Why do parakeets stand on one foot?


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If a budgie feels completely at ease and is completely relaxed, this is also reflected in its posture. The plumage is then fluffed up a little over the entire body, whereby the body silhouette appears overall harmonious. To relax their feet, budgies often pull one leg towards the body and fold their toes together in what is known as the "kissing hand position". Sometimes you can see the foot, see illustration on the right, but often the foot is pulled so close to the body that it disappears in the plumage. So that both legs can relax, the standing leg is sometimes changed after a while and the other foot is pulled towards the body.

In this posture, many budgies soon begin to perform their typical pearly song. The volume can vary or decrease over time, which often means the animals get drowsy and soon begin to doze off. In addition, the singing is usually louder in the morning than in the evening.

Another sign that budgies are feeling very comfortable and at ease is when they grind their beak. This can be observed particularly often in the evening hours, just before the animals fall asleep. The fact that birds want to sleep shortly is also shown by the fact that they turn their head backwards and assume the typical sleeping position.

One foot is not always pulled towards the body when a budgie is particularly comfortable. Depending on where it is sitting, a bird may simply fluff its plumage so much that both feet disappear underneath. The head is usually placed a little forward. Sometimes the birds even adopt a horizontal posture. If you close your eyes with relaxed eyelids, this is also a typical sign that you are feeling good at the moment. The bird shown in this paragraph shows this typical, very relaxed posture.

Old and frail budgies or birds that suffer from a physical limitation that affects their legs can often no longer stand on one leg as well as young, healthy animals. That's why they lie on their stomachs to relax. You can tell from the harmonious silhouette of the fluffed plumage that they feel comfortable and are by no means exhausted or sick. You can be absolutely sure when they grind their beak or sing to themselves.

Not comfortably puffed up, but sick
If a budgie sits fluffed up in one place, the plumage shows edges (for example in the area of ​​the wings on the back) and if it stands permanently on both legs, it usually does not feel comfortable at all, but is most likely sick. When they are physically unwell, budgies usually do not pull their feet into their plumage. They also rarely sing or not at all when they are sick or in pain. As a bird owner, you should definitely take action and find out the cause of the bird's discomfort. The bird shown in this paragraph suffered from a painful illness and did not feel well, which can be recognized by the "non-round" silhouette of the back (see white marking).