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Beak Clicking

Some birds display beak clicking behavior as a sign of comfort or happiness.

By Liz Wilson

DESCRIPTION & SIGNS OF BEAK CLICKING

Some bird species, such as macaws and cockatoos, sometimes make this sound by popping the tip of their upper beak against their lower beak. Cockatoos often seem to make a clicking noise with their tongues. Other species like African grey parrots appear to reproduce the sound of a click in their throats.

CAUSES OF BEAK CLICKING

This seems to be a comfort or happiness behavior with many parrots, and others seem to use it as a friendly greeting. When meeting a parrot for the first time, many seem quite pleased when new people make soft clicking sounds with their tongues. Many birds will come closer and make clicking noises in response. Even for people who are not talented in mimicry, this can be an easy sound to replicate.

WHAT TO DO

Nothing negative about beak clicking behavior, so keep on clicking!

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I wonder where the ppl are getting their answers about birds clicking their beaks because my Indian Hill Mynah only does that when he's pissed and then comes the biting. Normally, he's a sweetheart, but when he is upset about something, he will tell you in that way.
Rebecca, Pikeville, NC
Posted: 9/7/2012 8:27:56 AM
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