Which causes parakeets to puff up


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Because budgies cannot reach their own head with their beak, they use their claws to get relief from itching or to straighten their plumage. When a budgie wants to scratch its head, it moves its foot up under the wing so that the leg protrudes behind the wing. Then he lifts his toes to his head and scratches himself extensively for a few seconds with the two front claws, fluffing the head plumage. This way of scratching is typical for parrots. Other bird species take their feet up normally without passing it under the wing. Some budgies also show this behavior when they are not sufficiently mobile due to a bone disease or malposition, for example. A budgie scratching its head can be seen in the following video: please click here.

In order to scratch itself in the area of ​​the cloaca, a budgie first moves its foot backwards, then turns it inwards and then brushes it several times over the plumage, see photo in this approach. If he wants to apply plumage fat in this region of the body, he first takes it with the beak of the rump gland, puts it on one foot with his tongue and guides it backwards in the manner described above.