Narcissistic Parrot Loves Talking To Its Mirror Reflection
Rosie is learning how to speak! She sees herself in a mirror and keeps saying hello to her new friend. Birds and other animals make funny reactions when they see their reflection in the mirror.
It's a fact. Parrots recognize their own reflection in mirrors as another parrot! They may even become attached to the image and overly protective of the mirror. Some parrots have been seen dancing for themselves for hours on end. Talk about reflection obsession! This colourful and clever bird is truly an experience to witness. Mirror, mirror on the wall. "Hello! Hello! Hello!?"
One of the most common toys bird owners use is a mirror. But there's good and bad about giving parrots access to mirrors. It is recommended that the mirror remains a special occasion and not in constant sight. When a parrot becomes attached to the image, it may lessen their bond with you and create an unhealthy protective nature in the bird.
Say the parrot has seen its reflection in the shiny metal toaster. Well, when the bird is in the cage, no one may be allowed near the toaster as the parrot will begin to frantically reaction in protection of their buddy. Parrots mate for life, and once they choose a mate, they stay together forever. Detaching your bird from its new lover will be a romantically impossible task!
Mirrors may also confuse birds as they cannot hear, taste or smell the bird they think they are seeing. Without the ability to preen or touch the other parrot, they may become confused and frustrated.
That being said, used correctly, mirrors may be an excellent addition to improve your parrots quality of life! Are you worried your bird isn't getting enough attention from you? Mirrors may even help parrots who are lonely think there is company nearby to improve the birds mood.
Remember that glass mirrors are not only breakable but they are often backed with metallic compounds that can be toxic if ingested. Use caution in this endeavour, and do not give the cracking beak of a parrot anything it can shatter.
On positive end of the behavioural spectrum, parrots’ narcissism can be an amusing thing, and, under certain circumstances, it can be a useful tool for redirecting some traits. On the negative end of the spectrum, it can lead to obsessive territoriality combined with aggression. Parrot people need to be aware of the possibilities when parrots fall madly in love with their reflections. Be prepared for any problems! Remember, birds can be kept singly just fine without access to a mirror. Many bird owners refuse to allow their birds access, and others do. It's a controversial topic of conversation with highlighted good and bad outcomes. It's your decision and use your discretion.
We may never have the answers to the questions this topic brings to mind. The bottom line is that if it makes your bird happy and there are no unwanted behaviours resulting from it, there’s no reason to disallow this form of entertainment. There are many videos and conversations online regarding the topic. Explore which option may be best for your feathered friend!