Hi! Brand new bird owner here. I’ve taken in a bird that was relinquished to the zoo where I work. He is about 2 1/2 months old. He does this head shake in the “no” fashion at times. I think he’s literally saying no but I’m new to all this. He will do it sometimes when I take him out of his cage. Once he’s out he’s normally very active and chewing everything. I’ve taken a video to share to make sure this I am on the right track. When he does this, do I just let him stay in the cage? He seems to keep coming back to me tho? Thanks for any help. We are getting to know each other and we are both starting from ground zero.
Oh yea, also when he is on my shoulder he chews on it. Not aggressive just like he chews on everything. He has lots of chew toys in his cage that he chews on constantly too. This boy has some serious energy lol. I shrug my shoulder when he does it. Any other ideas?
The head shaking is probably a variation on quaking, which baby QPs do when they want to be fed or want attention. Up-and-down nodding is more common and even older QPs sometimes do that. My QP Ralph does it to let me know that he likes something or agrees with something I said. I think your parrot is preening you, which is not unusual. Parrots like to keep their humans looking their best and will try to remove scars, warts, blemishes, stray hairs, anything they think doesn't belong. There are lots of things you can give your QP to chew. The one thing Ralph enjoys chewing up is popsicle sticks. Plastic drinking straws are good too, and so is clean paper.
I know of other Quaker parronts whose QPs tried to remove freckles. If you wear any jewelry or a watch, you might better remove them when handling your parrot. Besides being expert preeners, they're also notorious jewel thieves.