Pet Birds React to Moods and Energy Levels

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Most animal lovers firmly believe that their pets respond to their warm loving touch, but quite a few owners are blissfully unaware of just how much our pets are aware of. This is also the case with pet birds, especially parrots, which respond almost instantly to the mood or energy levels of the human who is handling them.

As it turns out, parrots are generally more comfortable with people who feel comfortable around them. If you are tense, aggressive or panicky, the bird is likely to pick up on that and become tense itself. How do they pick up on our moods? Our energy levels fluctuate according to our moods and a change in our energy levels can have a massive impact on any bird we might be handling at the time. If the parrot is being handled by a person who is frustrated, angry, depressed or aggressive, they can become fearful of that particular person and react in an often aggressive manner. They are not attacking the handler because they have a distinct dislike for that person – only a distinct dislike for the way that person makes them feel. So before you get ready to discipline a bird or to label it as a biter or a bad-mannered creature, you might want to consider what sort of ‘vibe’ you’re giving off and if it might be making the bird uncomfortable. Often becoming almost submissive with aggressive birds that are unfamiliar with you can have an almost immediate effect on their behavior. You need to give them time to get used to you and understand you before you worry about them trying to express dominant behavior. When meeting a new bird for the first time, it is often best to take a few deep breaths and calm yourself before you attempt to handle it.

Calming yourself is also something worth considering in a disaster situation. If, for example, you live in an area that regularly suffers from earthquakes, you will want to ensure that you are calm before going to check on your birds and make sure that you are ok. Entering the room in a panicked state will only make the birds more panicky in a situation that has already been very stressful for them. It is far better to take a few moments to calm yourself down, enter the room and quietly hum or talk to yourself while engaging in quiet activities in the vicinity of the cages. This will usually help the birds to regain their composure quicker and they will soon be feeling much better and may even end up chattering quite happily in their cages. Clearly how you feel will have a big effect on how your birds feel, so next time you get ready to spend time with your feathered friends, take a moment to consider your mood to ensure that your bird enjoys you as much as you enjoy it.


One Response to “Pet Birds React to Moods and Energy Levels”
  1. Hi, I have a pet bird that is a pocket parrot named Zoni…She is a living doll and so beautiful with green feathers and blue mixed in, especially around the eyes and under the wings.
    I can take her out of her cage and she will sit on my shoulder all day but if I try to get her to get back on my finger to put her in her cage she will bite the you know what out of my fingers or my hand. She loves to hang on the front of my shirt and I can walk up to the cage and trick her into going in like this. She loves to hang on when I’m playing the piano. She loves to play on my bed in a pile of coins of all sizes. She is basically a good bird except for the biting. Can you give me some ideas on how to stop the biting? I would sure appreciate any help I can get on this matter. She is 6 years old.
    Thank you so much,
    Jeanie Herring

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