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Date last edited:  06/20/12


 

 

 

African Grey's Body Language  (reprinted with permission)

as told by Pepper the African Grey and written by Issie

Action Translation
Standing on two feet. I'm alright.
Standing on one foot. I'm relaxing.
Standing on one foot, feathers fluffed. I'm really relaxing.
Standing on one foot, grinding beak. I'm getting tired.
Standing on one foot, head between shoulders, half fluffed, eyes glazed. I'm trying to get some sleep
Head facing back tucked under wing. I'm sleeping.
Tail shake. OK, I am ready for something new.
Rubbing beak back and forth against perch. I'm cleaning by face.
Standing on one foot with head tucked under foot in the air. Just cleaning some feathers.
Spread wings a little and rub face on back Getting ready for some serious preening.
Lift wing and picking at different feathers. Preening.
Reach back, run red feathers through beak. Preening. Have to keep that
tail looking it's best.
Standing straight, staring right at you. I'm ready to be picked up.
Pacing back and forth on perch. I said, I was ready to be picked up!
Standing on one foot and shaking/waving the other. Pick me up, NOW!
Head lowered, wings half raised, feathers fluffed, leaning forward. I see something I want and if you don't pick me up now, I'm going to have a nervous breakdown.
Flapping to the ground (wings clipped). I wanted you to pick me up, but
could not wait any longer.
Standing on your foot. Ok, I am sorry for flapping to the ground, pick me up, please.
One foot shaking with claw beating quickly against the side of my head. I have an itch.
Beak on the ground, neck feathers fluffed up. I want a scratch.
Head down, Left wing fully extended with support from left foot. Big Stretch!!
Head down, Right wing fully extended with support from right foot. Continuation of Big Stretch!!
Head down, both wings partially extended upward. Big Stretch, final episode.
Mouth wide open, head extending as far up as it will go. Stretch/Yawn combination.
Head bobbing and then regurgitating. I love you! (what else could it
mean?)
Grab side of cage with beak, bottom of cage with foot and scrape bottom with other foot. Let me out of here!
Standing straight, staring right at you. I'm waiting for you to look away so I can do something bad.
Beak on the ground, neck feathers fluffed up. I want you to try and give me a scratch so I can bite you!
Holding on to top of cage with both feet and beak. I am going someplace.
Hanging from top of cage with both feet. I am playing.
Hanging from top of cage with one foot. No problem, still playing.
Hanging from top of cage by beak only. No problem, still playing but
trying to make you think I am going to fall.
Hanging from top of cage and falling to bottom. Oops, I guess that beak thing didn't work too well.
Head lowered and turned 90. I see something on the floor that I want.
Extending top part of beak and lapping with tongue. Whatever it is that you are drinking, I want it!!
Standing on forearm, biting shirt at the shoulder and clawing upper arm. I want up!
Hanging from shirt collar by beak and waving one foot in the air. I want down.
Hanging from shirt collar by beak and waving both feet in the air. I want down, NOW!
Two steps back, rear-end rubbing the table. I need to go potty!
Lying on back with feet in the air. Yeah right!!   I don't think so.


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