- Feb 15, 2021
Black capped conures, Duffy and Rocky
Lilac Crowned Amazon, Gemi
Alexandrine Parrot, Worf
My Amazon, Gemi, wags his tongue rapidly from side to side, beak wide open. I’m not sure how to interpret this. It is usually accompanied by eye pinning and shifting balance from one foot to the other. He doesn’t appear to be struggling to breathe or in distress when he does it. Sometimes with him there is a fine line between overexcited and aggressive. I think the tongue wagging falls more into the excited category but wondered if any Amazon folks out there have “tongue waggers”. It is a new behavior. I can’t catch it on video because he hates the phone being pointed at him. As background, he is a rescue in his 20s whom I adopted a couple of months ago. His previous living situation was grim but he is proving to be a very resilient, lovable, and intelligent bird. I can usually read his body language well, but this tongue thing has me scratching my head.