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Masturbation

Birds may masturbate, which is only a health concern if a bird does it too much.

Margaret A. Wissman, DVM
Posted: April 17, 2013, 5:45 p.m. PDT

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Single male birds are more likely to masturbate.

Birds commonly masturbate, which can be a benefit in that it allows the bird to relieve sexual tension. In some cases, however, masturbation can become a problem if the bird begins to masturbate too often or performs the act on a person.

In healthy cases of masturbation, the bird will use a toy or perch, but they have been know to masturbate on a person’s head, hand or big toe.

CAUSES OF

Single males are the most common cases of masturbation. A male masturbates by bending his tail under the object, then rubbing his vent on it. Females masturbate by leaning forward and backing up while placing her vent on an object with her tail up and to the side.

IMMEDIATE CARE

If done infrequently, such as a few times a week, behaviorists say masturbation is healthy, allowing the bird to release tension. If your bird is masturbating too often remove the object with which it is using. If the bird tries to masturbate on a human, gently but firmly tell your bird "No,” and return it to the cage.

LONG-TERM CARE

Provide a masturbation toy for you bird a few times a week to relieve tension but do not allow masturbating to become a frequent habit, as it can damage the cloaca and cause infection.

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