Nymphs or carolinas are birds belonging to the cockatoo family, which are characterized by their sociable, intelligent and affectionate character. These birds also have a very complex body language, which is necessary to understand in case you have this bird as a pet..
In this AnimalWised article we want to explain how is he nymph body language, Since knowing your bird is necessary so that it is healthy and happy with you, because only by knowing what your nymph wants to transmit to you, will you know how to better relate to it and give it the best care.You may also be interested in: How to take care of a nymph or carolina cockatoo? Index
- Signs that a nymph is happy
- How to know if a nymph is afraid?
- Why doesn't my nymph stop screaming and snort?
- Signals a nymph emits to attract attention
- Importance of nymph grooming
- How to know when a nymph is relaxed?
Signs that a nymph is happy
There are several signs that together can make you understand that your nymph is happy. These signs are the tail swinging from side to side As if it were a dog, it will look at you attentively and with interest in what you do, keeping its head high and its crest high as well. In the process, they may whistle or sing to express their amusement and jump up to you.
How to know if a nymph is afraid?
When a nymph feels threatened, it is highly unlikely that it will stay still, as its first reaction will be to fly away as far as possible, while will scream desperate. However, if she is cornered, for example if she is locked in the cage, will dilate the pupils By observing the element you are afraid of, you will have labored breathing and will be restless trying to flee, hitting the walls of the area in which you are.
For all the above, it is important that you be careful when choosing where to place your nymph's cage, because if it is near any noise that scares it or within reach of something and / or someone who alters it (other animals, children, etc.), you could be easily injured if you hit the bars.
Why doesn't my nymph stop screaming and snort?
A nymph that snorts, screams, and emits other signals such as flapping, biting, or dilating the pupils, most likely is angry or threatened. There are two main reasons why a nymph might be aggressive. First, it could happen because she is threatened without the possibility of fleeing, she considers that she has no other choice but to defend herself from her alleged aggressor. For example, if a nymph is afraid of someone and that person puts her hand inside her cage, she could end up biting her because she is cornered.
The second reason why your nymph might be aggressive is with the intention of protect something and, therefore, prevent you or another nymph from taking it away. However, ¿how to know that your nymph is aggressive because of this? ¿What is the body language of an angry nymph?
Signs of an angry nymph
When a nymph is aggressive, it is usually dilate the pupils just as you would if you were afraid. In turn, it will maintain the head down and the lowered ridge back of the head. You will also notice that it quite possibly swells, ruffling its feathers, opening its tail feathers and flapping its wings at the same time. screeches showing you his anger.
In addition, a very curious behavior that this bird has is to move away from its territory those it does not accept, hanging upside down with outstretched wings, similar to a bat.
Finally, if your nymph is upset because, for example, you have accidentally hurt her by stroking her, it is very likely that she will tell you by giving you nibbles, not painful, and leave because you prefer to be calm.
Signals a nymph emits to attract attention
As we have discussed, nymphs are social animals that love to interact with others. The care of your caregiver is a need that must be covered, otherwise, your nymph will already be in charge of reminding you that you are for her, calling your attention insistently and in various ways.
When your nymph wants to claim your attention, apart from emit a wide spectrum of sounds for you to notice her, she will perform other behaviors curious like:
- Hitting and throwing objects with the pick
- Follow you around flying or jumping
- Snake from side to side with your head
- Spreading its crest, wings and tail
Importance of nymph grooming
Nymphs they are very hygienic animals if they are happy and healthy. For them, grooming is a way to take care of themselves and prevent diseases, as well as a routine that allows them to keep their feathers in good condition and ready for flight..
During grooming, Carolina's beak combs feathers from base to tip, removing feathers from all over the body. This apparently simple procedure has a very complex and useful function in the background, it is to distribute the natural oils throughout the feathers that are secreted by the uropygeal gland (located at the base of the tail), whose function is to protect, waterproof and keep the feathers flexible.
Thus, within the behavior of nymphs we also find the mutual grooming when they live in a group. This mutual grooming is a behavior that nymphs perform when they are friends, washing and combing each other with great care. But, ¿Why is this behavior important in nymph body language? Because if your nymph trusts you, she will ask you to caress her and help her comb her feathers. ¿How? Will come up to you a few times and lean on top of your hand.
How to know when a nymph is relaxed?
When your nymph is calm, you will see how she will remain with the lowered ridge and with the eyes with calm expression, it may even keep them ajar. In addition, it is common to observe that they perform stretches with its wings, keeping them fully extended, and bask if they feel like it.
Normally, when a nymph is relaxed, she will also groom herself or ask you to pet her. In the process it can even fall asleep hiding its head inside its dense plumage..
Now that you know the body language of nymphs, each of the signals they emit and why, you will be able to understand your little friend much better to meet all her needs. Likewise, to know how to take care of a Carolina nymph correctly, do not miss this video.