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Do parrots fly more erratically in the wild?

I think i might have read somewhere that they do. If they do, what's the reason? To fight off birds of prey?
Is it mainly smaller parrots that do this, again, if they do.

I'm not sure if i actually read it or if i dreamt i read it.
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I haven't heard that myself! But I imagine they would

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I think that would be dependant on species. I know that the wild Sulphur Crested Cockatoo's, Galah's and Corella's usually fly more in straight lines, as they go over my house at least twice a day. But the Rainbow Lorikeets that fly over fly more erratically.

In the wild the Budgies tend to fly in huge flocks and sort of in a zigzag movement to put the predatory birds off.
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My P'lets need air traffic control. If they are frightened they simply take off. Same with the 'Tiels although they don't get to far since they are clipped.

My P'lets crack me up though when I get home from work. The only time they are caged is if I leave the house for work, the rest of the time their cage door stays open and they come and go at will. You can tell that after 8-10 hrs of being in their cage on a work day that they are beyond ready to get out. I literally will get home, immediately go to my office, open their cage door first...this is before I set anything down, take off jacket etc.

They know my schedule and are waiting right at the door, as soon as it opens they are out and flying all over the office very erratically for a solid 20-30 minutes. It's like all that energy gets bottled up and they suddenly start acting like an ADHD kid who was given a sack full of sugar. They just go nuts flying all over the place, then they settle down once it's out of their system. Their navigation skills aren't very good though....
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I've noticed my tiel flies quite erratically, keeps changing directions, going up and down and whatnot.

Haha that's cute with the parrotlets. I remember growing up, we had 2 budgies, i'd open the cage for them as soon as i got home from school, and they'd fly all around the living room for ages, taken a couple second breaks every now and then. Charming little birds.
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