Beak First vs Foot First | Parrot Body Language

Because Morgan has a left foot defect, she has always had people who had no clue how to properly handle her. Do they treat her as normal? Do they compensate for her, or does she do that? The questions become endless.

Morgan has not been able to speak a common language with her previous owners and I’m determined for this to come to a stop. How?

Clear communication through training.

You’ve all heard me say, “I don’t want your beak first, I want your FOOT first.” I will not even present my hand close enough to her until she knows me clear body language (through lifting her foot, or shifting her weight to do so) that her only intention is to STEP UP.

Beak first = I might bite. I might pinch. I might grab you (sometimes hard) to keep my balance. I might be gentle and simply use you to balance and step up nicely without puncture. But it’s a gamble.

Foot up = I want to step up on you. Giving a foot first, is a clear “my intention is to step up onto you.”

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  1. My lovebird had a periode that she bites me if I take her out of her cage. And now i realise then she goes beak first. All the other times foot first,
    I never thought of this…. another thing to teach us to. Foot first.

  2. Excellent philosophy with clear a working language to passport with others.

  3. This is a really good point, I'm going to try and get monty to do the same. Thank you for explaining it!

  4. This was also useful to see how you gently hold their toe to provide support. Something I'm working on with my boyo. xA

  5. This is actually such a simple way to avoid miscommunication. By knowing clearly why your bird is approaching you beak first you can solve so many communication problems before they happen. You can clearly see hey I'm going to bite & avoid the bite before it happens, there is no wait are they going to step up or bite me confusion.

  6. I am adopting a Blue and Gold in the next 4-5 months. The bird will be around 4 months old when I bring him home. I can and should start training that young, right?

  7. Explaining training to humans is much harder than training animals. You do a great job at both.