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WHY NOBODY USES FALCON HOODS FOR PARROTS?

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Re: WHY NOBODY USES FALCON HOODS FOR PARROTS?

Postby Pajarita » Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:23 am

The point is that there is no need whatsoever to use a hood on parrot. On birds of prey it's done because they could take flight if they see prey (they are predators, parrots are not), they could go after other birds (they are not social species but territorial) and they can really hurt you if they get overly excited but, aside from the occasional bad bite to the face that a mal-adjusted parrot can give you, putting a hood on a parrot would serve no purpose whatsoever... it would just disturb the bird.
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Re: WHY NOBODY USES FALCON HOODS FOR PARROTS?

Postby Daminou » Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:22 am

Hello everybody.

Before having a Parrot i was doing falconry and as Pajarita already explained pretty well the reason why you don't put a hood on a parrot it is mainly because you don't need to and also one is a bird of prey and the other one is a prey.

The way a prey think is very different as a predator do. The reason we put the hood on a bird of prey is to avoid getting hurt but mainly to avoid having the bird get hurt when he is attached carried or held on the glove.
A bird of prey is coming to you because you have food and because he is trusting you but once the bird is fed enough he will refuse to fly back because in the nature when they are fed they will try not to spend too much energy and better to keep it for the next time they will need the strength to hunt again. A bird of prey nearly never fly " for fun " but because he needs it for survival.
So to fly a bird of prey you need to have it on the right weight and when he is on his right weight he is hungry so he wants to hunt. because of that he is potentially dangerous for you and can take decisions that his belly and instinct commands. To avoid any of this behaviour a hood helps the bird to be more calm until you let him fly.

You must also know that the hoods are mostly used on birds that are used for hunting and less for the birds you are using for shows. Simply because the birds for shows are more tamed and also because they are not used to hunt for food and they know they will get it from the human after having done the right thing.

I hope I have been able to help answering the question and sorry for my way of writing in English i am a french speaker normally.
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Re: WHY NOBODY USES FALCON HOODS FOR PARROTS?

Postby Pajarita » Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:31 am

First of all, your English is PERFECT! And secondly, thank you so much for giving us the answer from the perspective of somebody who has personal experience and knowledge about the subject.
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