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14 Signs That Your Pet Bird Trusts and Likes You

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Is there anything more adorable than coming home and seeing your pet bird greet you with their happy little dance? This behavior is one of the 14 signs that your pet bird trusts and likes you. Find out about the other signs in this article to help you strengthen your relationship with your feathered friend.


The 14 Signs That Your Pet Bird Trusts and Likes You:

1. Making Body Contact

If your bird seems to want to snuggle with you, that’s a great sign! It shows that it intends to make a deep emotional connection with you. Watch if it tries to climb on your hand, rubs itself against your body, or lingers on your neck. These are signs of affection that your bird likes you.

Yellow and green budgerigar parakeet pet flying from the finger
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2. Flapping Wings

Yes, a bird’s wings are mainly used for flying, but they can also express feelings. If you see your bird flapping its wings when you approach it, this is an excellent sign that it is happy around you. A bird that flaps its wings but does not fly away is indeed a sign of joy.

3. Wagging Tail

Much like the wings, your bird’s tail movements express emotions. When a bird wags its tail (much like a dog would), it’s usually because it is happy to have you around. This can, however, also indicate that the bird is going to defecate. But if your bird moves its tail up and down (and vice versa) in a fast movement, this is, most of the time, a sign showing how happy it is to be with you.

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4. Dilated Pupils

They say that the eyes are the mirror of the soul. Well, that is also true for your pet bird!

The pupils of humans dilate under certain circumstances, such as in response to stimuli from light or darkness. Still, those of birds can transform for many other reasons. When a bird dilates its pupils (they get bigger) or contracts them (they get smaller), it can express joy, discontent, anxiety, or even fear.

When you watch in wonder as your bird blinks in your presence, it is an unambiguous indication that it appreciates and trusts you.

5. Hanging Upside Down

By being in this position, the bird is showing its vulnerability. If it does it in your presence, it is certainly to show you that it feels good because it trusts you and is not afraid.

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6. Observe the Beak and the Movements of Its Head

Birds can use their beaks to express different things. It can be subliminal messages and practical work (like bursting the shell of a seed). If your parakeet or parrot wiggles its beak in your presence, it is a sign of affection.

When a bird squeaks its beak (moves it side to side and vice versa, like humans grinding their teeth), it’s another sign that it likes you.

When some birds play together, for example, parakeets, they sometimes seem to peck each other, but this is not the case: they are only playing. If your pet bird does this with you, without trying to hurt you, it is a sign of immense love.

7. Regurgitation Is a Sign of Love

Yes, that sounds disgusting, but if your feathered companion is regurgitating food when you are around it, this is a solid sign of affection. Especially if your bird moves its head and eyes immediately afterward.

Yellow Budgie
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8. Listen!

If you hear your bird trying to sing or say any words, no matter how simple, this is a great sign of affection. If your bird likes you, it will try to reproduce words you say, whether they mean something to them or not. If you notice this, you are in luck because your bird adores you.

Related Read: 9 Lovebird Sounds and Their Meanings (with Audio)

9. Watch the Tongue Movements

When a bird is pleasantly surprised that you take it on your finger or on your hand, it will express its contentment by performing tongue clicks. So, if you hear your friend clicking its tongue around you, that’s a perfect sign of its love for you.

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10. Beak Rubbing

Your bird may rub its beak on a perch or accessory in its cage because it wants to remove food scraps stuck to its beak. But if it starts rubbing its beak against you, it’s because it wants to show its affection for you.

11. Happy Little Feet Dance

Plain Parakeet
Image By: Rafael Martos Martins, Shutterstock

A bird that dances and moves its head is usually a sign that it is happy to see you and feels good. Head movements can also result in some kind of sexual behavior.

12. Following You Everywhere

If your bird follows you around the house, it is because it is delighted in your company and just wants to be around you all the time.

13. Tapping of the Feet or Beak

Kicking the feet or beak against some object in its cage is territorial behavior. That may be accompanied by aggressive behavior in adult birds. But it may also indicate a sense of well-being in these creatures, which, it should not be forgotten, always remain partly wild.

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14. Body Language

Overall, you can learn a lot from watching how your bird moves its body when it is around you. By paying attention to the movements of the bird’s body as well as the movement of its wings and tail, you can learn a lot about the feelings your pet has when you are around them.

If you see that the bird has a relaxed posture and is calm when you approach it, it usually is comfortable around you.

When you see it moving its head back and forth in your direction, it means that it feels good with you and that it is (undoubtedly) looking for you to stroke its neck and give it some love and affection.

When a bird is uncomfortable and doesn’t appreciate your presence, it will express its dissatisfaction by moving from side to side while having a rigid body and puffing up its feathers.

  • Tip: If your bird behaves this way, the best thing you can do is walk away. It probably doesn’t want to be close to you right now or is not ready to accept you yet. You can try it later. To insist now would be a mistake.


A Few More Tips

Never try to forcefully grab your bird with your hand. Simply place your hand in the cage and extend your finger. Your friend will come to rest on your finger. It may take a little while for them to do so. Be patient.

Never frighten your bird, or do anything that might scare them because then you will not be able to bond with them.

Give your new friend some treats. Every time your parakeet accomplishes something you want them to do, reward them with a treat and lots of love.

Never force your bird to do anything you want it to accomplish, like pulling it out of its cage or eating from your hand.



Animals, and especially birds, are perfectly capable of communicating their joy and well-being. Birds are indeed joy embodied. The happiness of these feathered animals is contagious, and sharing it with them is a fantastic experience for those of us lucky enough to be in their company.

However, suppose your pet bird is not exhibiting the typical behaviors of a healthy bird. In that case, it may be that it is unhappy or even sick. A bird’s behavior can indicate when something is wrong and whether it is happy, even if the technique used is not considered a perfect breeding technique.

So, if you are worried about your bird, watch its behavior and the 14 signs described in this article so that you know if it is healthy, loves you, and trusts you.

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