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Why does my parrot love it when I stroke its beak?

Close up of Military Macaw Parrot's head
 

We perceive a bird’s beak as rigid and bony, but it’s actually a highly sensitive appendage.

Birds have touch receptors in the upper portion of their beaks, called Herbst’s corpuscles, which are highly sensitive.

Many birds do enjoy having their beaks stroked, but some don’t. If your bird wants the contact, it will usually initiate it

 
this is also why we discouarge trimming your own bird’s beaks. This should only be done by a board certifies avian veterinarian because should your bird flinch and the trimmer slip – damage could easily be caused to the herbst corpuscles seriously diminishing the sensitivity in your birds beak 
 
What you didn't know about bird beaks

Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground.Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care.He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis.He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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