I’ve read on bird forums that it’s not good to kiss your parrot; that you will expose him to people germs that are not native bird flora. I don’t see how this can be true. I often give my bird a closed lips kiss on the beak or cheek or top of head; a PECK, if you will. Birds encounter foreign germs all the time; I can’t see how a little smooch on top of the head is any more germy than a scritch from my fingers. A healthy bird should have enough of an avian micro flora that stray mammal bacteria will not take hold.
I agree that it’s not good to let your bird clean your teeth or eat food out of your mouth. Tartar has loads of germs even though parrots are often fascinated with teeth. But is a peck on the head or side of the beak a big deal, as far as behavior problems or being confusing? My Willow (and certainly Lucy) seems to enjoy comically loud smacks on the head. He’s a boy, so there’s no worry of a misunderstanding and egg laying; but Willow also does not seem to be courting me or having any “sexy” behavior issues.
Birds preen with their faces all the time. Is there really any problem with a smooch from mom or dad? My birds actually make kissy noises at me as I walk past their cages or get a drink at night. It makes me feel good; Willow doesn’t talk much in human words, but a blown kiss still shows love. And if it’s his ultimate “happy sound” I think it’s a compliment.
Is this a problem or is it not? Or is it just something to take case by case, like when Jasper starts to get clucky and romantic and over excited, and bites because she’s too wound up. THAT seems to be when you should not cuddle or kiss your bird.
That seems to always be a debatable issue. I would recommend against kissing a parrot's beak, if for no other reason than it could result in a pierced lip. If you have doubts about actually planting a kiss on a parrot then maybe an "air kiss" would do as well, and avoid actual contact with the parrot.
This is true. Willow was in a mood today and had not had his avicake yet. I smooched his beaker and he pinched me. Which means that I did not check in with him to make sure he was feeling snuggly before I smooched.
Oh well. It makes me happy when they kiss at me from their darkened cages; and usually Willow loves it. Just not today. Smooching the top of the head is a fine alternative.
I remember reading on the other parrot forums of a few unintended piercings of noses, lips and ears when parrots suddenly and unexpectedly chomped their surprised humans. Ralph has gotten me on the nose a couple times, fortunately not biting hard enough to do any real damage. That was back when he used to groom the bridge of my nose by scraping it with his beak. He doesn't do that anymore and I can't say that I miss it.
Hmm, I’ve heard that before and in the same vain they say don't bite food off then give a piece to a parrot. But cssey is always asking for kisses and he does get them from me. he also has been known to gently lick the side of my face. i wouldnt trust him near other peoples faces. My grandson was over today and wanted to hold him but the only safe way for that to happen is to place him on his head and take a picture for him.