This is when a bird gently has your finger or hand in it's beak (not hard biting). It is a sign of affection.

Blood feather
A new feather that has not finished growing in and still has a blood supply in the shaft.

This commonly used to describe the area around and including the nostrils of birds.

The long feathers on the head that can be raised or lowered.

Thin-walled, elastic sac. In parrots the crop is a noticeable rounded pouch, in the upper chest;lower neck area, after eating a large meal.

Egg bound
Potentially fatal condition in which a hen is unable to expel an egg.

Feather picking (or plucking)
Removal, partial removal or mutilation of feathers by the parrot, usually attributed to boredom, stress or dietary deficiencies.

Young bird that can fly but is still being fed by its parents.

Flight feathers
Long, primary flight feathers are at the end of the wing. The shorter, gliding feathers are closer to the "elbow" of the bird

Happy tail wag
This describes when a bird moves the tail back and forth in a sweeping motion

Periodic shedding of feathers, which are subsequently replaced by new ones.

This word is used to describe a bird that has a stout, hooked bill, a thick, tubular tongue; two toes pointing forward and two backward for climbing. Most of the species of parrots in the world today originate in Australia,Indonesia, Central and South Americas, and the Caribbean.

A feather just emerging through the skin.

Pinning, flashing or pin pointing
Commonly used to describe the rapid alternate shrinking and dilation of a birds's pupils.

Powder down
A fine talc-like powder that some birds produce. The healthier the bird the more dust.

Preen gland (oil gland)
Gland at the base of the tail that a bird utilizes during preening to oil its feathers.

Using the beak to remove the waxy substance that encase new feathers, clean, smooth and restore to position feathers that have become separated.

Of or relating to parrots.

The part of a feather that is embedded into the flesh.

The act of bring partially digested food from the crop back to the mouth

The external opening of the cloaca.

Moluccan Cockatoo

Umbrella Cockatoo

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