Parrot Forum Header Left  
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > Species Specific > Congo & Timneh Greys

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 04-10-2019, 03:07 PM
DRB's Avatar
DRB DRB is offline
Senior Member
Parrots:
Perjo - Female CAG hatch Nov 2015
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Ohio
Thanks: 102
Thanked 809 Times in 417 Posts
DRB is on a distinguished road
Greys and mirrors

Sponsored Links
Figured Id ask here instead of a general forum since my Perjo is a Grey and different species have different personality characteristics.

I put Perjo in front of a couple different mirrors once or twice a week. She responds by leaning toward the mirror and sometimes touching with her beak or tongue. Shes never made a sound when in front of the mirror though.

Im curious as to others experiences with Greys and mirrors.

I know she understands its a Grey shes looking at just not sure if she realizes its heraelf or that something is up with this other bird in the reflection mimicking her movements.

Also like to know if theres anything to expect as they get accustomed to a mirror?
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 04-10-2019, 04:17 PM
AmyMyBlueFront's Avatar
Supporting Member
Parrots:
Amy a Blue Front 'Zon Jonesy a Goffins 'Too who had to be rehomed :-( And a Normal Grey Cockatiel named BB who came home with me on 5/20/2016.
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Connecticut
Thanks: 4,791
Thanked 7,024 Times in 2,930 Posts
AmyMyBlueFront is on a distinguished road
Re: Greys and mirrors

Smokey had a smallish stainless steel mirror in her cage. At times she'd bang it around or make kissy sounds at it. Sometimes at bed time she would place it between her arm and neck and rub her hear against it. She liked her mirror!


Jim
__________________
Amy my beautiful Blue Front. Who was four months old when she picked me to go home with to her "forever" home in 4/1990.. DNA'd MALE in 2015
Jonesy, a cute Goffin 'too
that had to be rehomed :-(

And a Grey 'teil, BB...a.k.a. The Beebs
that was 18 weeks old 5/20/2016,






Rest in peace,my precious Smokey..4/2015 at 28 years young
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to AmyMyBlueFront For This Useful Post:
Flboy Supporting Member (04-10-2019), Tami2 Supporting Member (04-10-2019)
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 04-10-2019, 04:49 PM
texsize's Avatar
Supporting Member
Parrots:
1 YNA (Bingo) 1 OWA (Plumas R.I.P.) 1 RLA (Pacho R.I.P.) 2 GCA(Luna,Merlin) 1 Congo AG (Bella) 8 Cockatiels
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: so-cal
Thanks: 1,307
Thanked 2,967 Times in 1,181 Posts
texsize is on a distinguished road
Re: Greys and mirrors

My Bella never had much reaction to mirrors. She only sees them in the bathroom.
If I hold her up next to the mirror she with touch/tap her beak on the mirror as if to check to make sure it's solid.

I don't think any of my Fids have much of a reaction to mirrors. I never put one in the Tiels cage cuz none of them are alone.
__________________
cockatiel family :
Lucky (M pied)
Baby (M pied)
Pinky (F lutino)
Sunny mother (cinnamon)
Cheeky father (whitface)
Angel (eldest lutino F)
Mango (middle pearl F)
Popeye (male grey M)
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to texsize For This Useful Post:
Tami2 Supporting Member (04-10-2019)
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 04-10-2019, 07:26 PM
Tami2's Avatar
Supporting Member
Parrots:
Levi - 3 yr old CAG DOH-4/2/2016
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: New Jersey~USA
Thanks: 4,313
Thanked 2,692 Times in 930 Posts
Tami2 is on a distinguished road
Re: Greys and mirrors

When I first got Levi I read somewhere that mirrors were not advisable for Greys. I don't remember where I read that, but it stated it could bring out negative/undesirable behaviors. So, I never bought one for his cage. However, he has been in front of mirrors and never flew into them trying to attack it. But, if I get close enough he'll smack his beak against it like he does on the windows when he chases the local birds. He doesn't bang too hard, but it's not a gentle tap either.

Jim, I think that's adorable that Smokey would snuggle w/ her reflection. Too darn cute.
__________________
~Tami
This is my Levi, my luv 🐦💙
http://www.parrotforums.com/incredib...i-diaries.html

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Tami2 For This Useful Post:
AmyMyBlueFront Supporting Member (04-11-2019), Flboy Supporting Member (04-10-2019)
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 04-13-2019, 01:48 AM
Senior Member
Parrots:
Sunny a female B&G macaw; Japie (m) & Appie (f), both are congo african grey; All are rescues- had to leave their previous homes for 'reasons', are still in contact with them :)
Join Date: May 2018
Location: NL= the Netherlands, Europe
Thanks: 4,317
Thanked 7,660 Times in 2,740 Posts
ChristaNL is on a distinguished road
Re: Greys and mirrors

I remember reading Irene Pepperbergs story (Alex & Me) of how Alex was placed in front of a mirror (by accident- they were planning to introduce one to him/her in a scientific controlled way) and Alex immediately wanted to know "what colour" he/she was.


The greys here just see themselves in the bathroom mirror regularly and are not really interested.
They look and just shrug it off "nothing special to see here, just me ... moving on".
(Sunny will actively try and steer me towards one and just stare at herself.)
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 04-15-2019, 07:34 AM
LordTriggs's Avatar
Senior Member
Parrots:
Rio (Yellow sided conure) sadly no longer with us
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Surrey, UK
Thanks: 2,413
Thanked 4,042 Times in 2,087 Posts
LordTriggs is on a distinguished road
Re: Greys and mirrors

you could always attempt the "spot test" to see if he works it out. Was done on a lot of different animals, essentially you get a mark put on them on their head. When placed in front of the mirror if they touch the spot on themselves it means they understand it's a reflection, if not then they think it's another animal. Pretty much all primates, pigs and they found some crows understood, so wouldn't surprise me if parrots could understand it
Reply With Quote
Reply

Lower Navigation
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > Species Specific > Congo & Timneh Greys
Remove Ads

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mirrors???? JamJar Parrot Toys 18 03-04-2015 06:51 AM
Do Greys love mirrors? lotosha Congo & Timneh Greys 5 12-14-2012 08:26 AM
mirrors,,? Mare Miller Cockatoos 2 11-24-2011 09:23 AM
Mirrors Spiritbird Behavioral 13 01-15-2010 02:29 PM
Mirrors and men Hannah Amazons 17 06-14-2009 05:53 PM



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.