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Posted 10/14/2008 10:51:20 AM Post #1615
 

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Hi

I am anew bird owner of a white capped pionus . He is preety good behvior wise . I was wondering what a few thing mean sometimes he like puffs him self up what does this mean is this aggression and also sometimes he opens his beak really big like he is going to scream but nothing comes out he is a very quite bird very quite little chirps and squeks. one more question why does he sometimes stand one 1 foot.

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Posted 10/14/2008 12:16:19 PM Post #1616
 

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I know that standing on one foot means he is content. Weize
Posted 10/18/2008 6:53:45 PM Post #1623
 

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birds will "puff" up or fluff their feathers when they are content, happy or being aggressive. If they are sitting on their perch and fluffed more than likely He is just happy...if fluffing at something, he doesn't like it.

As far as opening his mouth realy wide...he is yawning! yup thats all that is! I think its so cute when they yawn

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Darcel

Posted 8/30/2010 3:13:23 PM Post #2384
 

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I realize that this is an older post, but there are people who read these and apply the responses to their own birds.  I agree with what was said, but am going to elaborate on some of what was said...

If a bird is yawning repeatedly (within a short period of time) it means that they are trying to clear their sinuses.  Dust and little pieces of feather can get inside the sinus cavity and irritate it - thus the yawning behavior.  Cockatiels especially, do this. Perhaps because of the amount of dander they have.  A one-time is just yawning.

Standing on one foot (usually while napping) means the bird has the strength to do it and indicates a healthy bird. 

Perching with two feet and puffed up could indicate something is going on and you should watch him to be sure he isn't sick.  Make sure he has food and water - and that he is eating and drinking.

Puffed up all the time (or a lot) can indicate that he is cold and trying to warm himself by using his feathers to insulate himself better.  Or, he could be sick.  Is he eating well?  A bird that isn't eating will puff up, keeping himself warm - to help conserve his energy.

Puffing up on a youngster, when you come near, is a sign of excitement  - much like us getting goose-bumps on our arms and making the hairs stand up.  On an older, strange bird (that doesn't know you) it may indicate excitement in a different way.  Be very, very careful.

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