Latching Onto Objects & Flapping Wings Really Fast

by Kimberly Harris
(Prince Frederick MD USA)

My male Jenday Conure latches onto objects & flaps his wings really fast for seconds at a time. Why does he do this?

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Dec 27, 2013
flapping bird
by: Alex

Some birds do this to exercise without having to go anywhere.

Gripping objects and flapping is a form of exercise.

f he is having trouble taking off normally or is having trouble letting go of objects normally,then that is a sign that he should be seen by an avian vet, but this sounds like he is exercising.

Dec 26, 2013
Latching on and flapping wings
by: Z

This normal behavior. They do it to excersize and strengthen their wing muscles, sometimes to even get your attention. Allow your bird to keep doing it as he needs to. It's a good sign that he is healthy!

However, don't forget to take your feathered friend into the avian vets once a year for an exam to prevent illness and early detection of illness!

Good luck have fun with your bird!

Dec 26, 2013
Latching Onto Objects & Flapping Wings Really Fast
by: Linda

This is how birds exercise especially those who have had their wings clipped. There is nothing wrong at all, and this kind of activity will keep him fit. If he has not had his wings clipped by an Avian Vet ONLY, then you need to have this done because flighted birds are the ones who fly out the door and never come back. Have only the 4-6 Primary Flight feathers clipped which are the long ones at the ends of each wing. Do not allow wings to be cut any higher up because this cripples bird and also hurts constantly. Just the primaries mentioned above are enough. Also make sure any grooming like wing clips, toe nail clips and beak trims are done by a licensed and trained avian vet only. Grooming salons and pet stores are not good places to take birds for these things because employees are likely not highly trained in handling birds and do more harm than good up to and including killing or maiming birds.


Dec 26, 2013
mine too
by: Anonymous

Mine does too. He seems to be exercising. It seems to be playful too.

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