What does scratching behavior mean?
Posted 14 March 2010 - 05:48 PM
I've read that in the wild, greys will scratch at the dirt to get to the bulb shaped roots of a grass that they eat. These plants have salt in their roots they crave.
Her diet is: Pretty Bird African Special, corn, peas, zucchini, bananas, and a little seed every couple days.
When we are try to watch TV we move the tray out of her play pen because it gets loud. We're curious if other greys do this and what does it mean?
Posted 14 March 2010 - 07:08 PM
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Posted 14 March 2010 - 09:29 PM
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Posted 29 March 2010 - 03:03 PM
She also loves to play on her cage floor with her foot toys and her balls. Once I put her hard plastic ball in her water dish where it floated and bobbed. She had a great time getting it out!
Posted 09 November 2010 - 11:59 PM
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Posted 12 November 2010 - 12:52 PM
This type of scratching (in our homes) can also be what’s called a “displacement behavior.” In birds, this happens when the pent up, or leftover, energy from something they can’t accomplish carries over into a completely unrelated behavior that they suddenly “display.” In humans this can be compared to us scratching our heads at a problem, or biting our fingernails. For instance, an AG that is repeatedly calling its owner to come and take it out of its cage will, out of frustration, climb down and begin scratching in the corner (I think plenty of owners have observed this). In wild birds an example of this would be a territorial dispute with no winner where both birds become tired and frustrated, stop showing aggression and suddenly begin preening themselves.
This is just my educated guess. As with all things behavior I believe in evaluating for all possibilities and never jumping to conclusions because situations in our homes are uniqe and should be given unique consideration. If a bird is scratching we imo should examine what it may want or what might be frustrating it…..just to be safe. If anything this behavior is an indication of how highly instinctive our pet birds are.
Edited by SDavid, 12 November 2010 - 12:59 PM.
Posted 27 November 2010 - 04:26 AM
"The diet comprises seeds, nuts, fruits and berries, mostly procured in the treetops. The parrots prefer to climb from one tree branch to another rather than fly......bits of quartz are occasionally found in the stomach contents and to get to these the parrots must come to the ground."
from another internet article:
"Joseph Forshaw the renown author of Parrots of The World and other Leading bird and animal researchers state that bits of quartz and many other high minerals was found in the intestinal tract of African Greys and other birds trapped in Eastern and Central African regions. However Birds found in the western regions contained very little or none. "
These field observations pretty much confirm that AG's are tree dwelling birds some of whom, depending on region, occasionally come to the ground. In the same book under Galah's (another bird I have) it states that Galah's spend hours on the gound foraging and walking.
Edited by SDavid, 27 November 2010 - 04:32 AM.
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