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Nesting is exhibited by pet birds that display mating behaviors.


This term can connote both reproductive behavior as well as the building of an actual nest. As an interesting aside, parrots are cavity nesters, choosing to raise young in holes in trees or burrows dug in cliff faces. The quaker parrot, or monk parakeet, is the only known psittacine species that actually constructs a nest. A South American native, quaker parrots have established breeding colonies in even the colder parts of the United States, living and breeding in such places as Chicago and New York City. They build huge colony nests of sticks and twigs that can provide housing for multiple families.

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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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