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Old 07-23-2019, 10:33 AM
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Can someone explain what this body language means?

I recently got this parrot and she seems to be getting used to my presence, now all of the sudden everytime she sees me she starts to do this and im not sure what it means.
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Re: Can someone explain what this body language means?

I'm not experienced enough to give you an answer other than it looks hormonal. Hopefully more experienced bird keepers will answer your question.

Also, is that her normal cage or is that a travel cage?
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Re: Can someone explain what this body language means?

Hard to know in context. What happens when you try to handle her or put hands inside the cage?
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Re: Can someone explain what this body language means?

Quote: Originally Posted by CallumConure View Post
Also, is that her normal cage or is that a travel cage?
I got her from her previous owners about 5 days ago, and I'm pretty sure they used it as her normal cage. I'm planning on getting her a better cage very soon.
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Re: Can someone explain what this body language means?

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Hard to know in context. What happens when you try to handle her or put hands inside the cage?
She has become more comfortable with me and is allowing me to pet her, she occasionally reaches to either bite or nibble on my hand but im not sure which it is so i pull away before she has the chance. I'm very new to this and still trying to learn their body language.
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Re: Can someone explain what this body language means?

Where are you petting her? Like what parts of the body? It should be head only.
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Old 07-23-2019, 01:34 PM
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Re: Can someone explain what this body language means?

Head only scratches, and against the grain of feathers. Try NOT to jerk your hand away, because parrots use their beak to determine if a perch is solid and reliable, so will almost always mouth a finger, hand or new perch til they are sure. Jerking your hand away tells them 'Nope, not reliable'. You may get a small bite ( but if you own a parrot you WILL get bitten once or twice ). Try not to react if its a bitey. A head dipping and fluttering wings, for my amazon, means pick me up!

Read read read the Amazon Body Language secton on the Amazon sub forum. Several times. Out loud to your new parrot (Amazons love to be read to, in a soft and soothing voice). THen read it again. Also read the other stickie there which is INVALUABLE info on living with , feeding and caring for AMazon parrots ( others too, but mainly 'zons).
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Re: Can someone explain what this body language means?

AND TAKE YOUR TIME or rather THE BIRDS TIME. Dont rush things, do them at the parrots pace. Let her show you how fast to proceed. SOmetimes its 1 step forward, 2 steps back. Find her FAVORITE treat, thats the way to a parrots heart, thru the belly!

And ugh, get a bigger cage and some toys - that cage looks like its for cockateils or parakeets. Good Luck!!
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Re: Can someone explain what this body language means?

Six seconds is a tiny look at a segment of body language.

To me, it appears that your parrot is not hating on you and more likely just a bit uncomfortable with life at the moment (fear of loss home, fear of new person).

Can you set the cage a bit higher. Kind of looks like you are in an over-lording position that may have your Amazon defensive.

Once again, six seconds does not a body language allow full understanding of its statement. But, your Amazon is not in Full, I'm going to kill you mode. And, that is always a good thing.
Regarding a new, much larger Amazon sized cage:
- Take a look at BirdCages4Less.com
- Target a cage with a full height door!!! You will love the access for cleaning, feeding, etc...
- Consider a cage with a top perch as it provides an additional perch area.
- Do Not Surprise Your Amazon with the Cage. Have the two boxes move into your Amazon's space over a couple of days. A day or two later (with your Amazon's help, if possible) take the boxes apart. Boxes = a toy of size for an Amazon! a day or two later, (with the help of your Amazon) assemble the cage. NOTE: I like to assemble the cage upside down on a large towel or two, which allows one to find screws, nuts, etc. that falls and you can turn it around with easy. Set the perch top on after it is turned right side up!
- The above process commonly will have your Amazon far more interested in moving it on that final day - as apposed to hating it!!!
- IMHO: Anytime an Amazon is part of the action, the better for everyone!

Enjoy!!!


FYI: Keep your Amazon off the Floor!!! Will cover this point in detail later!!!
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Re: Can someone explain what this body language means?

Is she a DNA confirmed female? Over the age of 4?

As others have said, 6 seconds is a short video but that right there looks like female amazon seductive/submissive behavior to me. I would not feed into this behavior by touching her (anywhere) when she does this. I would only scratch her neck and head if she extends the neck/head, as that is plutonic friend behavior (to your parrot). Petting her elsewhere sends mixed signals and can trigger hormonal issues. I grew up with a very, um, “free spirited” female amazon and that body language and noises is very similar to hers when she was being ms frisky bird.
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