Putting Happy on Cue With YOUR Parrot – How to Do It

Posted by Jamieleigh on

 

I’ve read some of the comments that came in from my breakthrough with Alexandrine Parakeet Rasta by putting happy on cue with him. The comments seemed to be summed up to one problem: people seemed confused about what made THEIR parrot happy.

 

So I thought I’d make a list of things that define an universally happy bird…

 

  1. Shakin’ a tail feather. When parrots shake their tail feathers it’s a sign of contentment. 
  2. Scratching their heads. Parrots do this and are focused on only the task at scratching, it’s not emotionally negative. 
  3. Perching on one foot. When birds shift their weight onto one foot and sit fluffed up on a perch, it means they are very content and happy. 
  4. Beak grinding. When birds grind their beaks it’s also a sign of being content and happy. 
  5. Other – specific to your bird. Some birds talk when they’re happy, but others talk aggressively so you need to pay attention to the other things your bird does along with some behaviors to make sure you aren’t accidentally putting a different emotion on cue.

 

How do you know when your bird is happy? Does it preen? Does it fluff up? Yawning is okay to put on cue as well, rewarding anything that isn’t a negative response or aggressive response is great. Watching your bird to figure out what happy truly is to it will help you discover – and ask around with people who have the same species of bird you do and see what makes their bird happy.

 

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3 comments

  • My severe macaw Lucy gets mean when she hears the Taylor Swift song “Mean” otherwise she shows all of those happy signs.

    colleen on
  • “Perching on one foot. When birds shift their weight onto one foot and sit fluffed up on a perch, it means they are very content and happy”
    I don’t think it means anything, because my little boy after the veterinary he always do this and he hate the vet. I believe he fight so much with his legs against the vet that he want rest his muscle. And we humans normally put the weight in one leg.

    Aracelli on
  • My little conure loves music, and watching his fsvorite programme on the telly.Best of all, he
    always enjoys enjoys whistling along with me when he hears me singinging – and I have a pretty
    awful voice!

    Patsy Jessup on

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