Your E-mail:
Will your bird get a holiday gift this year?
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Avian Acrobats

By Laura Doering
Join in on Laura's fun and experiences of bird ownership, and share in her adventures as the editor of BIRD TALK, the world’s most widely read pet bird magazine, in Wayward Feathers.

Chris Davis, BIRD TALK’s “Heart To Heart” columnist, just forwarded me a crazy photo of a greylag goose “whiffling.”

“Whiffling?” you ask.

Apparently, whiffling involves the bird twisting and turning to spill air from its wings to slow down before landing. I haven’t heard the phrase before. This bird was trying to whiffle in strong wind and ended up flying upside down, but its neck and head are twisted right side up.

I’m not sure if parrots are capable of whiffling, but it did inspire me to come up with terminology to describe some of the acrobatics I’ve seen my flock do at home:

1. Auto-Ollieing: This is when Ollie automatically flies back to me whenever he thinks I’m going to perch him on anything other than myself.

2. Phantom-wind stream: This is when my cockatiel Gracie suddenly takes off flying when I’m returning him to his cage, as if to suggest, “A wind came out of nowhere and whisked me away to the curtain rod … again.”

3. Bermuda Island-hopping: This is when my cockatiel disappears for a while whenever a mirror or shiny object is in his flight path. (Fortunately, I can usually locate him by honing in on his incessant whistling.)

Have any terms for your avian acrobats? Do share!

<< Read the Previous Entry
<< Back to blog home page

 Give us your opinion on
Avian Acrobats

Submit a Comment or
Join Club
Earn 1,000 points! What's this?

Buy Now
Birds USA
Buy Now
Bird Talk
Buy Now
Top Products
BirdChannel Home | Bird Breeders | Bird Species | Related Links | BirdChannel Editors and Contributors
                       | Birds USA |  
Disclaimer: The posts and threads recorded in our message boards do not reflect the opinions of nor are endorsed by I-5 Publishing, LLC nor any of its employees. We are not responsible for the content of these posts and threads.
Copyright ©  I-5 Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved.
Our Privacy Policy has changed. Your California Privacy Right/Privacy Policy
Advertise With Us  |  SiteMap  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Use  |  Community Guidelines | Bird eClub Terms
BirdChannel Newsletter Signup | Link to Us | About Us | More Great I-5 Sites
Gold Standard

*Content generated by our loyal visitors, which includes comments and club postings, is free of constraints from our editors’ red pens, and therefore not governed by I-5 Publishing, LLC’s Gold Standard Quality Content, but instead allowed to follow the free form expression necessary for quick, inspired and spontaneous communication.

Become a fan of BirdChannel on Facebook Follow BirdChannel on Twitter
Get social and connect with BirdChannel.

Hi my name's Harry Winston

Visit the Photo Gallery to
cast your vote!
Information on over 200 critter species