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The Scary Top Seven

BIRD TALK Readers reveal what their birds fear the most

By Crystal Apilado

A part of sharing our lives with birds is being able to recognize when something frightens them and making sure that you take measures to make them feel safe. Being prey animals, pet birds can be frightened by even the most seemingly inoffensive item (rice cakes, socks and hats, oh my!). Here’s what bird owners say scare their birds the most.

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Wild birds were the No. 1 thing bird owners reported as scaring their pet birds. Some birds have screaming fits at the sight of a bird of prey’s shadow flying overhead or if they catch a glimpse of a crow passing by a window. A crow’s caw can also send a pet bird fluttering off its perch in fright.

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

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It was very interesting and knew my birds were scared of some wild birds but didnt realize crows caw could be so scary for some birds too.
Jinky, Apollo, PA
Posted: 7/19/2011 6:13:04 PM
Great article! My wife and I are owned by a Jenday conure (along with a cockatiel, 4 budgies, and 2 dogs) who is also terrified of balloons. Any time she sees one we get her loudest impending-doom, the-end-is-near, it's-going-to-eat-me screams. Interesting that there is another Jenday with the very same fear.
Adam, Quincy, MA
Posted: 6/1/2007 7:37:28 AM
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