Why do corellas shake their young's (?) beaks?

by Monika
(Sth. Australia)

Hi there, I live in the riverland and see many corellas etc.. I often hear the young ones cry and then one of the parents (?) shake the young's beak. It shuts the "cry" up for a while :) but this can continue over and over. Anyone know why they do this?

Monika

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Jan 24, 2013
Why do Corellas shake their young's (?) beaks?
by: Monika

Interesting Anonymous. Thank you again for replying. Have a nice day. Monika

Jan 23, 2013
baby corellas
by: Anonymous

The parents still could be feeding the babies, even if they are sitting on a tree branch. The babies are fed for many months after they are hatched. It may look like they are shaking them, but they actually aren't.

The parents, even if they have eaten hours before, can still feed the babies.

Jan 23, 2013
Why do Corellas shake their young's (?) beaks?
by: Anonymous

Thank you very much Linda and Anonymous's for your replies. Sorry, but it looks like I didn't explain things too well. I will try again. Now, the young(I assume they are the young)are on the tree branch swaying from side to side squawking.The mother(?)eventually grabs hold of the beak and shakes it up and down anything from 5-8 times.You can tell the amount of times by the noise the young makes while this happens.It sounds like a flat car battery trying to start only about 10 times faster in repetitions and of course squawky.LOL!This is so hard to explain.Neither of them are eating at the time.They all look like they're trying to get their afternoon nap.Thank you,I hope I explained it better this time. Monika

Jan 22, 2013
Shaking young birds beaks
by: Anonymous

The adult corellas are regurgitating and feeding their young. The babies cry to be fed and the parents "shake" the beak to open it and regurgitate food and it goes down the young ones' throat.

Jan 21, 2013
Why do corellas shake their young's (?) beaks?
by: Linda

Mother bird is feeding the babies when they cry for food. Some birds do this action which looks like shaking babies beaks when they are being fed. Macaw babies eat this way, and when handfeeding one, feeder has to get a very good hold on the back of babies' head to keep food from going all over baby instead of in him. The babies do the head shaking when they eat, so it looks like the Mother is doing it. This is just how some birds feed.My first Macaw baby had much more food on him than in him. I spent half hour cleaning up baby so he could be fed correctly. I finally learned the moves and was able to feed Macaw babies successfully. Handfeeding baby parrots is a learned skill, and is made harder because baby parrots feed different ways, so people have to know how to feed their baby bird before ever bringing him home. Thanks for your question,
Linda

Jan 21, 2013
Corellas
by: Anonymous

What you are seeing is the parent is feeding the baby. The parent will eat and the reguritate into the baby's mouth, therefore feeding it.

The sound the baby makes is so cute. You are very fortunate to see this in the wild, where all parrots should be.

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