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Dance Move #4: The Hop

Hear The Music; Hop To It!

By Tani Robar

So far we’ve shown you tricks you can put to music so it seems like your parrot is dancing. Now comes the real fun; moves your bird already does (maybe to music, maybe not), that you want it to do on cue. This is not always so easy, but these tricks are usually the cutest because they can be quite unique with each bird. The hop is the first that comes to mind. It is quite species specific and cannot be taught; the bird has to have the ability to hop on its own. All you can do is teach him to hop on cue. Caiques hop and some cockatiels do. I had two cockatiels that hopped, but I’ve had other owners say their cockatiels never do. Many cockatoos hop, mainly sulphur-crested cockatoos, some Moluccans and probably others I don’t know. But, as I said, hopping is species specific. For instance, you would never see an African grey, a conure, an Amazon or a macaw hop, and it would be near impossible to teach one to do so. On the other hand, greys and macaws have some fantastic head weaving and bobbing tricks that only they can do that you could never teach a caique for instance, so take what your bird can do and proceed from there.

**For the full article, pick up the October 2008 issue of BIRD TALK**

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