Why Does My Parrot Not Fly?

Avian lovers from across the globe find that keeping a pet parrot is quite an amazing experience.

You see, parrots make excellent pets as they have hilariously funny ways, affectionate nature, and fierce loyalty towards their humans.

Hence, when adoring pet parents see that their adorable winged baby is refusing to fly, many of them suffer from minor panic attacks.

And, you have the internet full of pet parents anxiously wondering why their feathered friend isn’t flying.

Well, wonder no more. 

There are many reasons why your pet parrot might not be flying away.

Your parrot might prefer to stay with the flock, your parrot might not want to leave the safety or comfort of its cage, or your parrot might have clipped wings. 

Let’s look into why your parrot might not want to fly and what you can do to encourage your beloved friend to take flight.

Why Is My Parrot Not Flying? (In Detail)

It isn’t always that your parrot won’t go around flying and exploring.

But, there are times when your beloved pet might not choose to fly off;

let’s explore some of those times:


As mentioned earlier, parrots make spectacular pets due to their silly, obnoxious antics and their unflinching faithfulness.

Some birdies choose not to fly as they are so attached to their humans that they simply refuse to use their wings.

It might sound incredulous.

But, in truth, many pet parents have actually made videos of their parrots who refuse to fly away even if they are perfectly fit and healthy.

Also, in many cases where humans have raised parrots from birth, such parrots aren’t keen on flying anyways.

Such avian animals then mimic their humans and use walking to get from one post to another.

You have to understand that parrots are flock birds and highly social animals; hence they create powerful social bonds with most of their cage mates and their human families.

Safety And Comfort

Parrots are birds of prey, and birds of prey aren’t famous for their courageous ways.

They appreciate the safety and comfort of their nests or, in the case of your parrot, its cage, open, un-sheltered places with no place to take refuge when or if the need arises.

If your parrot feels threatened or afraid of loud noises, predatory birds, or other animals such as cats moving around outside, your pet will likely refuse to fly. 

Clipped Wings

Yes, many pet parents clip the wings of their parrots to prevent them from flying away.

But, if your birdie is too young or someone’s managed to clip your parrot’s wings too close to its veins, you end up damaging your bird’s chances of ever flying again.

If your birdie’s wings have been irreparably damaged, then your parrot isn’t going to be able to fly away even if it wants to.

Psychological De-clipping

There are chances that if your parrot has suffered through the hands of a few poachers during its babyhood, then your feathered friend might suffer from anxiety towards flying.

Which is why, even with superbly beautiful feathered and ample muscles and choice, your parrot will choose not to fly.

But, if you genuinely want your parrot to ever fly around town, you will have to give your beloved pet the time to heal.

Full Stomach

If you wish for your parrot to fly after every time it has eaten, then your parrot might not be flying as a sign of protest.

Indeed no one enjoys going for a run after eating their belly full.

So, it is that your parrot might not want to fly after a huge meal. 

How Do You Make A Parrot Fly?

You can take a few steps to motivate your birdie to fly.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Work out before the meals or at least an hour after the meals. It is never a good idea to try and get your bird to fly after it has eaten a full meal. And, even in the wild, after birds have eaten, they rest.


  • Giving your bird time and space is necessary. If you’ve raised your beloved pet from its babyhood, then you will have to teach your bird how to take flight, and like any kind and loving parent, you will have to practice perseverance and show lots of love and encouragement.


  • Offering your birds tasty treats to fly over to you or to fly and get to places you want it to discover is another way to encourage your bird to fly. But, you will have to make sure that you don’t overdo the practice, or your bird might get frustrated too soon.

What Helps A Parrot Fly?

You have to look at your feathered friend’s entire anatomy to understand that Nature has intended for your bird to fly.

Beginning from the large flight feathers, their smaller secondary feathers, and their ability to flap their wings, everything plays a pivotal role in helping your parrot to fly.  

However, the bones, the respiratory system, and the four-chambered heart are all essential for optimal flying efficiency.

So, if you want your parrot to fly, yes, you will have to provide it with all the help it can get, from training to nutrition to a healthy lifestyle.

Wrapping Up

Parrots are fantastic pets, and you should be concerned when your pet absolutely refuses to take flight.

Sometimes, you just have to provide your pet with time, love, nutrition, and plenty of practice to get your birdie to go around whizzing past you. 


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