Wolf wrote:Without being able to see the behavior, I won't say for sure but this sounds to me a lot like normal begging behavior and in this situation I would say that the Grey is begging you to stay with it. Being left alone is not a natural thing for a parrot. In their wild setting they are never alone from the time they hatch until they die. They are so wired to never be alone that they risk death by calling for their flock even though it might bring a predator instead. They get a large part of their feelings of safety, security and well being from being with their flock. Sometimes this is difficult for humans to understand and even more difficult to do.
liz wrote:Rainbow is pushing 32 and still does it. It is not just for food. He uses it for everything that he wants but most of the time he tells me what it is. (She was following my daughter and doing the flapping when she finally asked him what he wanted. He said "Pick this boy up".)
I picked that up while volunteering at the Wildlife Rehab at the NC Zoo. Every spring they get a room full of baby birds. Sometimes as high as 50. (No one else wanted in that room because the babies cried as well as begged. So I took it. The worse part was that no one came to check on me for fear I would leave.) It was horrendous with that many babies crying and flapping.
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