Why Does My Budgie Eat My Hair

In this article you’re going to discover why your budgies eats your hair!

Is your budgie showing you affection?

Or maybe you’ve used some nice shampoo!

We’ll also cover the following topics

  • Why do birds preen your hair?
  • How do you tell if a budgie likes you?
  • Why does your bird want to be on your head?

So if you’re curious as to why your budgie is doing this then you’re going to love this article!

Let’s get started!

Okay so your budgie flies on your head and starts to nibble on your head

I get it – you’re probably thinking what is he doing?

The good news is – you got nothing to worry about

As a matter of fact you’re actually going to be really happy


Because the reason your budgie is nibbling your hair is because your little birdie is trying to groom your hair as if it was feathers

This is their way of showing you affection

How cute is that!

Budgies love landing on their owners head

Now if you don’t prefer your budgie to mess with your hair because you spent hours straightening it and looking beautiful then what you can do is gently put your bird on your hand and then onto your shoulder

Your budgie will get the idea soon

The good news is this wont’ be hard to do because your budgie already trusts you so taming it won’t be difficult

Why Do Birds Preen Your Hair?

Your bird nibbling your hair is showing your affection

This is called preening

What does preening mean? 

Preening is an activity that a bird conducts to keep their feathers in good condition

They do this to keep their feathers clean and neat

All birds pretty much preen

Your budgie preening your hair is a good thing as I mentioned earlier

They see you as their flock and want to keep your hair (Which they associate with as feathers) clean and neat

Saves you from combing it and cleaning it I guess!

Basically it’s a sign your budgie likes you

Talking about budgies liking you there are other signs you should look out for

How Do You Tell If a Budgie Likes You?

Here are some signs to look out for

  • Your budgie wants to cuddle with you. They pretty much love being around you, they groom you as mentioned in this article, rub their necks against you. It’s a clear indication your birdie loves you
  • Your birds wings plays a part in their body language. Ever notice your budgie wing flapping when you’re around? That’s a sign of happiness because you’re there
  • When your bird wags it’s tail feathers (Similar to what a dog does) it usually means your birdie is happy to see you
  • Observe your budgies body posture. You can find out more about all these signs in detail by checking out wikihow

Why Does Your Bird Want To Be On Your Head?

So out of all places to sit or stand your budgie chooses your head and you’re wondering why this is

The reason for this is because birds like to seek the highest spot which could show a sign of dominance or security

Some also say that even allowing your bird to sit on your shoulder can mark you as their possession in their heads

Honestly, it shouldn’t be a problem unless your budgie starts to poop on your head!

Also, your budgie will preen you which is their way of showing affection and that’s a good thing unless you’ve just done your hair up!

Wrapping It Up

A budgie eating your hair is actually a good thing because it’s their way of showing affection to you

They’re looking after you because they look at your hair as feathers and want to make it look neat and clean

This is called preening and is a behavior that budgies do among themselves to help keep each other clean

Your budgie basically thinks you’re their flock

If you want your budgie to not nibble your hair or sit on your head you should gently put your budgie on your shoulder and with time they will get the idea!


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