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Published on Apr 28, 2011
People tend to pet animals from the top of their heads to the tip of their tails. This does work for many mammals. Birds on the other hand...not so much. Parrots can get used to being stroked this way. But I would say it is not their preferred method to be touched. Most parrots prefer to have only the feathers on their head touched. And get this...they want you to stroke towards the beak, not the tail. A parrot who is enjoying having his head scratched will fluff all of his feathers up in response to touch. Check out Delbert, my yellow naped Amazon parrot enjoying a head scratch.
A few favorite spots on most parrots include under the beak, over the ears and just above the nares. Parrots can't reach these feathers to preen. Therefore they rely on other parrots or their human companions to take on this task. I believe this is why they are more receptive to touch on their head's as opposed to other parts of their body.