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Do your birds make food "trades"?
I've noticed our conure doing something the last couple of months and was wondering if anyone else has experienced anything similar. Byrdina has started "trading" food. Usually giving a non-preferred piece of something to get what he really wants. At home we have food and water dishes for the birds on our kitchen table for when they are upstairs and they often join us for meals. The first few times it was more of a "save for later" situation. Stealing veggis off our plate and putting them in his food dish. Then he took a discarded grape skin put it on the serving plate and took a choice piece of cabbage. Several times he has put pellets on my plate and then taken (or attempted to) take the food he wanted from my plate. At school, the students were eating bananas for snack and he was happily hanging out eating his bite of banana until he realized a student had a cookie at another table. He flew over, dropped the banana next to "cookie boy" and began begging a bite of cookie. Friday, we were having chocolate cake in the classroom. He was really wanting a bite of cake and ended up getting a beakfull of pellets from his cup, flying across the room to my Principal, dropping the pellets over his shoulder, then begging for a bite of cake.
At first I thought I was making up the trading in my head but as it has continued it is becoming clearer that he is doing it intentionally. I have never seen a bird do this before and am wondering if anyone else experiences this.