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Flying In Place

Flying in place is when a bird grips a perch and flaps its wings rapidly.


While gripping a perch firmly, parrots often flap their wings for several minutes. Since the birds do not let go of the perch, actual flight is obviously not the goal. Both fully flighted and wing-trimmed birds often do this.


Flying in place is an excellent form of exercise and should be encouraged.


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my bird does that to get my attention instead of screaming haha
Samantha, South Bend, IN
Posted: 5/14/2012 4:53:08 PM
My bird does that a lot.
Chloe, Broken Arrow, OK
Posted: 6/6/2010 3:14:31 PM
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