Every morning, and every night, “Birdy” will open his mouth wide and wiggle his silly little tongue really quickly from side to side. Then he shuts it and continues on his merry way. It makes me laugh ’cause it looks ridiculous, but if he’s yawning… awwwww!!! HOW CUTE!!!
It looks almost like he’s screaming, and his tongue is losing its mind in his mouth, but there’s no sound, and he never looks distressed or anything, so I did some researching.
Some discussions have mentioned yawning (which seems to make the most sense to me) but some have mentioned that it could be their warning signal for us to stay away (which could be it too, since he’s a bird and I’m big and maybe he’s still nervous?) Doesn’t seem to be though. He’s bossy and bold and I think he likes me. 😉
For future reference, I found these:
Tongue wagging/twirling whatever! 😛 (and this was the only response so far)
“Sometimes they do this when they get a seed hull stuck in their mouth.“
Hrmmm… maybe, but I’m not thinking that’s it, since he only ever seems to do it when he’s greeting me. But not when I get home from work. Only in the morning and evening (although I will pay more attention to time)
Society “yawning” behavior? A few responses:
“My Gouldians do this too. It’s like an open mouth yawn and the tongue wiggles a bit. I read somewhere (maybe on this forum?) that it “could” be a symptom of Air Sack Mites. I’m really reluctant to give medicine if it’s not needed and I’ve been observing them for a few months now and I haven’t noticed other symptoms..soo..”
“I have noticed my green singers do this occasionally. I’ve only seen it when they are just sitting around on the perch, sometimes around the time they have been stretching their wings or legs. I feel sure it’s just a yawn, not a medical issue.”
“…I have noticed this in my canaries mainly and usually only when they are about to sing or just after. I would just watch him and see if anything else may appear as an issue but for now I would let him be as this is something he may do out of bordom or there may be a respiratory problem still unfolding…“
Canary keeps sticking her tongue out?? A few of the responses:
“My birds stick their tongues out and wiggle them around when they’re yawning, though they have done that for their entire lives.”
“Sometimes it’s a warning if someone is too close to them or if there is something near there nest then they do this open beak with their tongue out as a threat”
“Might be a warning. When I first got my birds they would do that all day to me, now they are used to me and of them likes to get close, though she does not want to perch on my finger.“
Yep. Yawning or a warning sign both sound plausible, though I like the yawning idea better. 😉
I had no idea birds needed to yawn. Dogs and cats do it, so why not? Makes more sense ’cause of when I’ve seen him do it upon waking up – during my “Good morning Birdy!!” wake up happy singsong voice, and when he’s getting sleepy and I do my gentle and quiet “Goodnight Birdy… it’s time for sleepytime.” routine. 😉
Though if it’s a warning sign, I’m thinking he doesn’t like my “singsongs” so much. *snort* 😛 LOL!!!!!
P.S. Here’s the only video I found on YouTube where it shows it at around the 0:47 mark (this is not my bird) but mine does it even more pronounced (but I’ve not been able to catch it on camera yet). He’s TOTALLY camera shy. Camera comes out, and he stops whatever cool thing he was doing.