Most parrots are highly vocal, using calls and a variety of sounds to establish and protect territory, attract mates, warn of danger, and maintain social connections. Parrots also communicate visually, using flashes of their colorful plumage as well as eye contact and body language. Careful observation of parrot body language can provide clues when a companion bird is receptive to play and handling or should be allowed to calm down.
Download the PDF version of the Reading Bird Body Language client education handout, or modify the DOCX version or DOC version for your veterinary hospital. Then view the YouTube video “Sleepy Red-Bellied Parrot” for an illustration of tongue wiggling and beak grinding, two behaviors mentioned in the handout.