parrot kiss

Can my African grey feel kisses on his beak?

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Feb 15, 2012
parrot kiss
by: Linda

As the previous writer said, kissing birds on the beak can be a dangerous move. I had a Scarlet Macaw some years' ago. Very tame and loving bird I trusted. One day, I had a few friends over and decided to show them the "Macaw Kissing trick". Well, I bent over like I always did and puckered my lips heading for front of her closed beak. She grabbed my bottom lip and ripped it open to the point where it needed stitches. I guess she was too excited with the friends present. I never kissed her on the beak again. She actually laughed very loud and long, and so did my "friends". I meanwhile was trying to stop the bleeding so I could drive to emergency room!!! The trick was on me on that occasion.

So the advice to be careful is warranted, and I suggest you do not do it anymore. Also keep birds off your shoulders because there they have access to your face, lips, eyes, ears and neck. I've also had some bad bites from birds on shoulder. Birds ARE exotic wild animals, and just about anything or anyone can set them off, so keeping them away from face is always a good idea.

Linda

Feb 15, 2012
Parrot Kisses
by: Anonymous

Your bird's beak is like your teeth. It's made of calcium. There are nerves in the beak, just like your teeth have nerves, but is protected by the hard calcium. I'm sure your bird can feel the pressure of your lips against his beak, but not the soft tissue of your lips.

If this makes sense? However, please remember parrots are wild birds. Even the most tame bird can suddenly bite for no reason. Please be careful when kissing your bird on the beak as he could take a chunk of your lip off.

My bird gives kisses, and sometimes she gets a little too excited, and catches the skin by accident. She's 6 months old. Lives in a loving home, so she's still grasping the whole kissing thing as she's learning by watching her human flock.

We excersize extreme caution with this. I suggest you should as well. :)
GOODLUCK!

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