Photo by Dave Location: Orlando, Florida In Flight: Galah "Bandit"
Speaking from personal experience with a variety of birds, I believe the strongest bond you can create with your bird is through flight training. Baby birds in the nest learn how to fly from their parents and that is what they want to achieve from the second they are born. Instinctively, they know they are supposed to be able to fly.
I’d compare it to teaching your newborn how to walk – it’s a powerful experience for both you and your bird and one that will stay with you both. It’s really something special to feel a part of their “flock”. They call to you, fly to you and just truly rely on you as their flock mate. There’s no better feeling than knowing without a doubt your bird enjoys your company and just wants to be with you. This is entirely achieved through the proper kind of flight training. Don’t deny your bird its freedom to fly – not just for health reasons but for emotional and physiological reasons as well. Birds that can fly are easier to socialize, eat healthier, are much more active and are stronger than those who are clipped and never given the chance. Their muscles are given the proper chance to develop, while they also care for their plumage more carefully and crave the nutrients from healthy foods. Videos of birds flying worth taking a look at - https://www.youtube.com/user/BirdTricks
Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.