really a GRRRR, more of a comedic noise.

When I've seen him get over-excited, it's a bit the opposite. He turns into a silently rapid bite-machine. Then he gets the scoop and stuff into his cage until he calms down.

He's only about 8 months old, so safe to assume he's way too young to get REALLY happy?
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Re: Amazon body language

So I guess it's not a bad thing when my Zon puffs up, he puffs up on his perch and raises one leg inside his feathers. Sometimes it appears he shivers, yet I keep it around 74-75 degrees in here. :P
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Re: Amazon body language

Kristin, both my Amazons sleep on one foot, head tucked in their back. It's perfectly normal. And no, your baby is not cold at that temperature. We keep our house at 68 in the winter - no issues.
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