Understanding Your Bird's Behavior

Though almost all birds or species react differently to different things, it has been proven that there is a general similarity in the actions and meanings of basic bird behaviors. Try your best to distinguish what your bird is telling you, and respond accordingly.

Watch what your bird does in different surroundings:

  • Flashing or Dilating Pupils: This can be a sign of aggression, excitement, nervousness, or pleasure. Pay close attention to other signs your bird might give you in order to find out which behavior they are tying to display. For instance, if your bird’s eyes are dilating due to aggressiveness, they will probably be fanning their tail as well.
  • Clicking Of The Tongue: This behavior generally means something along the lines of “I want to be friendly, I won’t hurt you.” This is mostly seen in cockatiels and cockatoos.
  • Beak Grinding: This sound is similar to a child grinding their teeth at night. It’s usually a sign of contentment and feeling secure. This will often be heard after your bird falls asleep for the night.
  • Whistling And Talking: When a bird is whistling or talking, it usually means they feel safe, secure, and content in their surroundings. This will happen mostly in the morning when the sun comes up, and at night when the sun is setting.
  • Panting: A panting bird is overheated, overexerted, and uncomfortable. Birds that aren’t used to flying will often do this when they take their first few flights. Non flighted birds that are panting should be given plenty of fresh water, and if their cage is in direct sunlight, try moving it to a different spot.
  • Tail Fanning: When a bird fans their tail, it usually means they are feeling upset and angry. This is a prime indicator that the bird will bite if you continue what you were doing to cause the fanning.

Understanding your birds behavior is one of the single most important things you can learn to better bond with your feathered friend.