Why Is My Parrot Flapping His Wings?

Wing flapping is a common behavior in the avian world. 

Since parrots can’t speak, they express themselves in various ways, and flapping is just one of their ways. 

Question is – Why is my parrot flapping his wings? 

Your parrot flaps its wings to exercise and burn off some energy or to express emotions.

Sometimes they do it to seek your attention, so you interact with them.

You think they are just squawking, but they are actually trying to tell you something. 

Sometimes parrots frantically flap their wings when they get stuck onto something, a perch or a toy, which become apparent when you look at them. 

Several parrot owners say that their feathered friend sits on their heads and flap their wings out of excitement or happiness for something. 

Why Does My Parrot Keep Flapping His Wings? (In Detail)

Wing flapping from time to time is normal.

However, if your parrot incessantly flaps its wings, something is wrong. 

A parrot may be sick and flapping their wings to keep themselves warm and active, or they feel cold due to the weather.

Sometimes they do it to seek their owners’ attention.

When they notice someone entering the room, they scream to the top of their voices and continuously flap their wings until the owner notices.  

Important Tip: If you are a working individual, we recommend placing the cage near a window, so your feathered friend enjoys the views outside and doesn’t feel lonely.  

Some parrots are continuously flapping their wings after preening to remove remaining debris and ensure feathers are all clean and ready to fly! 

For those of you who don’t know, preening is a simple process where parrots remove any dirt and powder-down feathers that grow close to the skin.

Neat and clean feathers are essential for parrot survival.

That’s why an average parrot spends up to 30% of its day preening or maybe more.

How Do I Know If My Parrot Is Happy?

Parrots are beautiful, loud creatures.

They express themselves through every part of themselves.

If you notice your feathered friend doing one of the following things, know that they are happy and content.

Singing, Talking, or Whistling

These are clear signs which indicate that your parrot is happy and content. 


Soft chatters indicate happiness, but it also means that your feathered friend is doing experiments and learning how to interact.

As far as the chatters are soft and cheery, there’s nothing to worry about. 

Tongue Clicking 

Parrots often click their tongue against their beaks to seek attention and affection from their owners.

This is their way of saying they need a peck, want to be petted, or picked up. 

Hanging Upside Down

This is a clear sign that shows that your parrot is happy and comfortable in its new home. 


Birds regurgitate their food into their babies’ mouths to feed them.

If they do the same thing to you, it means they care for you, love you, and that they are happy and comfortable in their new home.

As disgusting as it sounds, that’s parrots’ way to tell you that they are happy!


If your parrot crouch towards you, this means they like you and want you to play or interact with them.


Purring signifies that your feathered friend is contented. So, whenever your parrot starts purring, know that they are happy.

Remember though there is a fine line between a purr and a low growl. Be careful with that. 

Why Is My Bird Flapping Its Wings At Night?

Birds are prey animals so they frantically flap their wings and make wild squawks whenever they notice any movements or sounds at night.

That’s their way of calling for help. 

Even shadows of your ceiling fan can scare your feathered friend! 

Cover the cage to block out any movement or noise.

Another thing you can do is place a night light, so they don’t feel from all the darkness and stay comfortable throughout the night.

Bird Flapping Wings But Not Moving (Possible Reasons) 

There are several reasons why birds flip their wings and don’t move.

Let’s discuss them one by one. 


It takes a little while for the parrot to become familiar with you and your home.

Owners often take things fast and end up scaring the parrots so much so that they become uncomfortable.

So, if you see your bird flapping its wings up and down while sitting in one place, they are probably irritated and upset. 


If your parrot is frantically flapping its wings up and down, it probably means they are letting out their frustration and aggression because of molting.

Molting is the phase when a parrot struggles to align its new feathers and get rid of the old ones that may be hanging or ready to fall out. 


Parrots flap their wings while staying in one place because they are new at this.

Baby parrots, probably 3 to 4 months old, flap their wings and check how much flapping is needed to lift themselves from the ground.

Daily and continuous wing-flapping give them the confidence and courage to go on long flights just like the many parrots we see in the sky! (of course in the wild!) 


This may be one of the reasons why your parrot is flapping wings but not moving.

Maybe they got their feet stuck on a sticky surface, or their feet were wounded. 

Do check if there is any injuries to your parrots foot


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