Why does my Senegal parrot move its mouth?

When he is in his cage he is moving his mouth non-stop. Hes been doing it for the past month or so and nothing big has happened as in change of location, food, etc. He does not stop for a second. I don't think it's him being hungry or thirsty because is food and water bowl are always full and he likes his food as far as I know since he is always eating it.

There is usually people where he is with a lot of noise - not loud noise but there is noise from the T.V. and people talking.

He is about 5 years old and still has yet to say his first word. He sings a lot and screams when hes alone.

I'm guessing this is a positive action but I'm not sure and I'd like to know why hes doing it though.

Any suggestions would be nice.

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Dec 17, 2009
Why does my Senegal parrot move its mouth?
by: Linda

Not sure what you mean by moves his mouth? After birds eat, they work their mandibles back and forth to get food off them, but they don't do this all the time.

I am thinking this MAY be a nervous habit from living in too noisy and busy an environment. You may need to put his cage in a quieter place. If you have such a place, in the same room, move him there. Television is not good for birds all the time, so he needs to be where he cannot be looking at and listening to it all the time. Birds also need to go to bed around 8-9PM and sleep for 11-12 hours in darkness and quiet. If your bird is sitting up where the TV is going until late at night, he will become more and more unhappy and nervous.

So, move his cage to a quieter location. This does NOT mean to ignore your bird either, it simply means he needs a quieter place to be. Birds like to be around their families, so try and keep him in a room near where he is now. He needs to go to bed early and sleep all night. He DOES NOT NEED TO BE UP LATE WITH PEOPLE AND THE TV BLASTING HIM ALL THE TIME. Birds are sensitive, need their rest and some peace and quiet. He will never learn to talk in this atmosphere. Why bother when he can't get a word in anyway with people talking and the TV blasting all the time. Please help your bird to get some rest.

I also strongly suggest you take him to an Avian Vet in your area as he may be ill. If he has not been to the vet in more than a year, he needs to go as soon as is possible.

To learn more about how to properly care for your bird, it would be a good idea to find some books on caring for birds here or other places online or even in your local library. Learn how to take proper care of him which should have been done in the beginning. Thanks for writing,

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