Our parrots can help us to occasionally step outside our boundaries and act silly or enjoy a quiet moment with them.
Are you outgoing, vibrant and full of life? Or are you more of a quiet observer by nature? Humans are very complex, emotional creatures. Some of us have “electric rainbow?personalities. Others of us are content to blend into our environment and quietly study the world around us.
Well, guess what? Parrots are the very same way! The trouble is that although we are both similar in that respect, when we get together, we don’t often speak the same language. That is where misunderstandings about each other? personalities can begin.
Here are 4 tips on understanding the differences between our nature and the nature of our parrots.
1) Understand Your Nature
Our personalities speak volumes … especially to our feathered friends. Parrots are innately sensitive to the world around them, but they are extremely sensitive to “who?we are and the energy that surrounds us.
People with a high-energy personality can sometimes be overwhelming to a more shy, quiet and sensitive parrot. On the other hand, a person with a more quiet and unassuming nature might have a hard time relating to a high-energy parrot who believes in going in several different directions all at the same time.
If your nature is different than your parrot?, it is important to know that sometimes you might need to elevate your energy level to meet that of your parrot? when you spend time together Šor that you might need to tone down that energy level so that a more sensitive and shy bird doesn? feel threatened.
2) Understand The Nature of Your Parrot
Parrots, like people, have a vast array of personalities.
Some are zany, playful and mischievous, full of play, play, and more play.
Other parrots are much more quiet and “zen-like?in nature, easily passing for a statue with watchful eyes that never miss a single thing around them.
Given the opportunity, parrots are very adaptive to their surroundings and the people in them. But understanding your parrot? basic nature can often hold the key to unlock the question of “Why does my parrot DO that??that we all have from time to time.
If you have a “cool-cucumber?fid (feathered kid) and you enter the room with the energy level equivalent to a dancing mariachi band… well, your passive parrot might very well have a full-blown panic attack. A simple “hello?to announce your arrival ahead of time can go a long way in calming a shy and introverted parrot before quickly entering a room.
I know that my timneh African grey, Petrie can hear me rustling around in the early morning hours while his cage is still covered. I know he knows I’m nearby by the repetitive questioning of “Whatareyoudoing? Whatareyoudoing?” (and yes, to him, that is a one-word question!)
If I were to rush over and quickly throw all the covers off Petrie’s cage, it would absolutely startle him. So instead of giving him a heart attack each and every morning, as I am walking to his cage, I’ll say “Good morning, Petrie…” or “Time to wake up…” as I begin to remove his covers.
Simply being able to hear me takes some of the pressure off of Petrie not being able to immediately “see” me. It also allows him to adjust to my energy level and prepare him mentally for his covers to be removed.
On the other hand, a high-energy parrot might not have any trouble at all with a person of a similar playful nature. But that very same parrot might find herself scratching her own head feathers in trying to figure out what to “do?with a more quiet-natured human.
3) Understand Their Sensitivity
Parrots are prey animals. Their instinct tells them that other animals find them quite tasty. For that reason, they are extremely sensitive to the world around them and have highly tuned fight-or-flight instincts.
In the wild, a hungry predator will capture their prey by stalking and then making a surprise attack. Sometimes a person who moves too quickly or too slowly can trigger those instinctual “I gotta get outta here!” reactions from their parrot. We don’t mean to … but we don’t see the world, or ourselves, the same way as our parrots often do.
Every parrot is different, and that is not to say that one should avoid certain things that might frighten their bird. The key to adaptation is the manner in which introducing something is approached … even if that “something?is ourselves.
4) Change Is Good ŠIf Only For a Few Minutes
When we bring a parrot into our lives, they rarely come to us wearing a little label that says “I? High Energy, Play With Me!?or “I? A Shy Wallflower, Be Gentle.?If only they did, along with a VERY DETAILED instruction manual.
My Moluccan cockatoo hen, Thor, is one of those high-energy birds. Her “go?button is always on and generally taking her quickly in the opposite direction of where I am.
I don? have a “go?button. Mine is more of a mellow and introspective, “mosey?button.
This drives Thor crazy because she always wants to play and it leaves me and my “mosey?button breathless from chasing her zippy little feet around everywhere.
That is the difference between her nature and mine.
Over time, Thor has taught me to come out of my shell a bit more with her and play, and in turn I have found that she has seemingly learned to appreciate sitting quietly with me every so often Šif only for a few whopping seconds at a time.
A playful and engaging parrot gives the quiet-natured human the perfect excuse to play, be loud, act silly, sing, and dance with their bird Šif only for a little while.
On the other hand, a quiet-natured parrot can teach an always-on-the-go human to slow down, BREATHE and enjoy a few moments of peacefulness, that they might not otherwise notice.
The same holds true for our parrots. When they learn to trust our friendship, even the most reserved parrot can become open to play; and even the most extroverted fid can enjoy a quiet moment with their human.
Only time unveils the true nature of a parrot. A lot of times, the nature of a parrot is quite the opposite of our own. But instead of worrying about the differences between our natures, perhaps we should simply learn to embrace them.
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