Strutting generally expresses a parrot's sexual and/or territorial information.


Strutting is often an important component of a display behavior. This behavior generally expresses sexual and/or territorial information. If not heeded, such behaviors are often the precursor to serious aggression.


The strutting parrot often parades up and down, swaggering with a proud and belligerent air. Tail feathers are spread to show colors, and wings are flexed (which shows epaulets of color on many species). Eyes are usually pinning or flashing, and nape feathers (or hackles) are raised.


Unless you don’t mind being injured, do not reach for this bird! It is clearly stating that it is extremely excited and prone to bite, so there is nothing positive to be gained by shoving your hand at it. This is the psittacine equivalent to a dog growling.

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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