Ever wonder what your parakeet is thinking? You're not alone. Understanding parakeet body language can be a little tricky, but with the right knowledge and understanding of parakeets, you'll know when he's feeling happy and healthy or when he needs attention.
This article will explain 15 behaviors all parakeet owners should be aware of so that you can better care for your parakeet companion!
- Flapping Wings
- Bowed Head
- Attack Stance
- Shaking Head
- Shaking Wings – Learning Forward
- Opening And Closing Beak
- Beak Clicking
- Tail Fanning
- Beak Grinding
What Is Ruffling?
Parakeets have many ways of dealing with stress, anxiety, and tension. When feeling tense or stressed out, they will perform a quick feather ruffle to release the energy pent up in their body by shaking off any dust that may be on them.
After preening themselves, they also fluff their feathers, so all the particles from dirt removed during grooming fall away, just like when we take time for ourselves before moving onto our next task.
However, if your parrot stays fluffed after doing this, then it might not feel well since prolonged duration can indicate illness or chilliness, among other factors.
2. Flapping Wings
Understanding Why Your Parakeet Is Flapping Its Wings.
If your parakeet is clipped, wing-flapping will be especially common behavior. Whilst on his perch pr clung onto the cage; you might notice your bird flapping away.
Flapping its wings is a great form of exercise for your bird and can suggest that he lacks attention or requires more enrichment and activity in his life.
3. Bowed Head
What Does It Mean When Your Parakeet Bows His Head?
When a parakeet bows or bobs his head continuously, it is usually a sign of attention-seeking. However, head bowing is also a characteristic of an ill parakeet.
If your parakeet is exhibiting this behavior and you are unsure as to what the root cause is, it is best to monitor the parakeet closely and observe him for other symptoms.
4. Attack Stance
When Your Parakeet Shows an Attack Stance, What Does It Mean?
A parakeet who is frightened or angered will adopt a different stance that we usually see from our pets: the attack position. The following characteristics belong in the attack stance category, look out for them!
- Swaying from side to side
- standing tall and facing you
- fanning its tail
- hissing or spitting
- crouching with its beak open
- fluffing up feathers
These are common displays of aggression for pet parrots and parakeets. It can be very alarming but try not to worry too much.
5. Shaking Head
Why Your Parakeet Shakes His Head
If your parakeet has been shaking its head a lot recently, this could be a sign of an ear infection or a nasal infection.
I know what you are thinking; “wait, what… do parakeets have ears?”
Pay close attention to other behavior to determine if this is the case.
If Your Parakeet Bobs, What Does It Mean?
A parakeet who is bobbing might be a sign of boredom. However, sometimes parakeets are just dancing when they are bobbing!
It is important to differentiate between parakeets that are bobbing for fun and parrots that have an illness.
7. Shaking Wings And Leaning Forward
Why Your Parakeet Might Be Shaking Its Wings And Leaning Forward.
When a bird is about to take flight, it will often shake its wings and stare at you.
Why Is My Bird Shivering?
Your bird could be shivering as he is scared, this is common in new birds who have been introduced to a new environment. Another reason for shivering could be excitement or a signal that your bird is ready to breed!
9. Opening And Closing Beak
Your bird could be opening and closing his beak for a number of reasons. We have detailed all of these reasons in the post below, be sure to read up on this behavior in more depth there!
What Does Eye-Pinning Mean?
Eye-pinning is a parakeet behavior that means your parrot is either feeling threatened and frightened or extremely excited.
It's not uncommon for parrots to have eye pins during playtime, but it can also be an indication that he might be preparing to bite you.
It is very hard to tell, and sometimes it seems like it could go either way, unfortunately.
Why Your Parakeet Is Stretching.
Parakeets stretch for the same reasons that we humans do: to loosen up their muscles and joints.
You might notice your pet stretching one wing and leg on the same side at the same time- like something right out of yoga! This common feathered move is called “mantling.”
12. Beak Clicking
What Does Parakeet Beak Clicking Mean?
In some cases, parakeet beak clicking is a sign of joy and excitement when parrots are playing with each other.
Parakeets can sometimes get over-excited in the company of other birds, so to show that they're having fun, they will click their beaks together repeatedly.
The playful sound resonates through the bird's body because that organ is large and hollow inside where the tongue resides.
Likewise, beak clicking could be a sign of terror, which could be caused by any number of things.
If your parakeet is clicking his beak a lot, it might mean that he's feeling anxious or scared, and you should try to reduce the stimulants in your environment to settle it.
13. Tail Fanning
Why Your Parakeet Is Tail Fanning?
Birds can use their tail feathers as a tool to express various emotions. When the bird lifts its tail and spreads it out, this is often an indication that they are excited or aroused in some way.
If you see them fanning their feathers while preening themselves, then there might be something stuck on them like food particles or fecal matter from earlier meals.
Birds will also do this if they encounter an aggressor during mating season, which could mean either imminent attack or it may just signify posturing where both parties prepare but ultimately back down without incident taking place at all.
14. Beak Grinding
What Is Beak Grinding And Why Do Birds Do It?
Beak grinding is a behavior that many bird species partake in. Birds will often rub their beaks together or on the ground in order to sharpen or condition the beak.
What Do Parakeets Do When They Preen?
Preening is a highly common bird behavior that is all about good hygiene.
When your parakeet is preening, he is taking care of his feathers and making sure that they are all clean by removing dirt and excess oils with his beak.
Some parakeets might be preening more than others, but this does not mean anything in particular about their health or well-being.
So there you have it, 15 important parakeet body language behaviors that all parakeet owners should know and be aware of.
In the future, when you see your parakeet acting in a particular way, we hope you remember or refer back to this article!