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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-19-2012, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
 
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Alien vs Predatory (behavior)

Any dog owner can attest to a dog's actions when handed one end of a short rope, or most any small toy -- he/she will immediately grasp the rope between his/her teeth and shake his head hard and abruptly. This, I understand is predator instinct -- it's done to quickly break the neck of small prey or otherwise weaken them.

Krikkit the conure does this exact thing with my finger when she flies over to greet me and I waggle it in front of her face -- she grips it in her beak and shakes it violently. As she should not have the same predatory nature as a canine, this action seems alien to my expectations of birds' activity. Anyone know why her "flies go with that shake"?

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You sure she isn't trying to regurgitate on you haha?

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Scully used to do that. I really have no clue why though.


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some birds actually do this to kill a meal there are some birds that eat snakes and they will shake it or throw it against something to kill it so they don't get bite. i would have to look up which birds but i do remember watching it on animal planet once it was neat to watch

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You sure she isn't trying to regurgitate on you haha?
No, she has a different "move" for that!

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