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Old 01-27-2019, 08:40 PM
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Body Language HELP

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I'm new to the large parrot and Amazon world. We recently brought one home from a rescue after his owner died. Can anyone help me with what this body language might be saying? He does it VERY OFTEN for a few seconds at a time. He occasionally hisses when he's doing it. I am assuming its fear based but my lack of experience still has me wondering.

He does it even when no one is near him. We can be sitting 10 feet away and he will do it, the dogs can walk by his cage (they walk gently and ignore him) and he does it, even when his chosen person walks by he will do it.

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Re: Body Language HELP

Hello and welcome! We’ve got quite the Amazon community, so you’ll get an answer pretty quickly. I’m not Ana amazon snob so I’m of no help. But do have a question? As body language is better observed on a video than a photo. What exactly is he doing here? Is he flapping? Dropping his wings down by his side and just sitting there?
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Hang in there! We have a pile of Amazon experts(snobs) here! Advice is on the way!
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Re: Body Language HELP

It is a little hard to see what he is doing because the picture is sideways. Is he low to the perch with fluttering wings and pinned eyes? Mine does this when he wants attention. It is almost saying " Come over here, or I am coming over there!"
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It is a little hard to see what he is doing because the picture is sideways. Is he low to the perch with fluttering wings and pinned eyes? Mine does this when he wants attention. It is almost saying " Come over here, or I am coming over there!"

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What he does is he hunkers down low to his perch, wings out but not flapping just hovering there, his head is low to almost as if he is ready for flight. Eyes are usually pinned.
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Re: Body Language HELP

That is exactly what Sam does. I think it is kind of begging behavior. He wants something. Usually, Sam wants attention. He does it all the time, and when we go over to him, he stops. He sometimes kind of growls as well. He does it a lot when my husband comes home because they play rough together with bells and ropes, and Sam loves that. I really think he wants something. Try talking soft, or maybe giving a treat. See what happens.
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Old 01-28-2019, 10:33 AM
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Re: Body Language HELP

This might make sense now Anita Thanks!

I guess in his last home he would ride the dog around the house. When our dogs come in the room he does this. He also does it for his favorite person a lot when he sees him. I'll give the treat and talking a try see how he responds.
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Re: Body Language HELP

I was so off on my first guess LOL (which is why I said I had no idea---yay for helpful Amazon owners!)
Now that I think about it, my cockatoo does something like this ---it looks a bit different, but it's like her version of "I'm thinking about flying because I'm so excited about what I see." Her wings don't stick out that far though, so it's almost unrecognizable in comparison.
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Re: Body Language HELP

I assumed it had to be territorial or something as well Noodles! I figured he was trying to look big and intimidating (which it does) in an attempt to scare us away. We will continue to feel this out as an excitement behavior and see what it comes to.
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Re: Body Language HELP

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It is a little hard to see what he is doing because the picture is sideways. Is he low to the perch with fluttering wings and pinned eyes? Mine does this when he wants attention. It is almost saying " Come over here, or I am coming over there!"
As so well stated above; "Come over here, or I am coming over there!"

Understanding Amazon Body Language is a mandatory requirements for a happy life with an Amazon! They expect you to know their language! You will be well rewarded by putting in the effort to learn the basics (See the Amazon Forum, the Second Thread highlighted in Light Blue) Understanding Amazon Body Language.

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