Nymphs are undoubtedly one of the most beloved and popular species of parrots. These birds make excellent pets for many reasons, their affectionate nature, elegance, and intelligence. It is not surprising, therefore, that they have won the hearts of those owners who have decided to host this bird in their homes..
Now, living with a nymph implies knowing very well what their care and nature are. For this reason, if you have or have made the choice to host one of these birds at home, keep reading this AnimalWised article in which we explain the nymph behavior so you can understand and offer everything your little friend needs.You may also be interested in: Behavior of Rabbits Index
- Nymph characteristics
- What are nymphs like? - Character
- How do nymphs communicate?
- Nymph language
- Daily behavior of nymphs
- Nymph behavior - males and females
- Abnormal behavior of nymphs
Nymphs, also called carolines, are birds belonging to the family of the cockatoos from Australia. These birds have a life expectancy between 15 and even 18 years if they are cared for properly and are characterized by having an approximate size of between 25 and 33 cm in length (including their long and thin tail), having a flashy crest, long, pointed wings, plus a hooked beak which it uses to climb on vertical surfaces, such as logs or the bars of its cage.
Nymphs are often known to have the yellow and gray plumage, sometimes with orange cheeks, and present different patterns depending on whether the individual is female or male, a phenomenon known as sexual dimorphism, being normally the males more showy than their companions. In addition, through the breeding of this species there are now nymphs with varied color patterns, either completely yellow, spotted, and even white..
What are nymphs like? - Character
These birds can become the most loving pets if they are cared for with care and according to their needs. For nymphs are very sociable and intelligent and, for this reason, they need to be paid attention to and to feel accompanied by their human guardian. They are definitely not made to be sad, alone and locked in a cage all day.
These animals create a attachment bond very strong between them, for this reason it is recommended have them as a couple. Even so, this attachment is formed with its owner, since it represents its figure of comfort and safety, especially if she has been raised since she was little giving her porridge. Therefore, it is not strange that your carolina is affectionate with you and follow you everywhere. In the same way, if it is disturbed for some reason, such as a loud noise, it will easily calm down if you are by its side and speak calmly..
Lastly, nymphs are also very curious with their environment Y playful, They love to interact with all kinds of elements and toys that we offer them, in addition to playing with water. For all this, nymphs are considered one of the best birds to have at home.
How do nymphs communicate?
When your nymph wants to show her emotions, they will do it in the following way:
- Joy: When a nymph is happy, it keeps its crest high and will surely begin to flap its wings, often clinging to a perch or bar, waving them wildly as if preparing to take off. This behavior is also usually performed for exercise and as part of the courtship ritual in males..
- Anger: if when caressing your nymph she starts to make nibbles (which are not painful), surely she is telling you that she is upset because she did not like where you have touched her or she prefers to be calm at that moment.
- Tranquillity: when she is relaxed, you will see how her crest falls back. He can also stretch his wings (you will see that he opens them and keeps them fully extended) and may even drop his eyelids. If he also bows and puts his head inside his plumage, he will surely start to fall asleep.
- Attentive: When your nymph is on the lookout for something, such as a sound or you give her a treat, she will keep her expectant eyes on that element and raise her crest.
- Upset / scared: when a carolina feels threatened, it starts fluttering trying to run away and starts screaming.
- Look for your caresses: it is common to see how nymphs that have been raised since childhood and are used to human contact, lower and rest their head on the hand of their caregiver, asking for caresses.
- He wants you to feed him: If your nymph is still young and wants to ask you for food, it will start to rock its head up and down, while making a long sound as a demand.
Nymphs, being parrots, base much of their communication on the sound language. These sounds have multiple purposes and are largely the product of learning, especially if they have been raised since they were little. Therefore, the sounds they emit adapt to different situations, either to call their caregiver, ask for food, because they feel threatened… Also, as we will see later, repetitive and constant sounds can also be the result of stress. There is, therefore, a wide range of sounds that these birds can emit, such as:
It is also known that nymphs, like many parrots, can imitate us, learning words if they are taught, as well as saying whole sentences or singing songs. If, for example, when you feed her you say "food", she could understand what this word refers to and say it every time she is hungry. Now, many times they can surprise us learning words that we would never expect.
Daily behavior of nymphs
If you have a nymph, you are likely to see these types of behaviors in her every day:
- GroomingHygiene is a very important habit for many birds, for this reason you will see how your nymph will clean and comb the feathers with its beak often. In addition, grooming is also a social behavior, in which these birds clean each other in areas where they do not reach themselves, such as under the beak or behind the head..
- Hitting objects: When your nymph wants you to listen to her, she tries to get your attention by hitting objects with her beak. In addition, some males also tend to perform this behavior with the intention of showing what their territory is..
- Throw objects- Often times, if your nymph is frustrated and bored with being locked in her cage, she will start to pick up and throw objects against the bars.
- Hang upside down: This surprising behavior, in which it will seem that your nymph wants to imitate a bat hanging upside down, is commonly performed by males with the intention of defending their territory.
- Play: As we have mentioned, nymphs are birds that love to interact and browse with all kinds of elements, for this reason they love to play with the toys you offer them, with water… ¡So don't expect your nymph to sit in her cage all day doing nothing.!
- Raise a leg: Normally you will see that your nymph raises one leg and hides it in the plumage, staying elevated on top of a single leg. This behavior is completely natural, and they usually do it to better maintain the heat of their bodies.
¿Do you want to know more about nymph care? Discover this other AnimalWised article about ¿How to care for a nymph or carolina cockatoo?
Nymph behavior - males and females
As we have commented, the nymphs present color variations depending on the sex, the females being less striking than the males. But it is also common to distinguish them by their habitual character, since males tend to emit sounds like whistling or singing, this fact also makes them more likely to learn words than females.
Not only that, but males tend to perform courtship behaviors when they are with a female in heat (influenced by temperature, as the cold has a negative impact). The mating ritual he usually starts it, trying to show himself effusively so that the female will pay attention to him. This usually breastfeed showing off his striking plumage and dancing to impress her; parting its wings and tail, stretching its neck and hopping. In addition, the male usually emits melodious songs, which if they are beautiful enough, can finally make the female show interest in him.
Finally, if the female has accepted the male, he is tomake sure the nest is comfortable enough, will prepare it thoroughly and call the female for mating.
Abnormal behavior of nymphs
We refer to abnormal behavior as those behaviors that reflect stress and pain and that, therefore, they should not be normal in the daily life of your nymph, as it would mean that, or is not receiving the necessary care, or is ill and should be taken quickly to the vet.
In general, if you have observed a abrupt change in behavior your nymph's habitual, such as inactivity, stopping eating, moving away from you, stopping washing, frequent tremors… These kinds of behaviors are clear signs that something is wrong.
Symptoms of stress in nymphs
There are also various behaviors that indicate that your little friend is stressed. Commonly, this state of discomfort usually manifests itself in the form of stereotypes, which are behaviors repetitive and no apparent function performed by many animals when they are captive and in an unstimulating environment. That is, it usually occurs in nymphs which do not have adequate environmental enrichment and they feel alone (either because they do not live with another nymph or because they are not paid enough attention) and, therefore, they cannot interact with different elements in their day-to-day environment. Some examples of this kind of behavior would be:
- Sting: the nymph could begin to pluck its feathers, reaching serious injuries in extreme cases.
- Screams: the nymph begins to scream repeatedly and constantly without apparent cause.
- Wander aimlessly: that is, you can start to travel a path, going back and forth repeatedly without a specific purpose.
Finally, apart from observing this kind of behavior when this bird is not well, we will also see a clear change in its state of mind, showing itself excessively fearful and aggressive, a fact that limits interaction with her, due to the panic she may experience when her caregiver approaches, and bite if she is cornered.
To take good care of your nymph, we recommend you read this other AnimalWised article on Diseases of the nymph carolina.