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Night Fright: Bird Term of the Day

Definitions of words used by pet bird enthusiasts with the pet bird slant.

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Night frights are common in cockatiels, but other parrots have them too, usually in conjunction with earth quakes.

Night fright: (noun) Used typically in conjunction with cockatiels and horror movies. Cockatiels do not see  well in the dark, so when they are startled they thrash around wildly in their cages in fright. Cockatiels can easily injure themselves during a night fright so it is important to turn on the lights and calm them down as quickly as possible. A nightlight by the cockatiel’s cage helps prevent night flights, along with only partially covering the cage. This can occur in other parrots as well.

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My parrotlet wakes up screaming in the middle of the night sometimes for no apparent reason. He sounds so sad. Any ideas why this happens?
Kimberly, Santa Cruz, CA
Posted: 9/11/2011 11:14:34 PM
valerie, glen oaks, NY
Posted: 9/10/2011 6:22:29 PM
My budgies and lovebirds have had their episodes of night frights
joan, franklin square, NY
Posted: 9/10/2011 6:18:55 PM
My birds all have night lights, since my CAG got scared one night. Thanks for the info.
colleen, whiting, NJ
Posted: 9/7/2011 6:44:50 PM
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