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Hiding describes the immobilizing or obscuring behaviors of frightened pet birds, or the burrowing and searching of nest-seeking pet birds.

By Liz Wilson


Frightened birds might try to hide behind something, or they might stand totally immobile with their feathers tight. However, not all hiding behaviors are caused by fear. Pet birds that crawl into cabinets or under the bedclothes or sofa pillows are often looking for a nest site, instead.


Assess the situation to judge what the pet bird is trying to communicate. If a companion bird is seeking a nest, the behavior should not be punished, but certainly not encouraged. While “nesting behavior” is normal and natural, encouraging it can lead to problems. Please see more information about this issue under “Mating Behavior” in this index.

Disclaimer:’s Bird Behavior Index is intended for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the expertise and experience of a professional veterinarian. Do not use the information presented here to make decisions about your bird’s health if you suspect your pet is sick. If your pet is showing signs of illness or you notice changes in your bird’s behavior, take your pet to the nearest veterinarian or an emergency pet clinic as soon as possible.

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My bird (male) will not come out from under the couch and he is bobbing his head. What should i do to get him out?
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