Feather Fluffing

Feather fluffing is a bird behavior where a bird shaking out all its feathers momentarily


A normal behavior that entails a bird shaking out all its feathers momentarily, then smoothing them down again. The term that falconers apply to this behavior is rousing, as in a bird rouses its feathers.


There appears to be multiple reasons for this behavior. It has been identified in association with a variety of stimuli, such as shaking out feathers subsequent to bathing; as a component of a happy greeting for someone or something the bird likes; or simple maintenance of proper feather alignment after a session of grooming.


Since this is a normal avian behavior, there is nothing that needs to be done (other than dust again if the bird is a high-powder species like a cockatoo or African grey).

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