Saturday, October 13, 2018

Understanding Parrot Instinct

Instincts are an inborn patterns of behaviour or responses to specific situations. Reflexes are part of instinct as well, when something flies at your face you will close your eye. Parrots instincts will remain intact no matter where they live.

Understanding Parrot Instinct

Understanding Parrot Instinct

Parrots are Prey

Parrots can almost see 360 degrees around them and their hearing are excellent, this is all survival tools. Predators are fast and a parrot understands instinctively that it must be faster or die. Animals have a trip or fight instinct and when they are trapped in a cage or their wings are clipped then they have to defend themselves by fighting / biting.

It is vital to not move fast around your parrot, especially children. The fast motion triggers instinct and 10 to 1 you'll get bitten.

Parrots prefer to end up being on the highest spot they may be, that is done instinctually to see predators better. You might discover that your parrot will choose to sit on the best spot in their cage or your home after a bath, they do this because they know they are vulnerable.


Parrots travel in flocks that can range from a handful to hundreds of individuals. There is no flock head but there are family groups of parents and siblings in the vicinity of other family groupings. They help each other stay safe from predators by making an alarm call when something is definitely detected. Large flocks also confuse predators and make it harder to catch.

Parrots that roost in flocks are also safer from nocturnal predators because one bird can warn hundreds with a warning contact. Because parrots are so dependent on other people of the flock for survival, they tend to languish in homes where they dont get enough attention. A lone parrot tends to be a lonely parrot unless its individual guardians give it an extraordinary amount of hands on attention.
Most parrots are incredible tuned in to their flockmates and therefore they have the ability to "read" their keeper.


'Flock Calls' are loud screeches that some types of parrots do instinctively when they are separated from their flock or mate. The scream is intended to carry long distances so that the birds can locate one another. My parrot constantly screams as soon as that I am out of sight and she is left with somebody else, and she does not prevent screaming until I am back. However when I leave and she actually is alone she only screams for a couple of seconds and then carry on playing etc.

Each species has its own "language" as does the same species of parrots living in different places. The language is passed from generation to generations. Parrots of the same species have the same simple vocalizations, but right now there are variations from area to area, kind of like a dialect.

Parrots mostly vocalize in dawn and dusk. Maybe to tell one another good morning and I am great or tell each other I found a spot to sleep, we will never know. This is one region where my parrot is completely different (Indian Ringneck), she sings right through the day and not a single word in the morning or evening? :hud:


Many parrots are coloured so they blend in with their surroundings. Green parrots merge with the canopy of the rainforest, brightly coloured parrots blends in with shadows of dense foliage and their nesting holes. Budgies often have stripes or blocky patterns to blend in with the grasslands. Big white cockatoos merge together if they are in a flock and confuse a predator that needs to be able to distinguish one individual in order to pursue it.


Parrot likewise have love instincts. Parrots show affection to their friends and mates by grooming each others feathers. If a bird sees that his friend provides some feathers that need to be de-sheathed, he has a solid instinct to lovingly chew on the feather sheathe until it is removed. In captivity, parrots will most likely chew off buttons or rip aside zippers on their masters cloths. If your bird does this to you it's not because he thinks it's a good joke, in the parrot's mind he's just showing you some like by 'fixing' your funny looking feathers.

I am sure there are lots more instincts, but I think the above affects us most or are wondered about the most. :lol:

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