AG behaviour

my grey keeps dropping his wings and making funny noises when hes on my lap

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Nov 30, 2011
Baby sounds
by: Jacqui

My african grey is 4 years old but sometimes he will walk up and down with his wings pread and make sounds like a baby, he will nibble my finger and bow his head down, why does he do this? Like I said he is 4 years old

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Oct 18, 2011
my grey keeps dropping his wings and making funny noises
by: bill

hi linda thank you for the info you sent it was very informative, the problem is my grey is two years old and i would imagen fully weaned. i have only had him a few weeks, i rescued him from a couple that are in a violent relationship and was always shaking for the first week or so, but is now starting to develop a cheeky personality. I would love to know why he does this

Oct 14, 2011
Mating behavior?
by: Anonymous

I think it's mating behavior. My CAG does that sometimes whn he feels loving. He lowers his wings and makes strange noises.

Oct 09, 2011
AG behaviour
by: Linda

Depending on how young your bird is, this sounds like baby bird behavior. If your bird is 4 months old or less, then it may not be fully weaned. Baby birds usually revert back to needing to be handfed when tbey are moved. Hopefully yours is eating well on his own, but if not, you'll need to find a breeder in your area to help you learn how to handfeed baby parrot formula with a syringe. It is a learned skill, so take bird to Avian Vet and have them help you if you can't find an AG breeder in your area. People breeding Amazons or other similarly size birds can also help you.

Anyone reading this needs to understand about so called weaned baby parrots. Though they may appear to be weaned at breeders or pet store, if they are still very young, they revert back to being a baby needing to be handfed when they are moved. This is because they are afraid, and their most safe times were when they were being handfed, so when faced with a new situation with new people, they will need to be handfed at least once or twice a day. Amazons, Greys and other similarly sized birds use a 60cc/ml size syringe, and they eat all one syringe will hold at one meal. All freshly weaned baby parrots need this extra feeding, and pet stores or breeders may take your money and not tell you this very important information. So I'm doing it here. I've had to do this with many baby birds and Cockatoos and Macaws wean later than other birds, so very young Toos and Macaws have to be handfed at least once or twice a day even if they appear to be weaned. They do not become fully weaned before 5-6 months. The breeders turn them out too soon, and this causes many emotional problems with these big birds on down the line. African Greys stay babies longer too, so should be handfed longer. Breeders want money, and they want it now, so will sell birds before it is time, and then you all have to try and figure out what the problem with eating may be. It makes me very upset about and worried for the well being of countless birds. This reverting back to needing to be handfed is true for all the larger birds including Amazons, Greys, Meyers and so on all the way up to the Toos and Macaws. When you see lack of appetite, bobbing head and opening beak and crying, this is called begging for their formula, so please be prepared for this with very young freshly weaned parrots.

Thanks for writing,

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