Birds are one of the friendliest pets you could ever have once you can get them to trust you. However, it doesn’t happen overnight. A considerable effort needs to be made while staying patient to gain their trust.
The moment you’re successful in doing so, birds don’t hesitate to show their loyalty and affection, mostly through their body language. You just have to observe some of the signs discussed below.
Signs Your Bird Trusts You
1. Flashing Their Eyes
Unlike humans, birds can enlarge or shrink their irises as they desire. This is known as flashing or pinning. They use this method to show trust to their owner. But it can also be taken as an expression of annoyance or anger.
Eyes are one of the most conspicuous features of birds. They make use of this vital sight organ to express themselves. Just like humans, they use their eye movements in order to reflect how they feel.
You can figure out which one it is by relating their body language to their surroundings and what kind of situation they are in at that moment.
2. Physical Affection
Birds do show physical affection to people they trust. It’s their way of showing love. Like human beings, they have physical ways of expressing their love and care.
This might take a long time, but they try to cuddle and rub themselves against you to confirm that they trust you. If the bird refrains to hug or resists, it means they don’t trust you yet.
You can make use of such essential cues to know whether the bird finds you trustworthy or not.
If you hear your birds singing, talking, or whistling, that is a sign of a content pet. Voice and vocal expression is their manner of expressing hidden emotions. They can make different sounds of varying pitch to express love, sadness, or anger.
They also purr to show that they’re happy, which may sound like a soft growl and nothing like a cat’s purr. Soft chatter indicates happiness, but it could be them learning to talk.
Clicking the tongue against their beak also means they’re pleased. If the bird makes soft, pleasant, and calm sounds around you, it means your bird trusts you.
4. Excitement Movements
If your bird is flapping its wings whenever you enter a room, it usually means they’re either excited or happy to see you. Tail wagging or flapping also indicates a trust. But flipping of the wings and tail means the opposite, and you might want to see what’s upsetting them.
Birds also have a habit of bowing their head when they want you to scratch it, which is them asking for affection. You must understand such prominent cues to identify how the bird is feeling right now.
If the bird is looking for cuddles and asks for attention, you should take the hint that they trust you.
Preening is a method where birds use their beam to clean and arrange their feathers neatly. This is something they don’t like doing in front of just anyone, but if they do, it usually means they trust them.
This shows that the bird is in its comfort zone, and is gaining pleasure through your presence. It indicates that you are the likable person for the bird.
6. Calm And Relaxed
Birds act scared and frantic around people they don’t trust or new owners. They have different ways of showing their anxiety and panic. However, if you feel that the bird is calm and relaxed around you, it means that the bird trusts you.
When your bird starts trusting you, they won’t hesitate to try unfamiliar food items from your hand, while this may not be the case when someone else offers it to them. They’re not worried about what you’re doing behind them and are comfortable turning their back to you.
They often play with you and show a visibly relaxed posture around you. When they’re away from their habitat in an unknown environment, they retreat to you for safety and comfort.
The trust built gradually can be lost if you push their fear threshold while training them. You must know your boundaries around the birds and should not test them all the time.
This means you should not be trying new tricks in order to train them. This way, they will start being scared of you. Similarly, if they do something new that you wanted to capture but couldn’t the first time, don’t force them to do it one more time.
Pushing them to try new things will make them feel afraid and scared of you. Focusing on things like trying to post every new thing they do on social media rather than on what your bird needs will drive them away.
If the bird trusts you, it will naturally play along. But forcing them to be playful can make them feel scared of you.
Gaining Your Bird’s Trust
If you see signs of your bird not trusting you enough, be patient with them.
Communicate with them in a low soft voice. Loud noise scares every bird. Try and give them a few treats to create a bond (not too many, though). Let them go out of their cage to play.
Be ready to be a safe space your bird can retreat to when they feel too out of their comfort zone. Birds enjoy singing and music. In the end, spend as much time with them as possible.
You have to make a lot of effort and give the birds time to trust you. Once you reach that level, be careful to maintain that trust and not lose it.
Birds are very loyal and jolly pets. They aren’t difficult to read. You just have to be observant of their body language to figure out if they trust you or not.
Purrfect n’ Pawesome is the brainchild of Amanda, who has been into researching and writing about pets to help other pet parents in nurturing their adorable pets. Currently, she runs Purrfect n’ Pawesome along with her team of experienced and dedicated pet experts. Along with being an awesome writer and entrepreneur, Amanda is a cat mom to two innocently spoiled cats, Balanca and Scruffy.
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Over the years, she had the opportunity to work with various pet owners having multiple breeds, and that exposure gave her experience and the lessons of a lifetime.
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