Decoding Your Pet Bird’s Behavior

Decoding Your Pet Bird’s Behavior

Similar to color patterns, birds have numerous behaviors that they use in their daily living and survival. Some behaviors are instinctive, while others are learned in captivity. In the wild, birds utilize their natural instinctive behavior when interacting with other birds. Some natural behaviors are also important in terms of survival. On the other hand, learned behaviors are often used as a way to adjust to domesticated lifestyle.

In order to fully understand and appreciate your pet bird, it is important to know all of its behaviors and tendencies. Often, bird behaviors can be interpreted. When done correctly, owners will be able to understand the needs and wants of their pet, which usually results in positive things for both parties. To build a stronger relation, it is best to have certain knowledge about the most common behaviors of your pet.

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Dominant Nature

In the wild, birds are commonly seen in flocks. They do almost everything together such as hunting food and finding ways to survive the daily risks presented by their living environment. The flock has a leader, which everyone needs to follow to maintain unity and order.

Most birds have a tendency to be dominant. The problem with this fact is when the bird is kept in captivity. Clearly, domesticated birds will become followers of their human owners. A dominant bird will probably develop bad habits and behaviors such as making screeching sounds and showing aggressiveness towards people.

As a solution, you should effectively show the bird that you are its master and your commands must be followed. You can do this by first earning its trust. Never shout or show negative reactions to your pet because doing so will just create the idea that you are more of an enemy rather than a friend. In addition, birds are very sensitive animals and they usually have a long memory in terms of negative emotions. Instead, spend many hours of interaction and playtime with your pet. Always hold it in a position where your chest and shoulders are above its head. Doing this will give it the idea that you are more dominant. Allowing your pet to stay in a position above your shoulders ad head encourages dominance.

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Preening

Preening is a natural behavior that occurs when your pet strokes the feathers using its beak. This is commonly done to groom and clean its body. This behavior is very important as it keeps the feathers clean and soft. In fact, there are some bird species that splash water to their bodies before preening.

It is best to leave your pet alone whenever you see this behavior. Only provide assistance in cleaning whenever the dirt on its feathers and body is extreme. Damp a soft cloth in lukewarm water and gently wipe off the dirt from the body using light strokes.

Feeding Behaviors

Feeding is one of the most important factors in your pet’s daily activities. It is important to maintain proper behavior every feeding session to prevent leftovers. In addition, your pet may show signs of excitement and anticipation as it expects food. These signs include bobbing of the head and constant movements of the feet. It is very important to control these behaviors to maintain discipline.

These feeding behaviors are usually affected by factors such as a change in the weather, season or time of the day. Another effective way to keep discipline and order during and after feeding sessions is to set a certain feeding time that must be followed every day. Furthermore, some birds are messy eaters while others feed with less enthusiasm, which is why it is very important to maintain discipline and order all the time.

Playing

Another very vital factor in your pet’s life is regular playtime. Playing allows birds to exercise their bodies and develop their minds. Aside from spending daily bonding time with your pet, it is also important to provide toys to further make playtime fun and exciting. Simple cardboard boxes or plastic balls are enough to keep your pet engaged and satisfied. A large cage is also highly recommended to allow your pet to move around freely and comfortable even if inside its enclosure.

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