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To shower means to bathe in a stream of falling water.


To shower means to bathe in a stream of falling water.


This is a natural parrot behavior for some species, though like people, individual preferences can vary. Species like Amazon parrots appear to prefer showering to pool bathing. Other species, like pet African grey parrots, seem to prefer pool bathing in a dish or pan.


Bathing is a natural behavior for most avian species and it contributes greatly to feather cleanliness and health, and it also encourages natural preening behaviors. Whatever a companion bird’s bathing preference, owners should offer bathing or showering opportunities regularly. Some birds resist bathing and need to be taught to enjoy it.

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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Why does my35 yr old orange winged Amazon bathe in her water dish whenever I vacuum? How often should I let her bathe? I vacuum twice/week.
Anissa, International
Posted: 1/14/2013 3:06:34 PM
This article makes me laugh. It's so simply. My bird caught an ear infection, and I think it may have been from wanting to shower with me....It's sad, my vet suggested I let him in the shower with me in the first place. I bought a special perch and everything, and now he is sick....blah
Jason, Wolfforth, TX
Posted: 2/17/2012 7:33:22 PM
"To shower means to bathe in a stream of falling water. " - DUUH!!!
Gro, Bergen, Norway
Posted: 5/19/2011 6:55:56 AM
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