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Wing Flipping

Eddie does this thing and it has been happening more and more often. He sits on the very front perch of his cage leaning forward with his wings flipping up and down. He only seems to do it if people are around or if someone walks in the front door. If I poke my head in when no one has been in his room for a while, he is sitting there playing with his toys. The behaviour is becoming more regular, with him doing it while he is out of his cage now. Is this possibly a diet related thing, or is he just excited? I have also heard of 'wing quivering', what is the difference?

The behaviour is very similar to this bird. YouTube - Tango wing flipping
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Re: Wing Flipping

Hey there Ben, also flips her wings, when people are around.
I always thought it was because she is seeking attention and was excited. Perhaps they are coming sexual active, I must investigate this further. Hopefully it's not dietry related.
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Re: Wing Flipping

Oh thaty poor Ecky on youtube he looks terrible. The below link discribes wing flipping, it doesn't sound like what Eddie is doing?
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Re: Wing Flipping

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Oh thaty poor Ecky on youtube he looks terrible. The below link discribes wing flipping, it doesn't sound like what Eddie is doing?
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Re: Wing Flipping

Jade and Ruby do something similar...we call it "baby wing". It's usually accompanied with "baby noise" which is a muted throaty squawk. Basically, they just kind raise their wings a bit at the shoulder a couple times. No full wing extension but a bit away from their bodies. It's what baby birds do to beg for food. Does that sound like what Eddie's doing? It makes sense if it's only when people are around...he's begging for attention. Don't let that make you feel like he isn't getting enough, Jade and Ruby do this even in the middle of petting/scritching/treat giving.
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Re: Wing Flipping

Depending on your bird's age it could also be mating behavior. It is hard to tell exactly what it is unless you take your bird to a vet for a diagnosis. Here is an example of mating behavior but with a grey:


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Re: Wing Flipping

The video you posted of the plucked eckkie is actually wing quivering not flipping. The bird hopefully received some vet care.
Flipping or popping of the wings in eckkies can be due to many reasons. My concern for your bird is that you say it seems to be occuring more often. This is a very exhausting behavior that can actually effect the birds sleep pattern causing more problems. So many things can cause it. Bacterial infections, metal toxicity and an over abundance of rich foods as well as certain pelleted diets. Absolutely no artificial colored parrots for eckkies. Here is a link describing wing flipping. It actually makes a popping noise. I highly recommend you take your eckkie in for a vet check and blood test. Land of Vos - General Care and Information Articles/Talk/Weaning/Aloe/General/Entertainment=
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Re: Wing Flipping

Thanks for responses all. Looks like I might have a bit of a problem on my hands here. lol never stops with these guys, everything seems to be going 'haywire' recently. I feel like a terrible guardian, I must be doing something wrong

SB, it is not like what is in the video of the AG. It is more of a stressed/excited look with quick little flips and pinned eyes (not aggressive though). You did get me thinking about something else that has increased too, that I should have mentioned and that is mating behaviour. Eddie in the past will often regurgitate for us, but not all the time. Now I can't seem to handle him without him wanting to share his last meal with me, and lets just say get a little more friendly than we would like. Eddie is 3 1/2 yo btw.

I am trying to keep him to a solar schedule, but it is difficult when I get home in the late afternoon and that is the only time I can really spend with him - after the sun has gone down. My household is quite busy too, so even though I may be able to get it dark and cover his cage, there are plenty of noises that will keep him awake. I try to cover them so they get 8-10 hours sleep, but how much sleep they actually get is a big
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Re: Wing Flipping

Wing quivering is like fluttering, a movement that is soft and without sound. Wing flipping makes a sudden noise - I would not call it popping but I don't know how to explain it either, I think it sounds more like a hand clap than a pop. It is not a hormonal behavior in ekkies. It is thought to be due to an inaappropiate diet, most often because of too high protein which is always a problem with ekkies and which will also bring them into breeding condition (his regurgitating all the time is definitely a hormonal thing). So, I suggest you re-evaluate his diet because the next step could be toe tapping and/or feather destructive behavior. Ekkies are not easy birds to keep healthy and happy.
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Re: Wing Flipping

Aw poor Eddie I hope everything is ok for him. Have you taken him to the vet for a check -up yet?
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