Interpreting Parrot Tail Movements

 Tail wagging.

 Here, the tail wags back and forth so quickly. A different behaviour from tail flaring (next item). Parrots usually wag their tails immediately after fluffing their feathers out as a greeting sign.  A parrot that rapidly flips its tail is must be happy to see you.

This behavior happens as well after the parrot is done with an activity and is ready to begin another.  This is mostly observed in a delighted parrot. Several of them do this merely in order to rearrange their feathers. A lot of cockatoos behave in such way once they are about to eliminate.

 Tail flaring
 In this case, the feathers on the tail fan out. A sort of parrots, such as lineolated parakeets, would quickly fan their tails in and out.  This connotes that the parrot is content or agitated.  In some situations, this means that the bird could bite. However, if the tail flare is combined with an erect posture, erect nape feathers, and pinpointing eyes, handling the bird could be so unwise. 

Tail preening
Parrots devote a large proportion of time preening to keep their feathers clean and in a nice look.  A bird which is preening its tail is probably so at ease in its environment.  Anxious parrots will not preen their tails or wing feathers since they cannot be cautious on what is taking place around them while they are doing so. 

The parrot’s preen gland is located just above the tail. For this reason, parrots usually rub their beaks on that spot when they are preening. They have some preen oil on their beaks and rub it on their feathers. Some Neotropical species, like certain species of Amazons, Pionus, and Brotogeris lack that preen gland.  Pair bonded parrots sometimes preen each other.

Parrots sometimes preen their owners, too. If your parrot smoothly chews on your hair, beard, ear, or t-shirt, this is this is how it behaves.  This indicates that the parrot deeply loves you! This behaviour is not that common in parrot species which do not pair bond through all the year, like ringnecks and Eclectus parrots.

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