Is my Nanday Conure trying to swallow my finger?
by Oskar Timothy Gamble Hansson
(Burnie, Tasmania, Australia)
My Nanday, Freddie (Formerly named after the late, great Freddie Mercury) does what I think, tries to swallow my finger. He likes to beak, it's how he greets me. Especially after learning kissing noises. He likes to beak my fingers in particular.
But recently, about a week ago, he has started to do something really strange. When he puts my finger in his beak, I can briefly feel his gag reflexes making swallowing movements, and he puts my fingertip right at the back of his beak, then starts making a twitching movement throughout his body, like he is trying to regurgitate, or swallow a large piece of food.
Should I be concerned about this? Is my bird trying to eat my finger? Could he accidentally choke or get it stuck? Also, what precisely is he doing?