Random thoughts on parrots

Laurasea

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please share yours!

Mine is that the wing shrug greeting, and the one leg and wing stretch, is way for a parrot to say see I'm healthy!! My wings work, i can balance, no injuries here!
 

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Great topic Laura!

Agree, wing stretch appears to be greeting! Some of mine fly, land, and partially extend wings.

"Eat like a bird" to be healthy! Maximize intake of fresh veggies/fruits, cereals, moderate protein and sugars. (easier said than done!)
 

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I would say more of letting us know.
I am relax and you may approach. And when you put your hand out to step-up and they step-up and want a head scratch. That would be the greeting.
 

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please share yours!

Mine is that the wing shrug greeting, and the one leg and wing stretch, is way for a parrot to say see I'm healthy!! My wings work, i can balance, no injuries here!

A different view of the same:

Since the addition of Meisha into my household I have had an appreciated for my ballerina's forms, particularly her arabesque.

Arabesque defined: (French; literally, "in Arabic fashion") in dance, particularly ballet, is a body position in which a dancer stands on one leg—the supporting leg—with the other leg—the working leg—turned out and extended behind the body, with both legs held straight.

In avian dance, the bird exaggerates the form with an outstretched wing over the extended leg.
 

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Hmmm, lots of in flight points!

My favorite is the flighting directly at you and a quick couple wing 'pops' with dropped tail feathers, which results in a near 20" (1/2 meter) direct vertical lift as they 'pop' over you! Landing near by and providing a all too smug look. I can, you can't!
 

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The ruffling of feathers when you suddenly wake a bird up.

Ok,you woke me up this better be good.
 

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Hanging upside down flapping his wings screaming as loud as can be then stopping and looking at like "What:.
 
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I love all your random thoughts on parrots!!!!
I love that they descend from dinosaurs, that tgey are the primates of birds
 

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Me, I like watching Salty as he ramps up, playing with a toy on his play chain. It's usually his long tubular bell. He starts softly talking into it, repeatedly banging it with his beak, the soft vocalizations get louder, more strident until finally he is in full 'Amazon' mode, screaming at it, and then either he launches himself in a short flight, or he attacks a wood toy that he CAN tear apart.
 

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I have thought about starting a thread like this but never came up with a good title.

Buying toys.

When buying toys at the local pet shop, after you have ruled out toys you feel are unsafe.
Go one size bigger.
If you have a budgie get a toy for a Cockatiel.
If you have a Cockatiel get a toy for a Conure.
If you have a Conure get an Amazon toy.
I don’t know how you could upscale a Macaw toy.
 
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I have thought about starting a thread like this but never came up with a good title.

Buying toys.

When buying toys at the local pet shop, after you have ruled out toys you feel are unsafe.
Go one size bigger.
If you have a budgie get a toy for a Cockatiel.
If you have a Cockatiel get a toy for a Conure.
If you have a Conure get an Amazon toy.
I don’t know how you could upscale a Macaw toy.

You are so right!!!! My budgies play with my parrot toys!! Just so true!!

May i add do the same thing with perches!! I put Amazon / macaw size perches for my GCC and Quakers, even the budgies prefer them
 
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Archie does a 360 degree rotation from standing upright on his rope perch, to upside down, back to upright...in like a millisecond. Like a somersault just using his balance.
 

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Archie does a 360 degree rotation from standing upright on his rope perch, to upside down, back to upright...in like a millisecond. Like a somersault just using his balance.

Now that takes talent.
 

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They way they are equal-opportunity in terms of human genders when selecting humans as mates is sort of unique. Don't get me wrong, I know individuals have their own preferences, but as a group, if they confuse a human for a mate, it seems to be pretty much a coin-toss in terms of gender across the board.
 
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My quakers do a hammer peck to defend against me putting a hand in the cage, especially during breeding season. Its just like it sounds they bang their head in my hand, no bite or blood draw. Screeching too. It seems to be their polite way of saying get out 0f here! Now if I reach all the way in I get tge real bite. Also during current breeding season and past ones, is tge launch out if cage for in flight bites. Earlier today I git the hover bite when I opened the cage . I should have taken time to greet them, explain its time to come out. Because even during breeding season they do come out nice when I take time. Away from the cage they are their normal friendly selves.

Do any of you get a hammer peck from your birds, of any species? I'm wondering if its a quaker only type of thing?
 

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My quakers do a hammer peck to defend against me putting a hand in the cage, especially during breeding season. Its just like it sounds they bang their head in my hand, no bite or blood draw. Screeching too. It seems to be their polite way of saying get out 0f here! Now if I reach all the way in I get tge real bite. Also during current breeding season and past ones, is tge launch out if cage for in flight bites. Earlier today I git the hover bite when I opened the cage . I should have taken time to greet them, explain its time to come out. Because even during breeding season they do come out nice when I take time. Away from the cage they are their normal friendly selves.

Do any of you get a hammer peck from your birds, of any species? I'm wondering if its a quaker only type of thing?

Oooh, hammer peck! Never thought of it that way but exactly what some of my flock does to "discipline" me. Usually quick head motion with beak closed, quick tap of the tip on my hand. Mostly done by my untamed female Citron and Goffins patriarch.
 

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For so many of us we spend, hundreds of dollars even thousands of dollars on are feathered freinds.
And for some of us we just have to open the back door.
 
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My quakers do a hammer peck to defend against me putting a hand in the cage, especially during breeding season. Its just like it sounds they bang their head in my hand, no bite or blood draw. Screeching too. It seems to be their polite way of saying get out 0f here! Now if I reach all the way in I get tge real bite. Also during current breeding season and past ones, is tge launch out if cage for in flight bites. Earlier today I git the hover bite when I opened the cage . I should have taken time to greet them, explain its time to come out. Because even during breeding season they do come out nice when I take time. Away from the cage they are their normal friendly selves.

Do any of you get a hammer peck from your birds, of any species? I'm wondering if its a quaker only type of thing?

Oooh, hammer peck! Never thought of it that way but exactly what some of my flock does to "discipline" me. Usually quick head motion with beak closed, quick tap of the tip on my hand. Mostly done by my untamed female Citron and Goffins patriarch.

ok so it is a universal parrot communication. Its so stylized. And really seems to be used in restraint. Telling you to back off idiot, without hurting you.
 

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