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Old 07-23-2019, 09:50 PM
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Re: Can someone explain what this body language means?

Check this thread for Amazon body language tips: Amazon body language
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Old 07-25-2019, 04:17 PM
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Re: Can someone explain what this body language means?

Ours does a more exaggerated version of this. We had her to see a behaviorist and we were told its a form of masturbation. Best to ignore it when it happens, turn away, act as if you never saw etc... They tend to do it when they get excited and excited can be from happy things or irritating things...
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Old 07-28-2019, 10:48 AM
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Re: Can someone explain what this body language means?

First little snippet is a hormonal amazon noise.
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Re: Can someone explain what this body language means?

Tail fanning can signal aggression or fear. You are very early on in your relationship and it is quite possible that your bird is wanting some space/protecting its cage (or that it is hormonal and protecting its cage because that sometimes happens too---especially with males, but not exclusively).
That having been said, without more, it is hard to know exactly. I second what everyone else said about 1. Taking things slow and 2. Head/neck pets ONLY. Any snuggles/stroking/ contact elsewhere on the body can signal hormones and send the bird the wrong idea about your relationship. Dark/shadowy spaces in or around the cage are also a big "no-no" as tunnels, huts, boxes, drawers, hammocks, under furniture, low ledges, under clothing, bedding, piles of paper etc can all stimulate hormones as well and hormones lead to health and behavioral problems in the long run.
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Old 07-28-2019, 11:14 AM
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Re: Can someone explain what this body language means?

Tail fanning, in and of itself, does not necessarily mean anything.

Tail fanning IN CONJUNCTION WITH territorial noises, plus the hunched over line of death dance thing... THAT is aggression.

Tail fanning can also mean HAPPY TO SEE YOU... or pick me up.

It can mean excitement. Which means it can mean OVER EXCITEMENT.

TAIL FANNING IN THIS CASE ACCOMPANIED BY HORMONAL NOISES, WHERE THE BIRD STICKS IT'S BUTT UP IN THE AIR... yeah. Shouldn't have to explain that one. That means "I'm really horny right now." Hormonal.
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Old 07-28-2019, 11:31 AM
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Re: Can someone explain what this body language means?

Quote: Originally Posted by Birdman666 View Post
Tail fanning, in and of itself, does not necessarily mean anything.

Tail fanning IN CONJUNCTION WITH territorial noises, plus the hunched over line of death dance thing... THAT is aggression.

Tail fanning can also mean HAPPY TO SEE YOU... or pick me up.

It can mean excitement. Which means it can mean OVER EXCITEMENT.

TAIL FANNING IN THIS CASE ACCOMPANIED BY HORMONAL NOISES, WHERE THE BIRD STICKS IT'S BUTT UP IN THE AIR... yeah. Shouldn't have to explain that one. That means "I'm really horny right now." Hormonal.
Thank you-- that is why I said "can signal aggression" (not "signals aggression"--followed by, it is hard to know without seeing more). I didn't mean for my statement to sound absolute. That having been said, you did a much better job of explaining it than I did (despite my intentions). The hormonal part seems to be apparent to both of us, so I guess I didn't totally bomb my response.
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Old 07-28-2019, 11:39 AM
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Re: Can someone explain what this body language means?

Don't take anything I said the wrong way.

I took what you were saying and expanded on it.

With zon body language you look for combinations of actions, and that gives you a pretty clear picture of what the bird is trying to tell you.
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Re: Can someone explain what this body language means?

she seems threatened to me, but there's no context for the behavior. coming over her head like that may be scaring her. Try and raise her up so she's on eye level, not above, you. Amazons growl when threatened.
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Re: Can someone explain what this body language means?

I think your bird is randy. It may also be defensive due to the “newness” of your relationship and/or your overhead approach. Or that could just be her normal body position during this phase of, er, foreplay. SassyByrd displays this identical behavior (plus has added more vocal and body movements) whenever we were having a moment with a soft blanket involved. Apparently our “moment” meant something different to the Sass. SassyByrd can be quite the little vixen!
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