Shaking encompasses pet bird behaviors ranging from rearranging feathers to post-bathing shivering.

A parrot may fluff up its feathers to shake them out. Don't get that confused with a parrot who fluffs up their feathers as a warning sign. That will paired with pinning eyes, a flared tail and an open beak. Via m.shattock/Flickr

Definition Of Shaking

This is a vague term requiring more explanation. If birds are shaking out their feathers, then they are rearranging them as a grooming function. Falconers say such birds are rousing their feathers, and parrot owners often call this fluffing the feathers. Feather rousing can also be a happiness behavior, as parrots such as African grey parrots often rouse their feathers and wag their tails when greeting a beloved friend. As post bathing shivering, a wet bird might be chilly. If ambient temperatures are warm, shaking might be a reflex that encourages the shaking out of down feathers to speed their drying. Depending on circumstances, shaking might also indicate a bird feeling stressed or anxious.

What To Do

As a post-bathing behavior, nothing need be done. If shaking is associated with anxiety or stress, those problems need to be addressed.

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