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Burrowing is the act of a bird tunneling behind or under things.

Burrowing is the act of a bird tunneling behind or under things.

The act of a bird tunneling behind or under things, such as behind sofa cushions, under bed covers, or under the paper at the cage bottom.


This is a natural reproductive or nesting behavior of a sexually mature bird. It should not be encouraged, especially in larger species like cockatoos, as it often leads to serious aggression.


Calmly and quietly remove the bird from the burrowing situation. If necessary, remove pillows from the sofa, disallow play in bedding, and/or install a grate in the cage to prohibit access to the paper.

Disclaimer:’s Bird Behavior Index is intended for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the expertise and experience of a professional veterinarian. Do not use the information presented here to make decisions about your bird’s health if you suspect your pet is sick. If your pet is showing signs of illness or you notice changes in your bird’s behavior, take your pet to the nearest veterinarian or an emergency pet clinic as soon as possible.

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