Conure flapping wings violently

by Claudia
(Tavares, FL)

Hi! There are times when my green cheeked conure flaps his wings violently when sitting on my shoulder. Sometimes it happens when I am drinking water; sometimes he's just sitting on my shoulder and does it.

Can anyone suggest why he does this?

Thank you.

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Mar 31, 2013
same
by: Anonymous

My conure does the same and shes only 3 months old, we do not have her wings clipped and she still does it, even on my shoulder.

Jan 24, 2012
GC wing flapping
by: Lucy

Haha!! Yes they certainly do!! Absolutely adore ours & he constantly entertains us!!! Ours stands on the kitchen mixer tap & and looks down into the sink when he wants a bath, which always has to be freezing cold!! Gotta love 'em!! :)

Jan 24, 2012
Conure flapping wings violently
by: Claudia

Hi Lucy,

Yes, my conure, Murphy, does the close-to-the-body flapping when he wants attention. As for the "'violent" flapping, it seems that it occurs sometimes when I'm getting water at the sink. So, I get his "bathtub" ready and he often takes a bath.

These birds certainly have personality!

Claudia

Jan 23, 2012
Conure wing flapping
by: Lucy

We were told by our breeder that conures flap their wings close to their body as an attention-getter, that it starts as a baby thing but they keep it through adulthood. That is certainly the case with our GCC and he also does it when he's really happy & content :)

Jan 22, 2012
Conure flapping wings violently
by: Claudia

Thank you, Linda and Anonymous, for your responses as to why my conure might be flapping his wings violently--basically, for exercise. That makes sense since I keep his wings clipped.

Claudia

Jan 20, 2012
Conure flapping wings violently
by: Linda

Birds like to stand still and flap their wings. It does not mean anything except they like to do it and it's good exercise. Also, I strongly suggest you train bird NOT to sit on your shoulder as some very serious injuries have happened to people who insist on keeping parrot on shoulder. This gives the bird too many places to strike if they decide to--eyes, nose, ears, mouth and face. Keep all parrots off shoulders.

Your bird may appear to be very docile, and it is when they are frightened by something or do not like some human that comes close to you where you'll see the attacking behavior. This is called displaced aggression, and if they can't bite the one they want to bite, they will bite you. So, train bird to stay off shoulder for your own safety and that of your family.

Linda

Jan 20, 2012
Conure flapping wings
by: Anonymous

Are you sure he just isn't "test flying?" Mine does that too, on his outside perch (but not on my shoulder.)

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