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Wing Lifting

Wing lifting occurs when a perched pet bird lifts its wings perpendicular to its back and holds that position.


“Wing lifting” is characterized by a perched bird lifting its wings perpendicular to its back and holding that position for several seconds.


In many species of parrots, this is commonly considered a friendly greeting.


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I added a 3yr old Maximilian pionus to our family yesterday and I couldn't be happier, but I do have a lot of questions about Lillie's body language that I can't seem to find anywhere online. My biggest question is.... Today when I had her on my hand, she lifted one leg and grabbed onto her face almost like Lilly was washing her face :-). And she puffs up and stands on one foot sometimes when I hold her, what do these things mean? Is this a happy behavior? Because if it isn't, I don't want to upset her or have her in a situation where she isn't comfortable or happy. Can someone please help answer these concerns and also give me tips on happy body language or things that may upset her so I can avoid doing that..
Cole, International
Posted: 1/22/2013 3:06:56 PM
That's a new one to me.
Elaine, Darien, IL
Posted: 7/25/2010 5:58:42 PM
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