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Old 06-17-2017, 12:51 AM   #1
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Odd question; do parrotlets respond to distress/,injury?

I have sleep terrors in the early morning. This is a very odd question for here but I have noticed that my p'let will alarm call and slam into her cage walls on mornings where I am tossing more heavily, and I'm very curious about it.

I was curious if parrots seem to be able to distress or percieve a human's injury? Or even whether yours seems to?

I know many dogs have been shown to respond to human emotion and injury, but I am skeptical for a parrot.
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Old 06-17-2017, 03:39 AM   #2
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Yes, they are a very empathetic species. It is not unusual for a bird to pick up on the emotions of creatures with it, especially its owner and other flock members. Parrotlets may actually be better at it than most dogs or cats since they are prey and flock animals and being in tune with other living creatures in their environment makes survival more possible.

This is empathy issue is a fairly common one we discuss with newbies. Sometimes an owner is so concerned and apprehensive about their bird that the bird picks up on it and starts acting odd. This feeds back to the owner, who gets more concerned and on and on until something breaks the circle.

Outside of that you will bunches of stories on here about our birds keying into our emotions or sicknesses and reacting accordingly. So yes your bird probably does know that you are in distress and is acting accordingly.

Personally, recently I have been having a lot of back and knee problems. At times I am in a lot o pain and it is enough to change my demeanor. I have noticed that on days that the pain is bad that Jules acts differently. Maybe stays on me or flies over to check if I am alright more. She also tends to be a little more affectionate on those days which means they are a little better from my perspective. Scritching Jules head makes both of us feel better.

Lately there have been some interesting work involving parrots and PTSD veterans. Some bird sanctuaries have opened their doors to the veterans and it seems the birds are pairing up with them to the betterment of both.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-parr...ans-with-ptsd/

http://www.today.com/series/veterans...d-heal-t106013

http://parrotsforpatriots-org.nwbirdrescue.com/
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Old 06-17-2017, 04:33 PM   #3
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Interesting! Good job picking up on it, that deffinatetly seems to be going on there. I'm picking up in some jealousy from my own bird towards the phone at the moment.... Ouch
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Hello -

I've watched clear responses from my birds, just as with my dogs, to my emotions, and to times of physical suffering. As an example, a few years ago when I came home from heart surgery Sky was very gentle with me, and whenever I needed to sleep she would nap right along with me, not letting out a peep. Then when I woke up she would chirp and such, eat and play. Usually She loves me to stroll around the house when I'm handling her, but while I was recovering in the early weeks she understood that I could not do so very long and just let me sit with her, no movement expected. She was my little "blue nurse" and good company, along with my dog of the time. So definitely they tune into us!
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I have sleep terrors in the early morning. This is a very odd question for here but I have noticed that my p'let will alarm call and slam into her cage walls on mornings where I am tossing more heavily, and I'm very curious about it.

I was curious if parrots seem to be able to distress or percieve a human's injury? Or even whether yours seems to?

I know many dogs have been shown to respond to human emotion and injury, but I am skeptical for a parrot.

You have every right to be concerned about birds having empathy.
When my p'lett, Bogie, was 6 months old, he witnessed something terrible and he did act out. I was outside and using a table saw. I was cutting pieces of bamboo when a piece caught in the blade and pulled my hand into the blade. I nearly severed my index finger off and the blade also cut four fingers.
I wrapped my hand in a rag and ran into the kitchen. (Please excuse the graphic wording) Blood was every where. I took off the rag and ran water on the injury at the kitchen sink. It really hurt. I was not happy. Then all of a sudden, I realized that Bogie was looking at me and all the blood. His cage is 3 feet from the sink.

His head was lowered as he leaned towards me and he was making a strange guttural sound. He swayed back and forth on his perch. I had never seen him like this. I cleaned out the wounds and wrapped an entire roll of paper towels around my hand. I drove to my family doctor's office. He has a small emergency surgical operating room.

He stitched me up and I went home. There was Bogie. In his cage. As I walked towards him, he made an eerie crying sound and was hanging up on the side of his cage. I told him I was okay. But he kept making that noise. It drove me crazy. He wouldn't stop. He watched me like a hawk!. My wife came home and let Bogie out. He immediately flew over to me and landed on my right shoulder--opposite of the injury. He calmed down, but would not leave my side.

I got up to go to the rest room and he stayed right with me. He wouldn't drink or eat. I went to put him night night and he cried and cried. I came out of my bedroom and slept in my recliner where he could see me( He does not get covered at night).

For three weeks, Bogie stayed right with me. I had to hand feed him or he would have died. Our relationship changed on that day. And, to this day, he has been very close to me. Not only did Bogie bond with me after my injury, he somehow remembers that day. When I am sitting at the table, he goes to that hand and kisses it and puts his " Baby " (bottlecaps) on top of my hand. Not my right hand, but my left hand, where it was injured. He ignores my right hand completely.

He did not know what happened to me that day, but he sensed I was in deep trouble. Up until that time, he had not bonded with me at all. He saw the pain I was in. His change towards me absolutely changed on that day. He has been by my side ever since. He has excelled in learning verbal skills and commands. If he bothers me while I try to do something, all I have to do is give him a stern look and he stops his pestering me. Sometimes when he is in sitting on top of his cage, I will say, " Ouch!" real loud. He flies right to me.

These birds know more than we will ever give them credit for. Bogie felt my pain. No doubt.
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Oh, wow, David! That is an incredible story, really amazing. Thank you for sharing.
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They do respond to our moods. If I'm not feeling well and just want to nap, Timmy stays relatively quiet. If I'm in a foul mood or stressed, he picks up on it and gets really grouchy and disagreeable. It's quite amazing how in tune with us they are.
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