can birds sense bad energy

Energy is very important to parrots and how they react to us. Our birds can sense our every mood change, reading both your body language and the way you look to them in UV. They can perceive many more colours than we can, and – as the Island Parrot Sanctuary once put it to me – because of that, they know you better than you know yourself. They can see your mood.

One of the things I try and do with new or nervous owners is show them how their energy can affect their bird. If you go into a training session with anxiety, your bird picks up on this. He notices and wonders what’s wrong, making him more likely to react negatively. After all, you’ve accidentally put him on edge.

By outwardly acting cool and collected – even if you’re not inside – you can help your bird feel safer and calm down.

If you want to know how to use your energy in a positive way, it’s easy to begin. Deep breathing will lower your heart rate. Let everything go. If you’re nervous or afraid, fake it by adjusting your body language. This is as simple as squaring your shoulders, looking directly ahead, and moving confidently. Don’t shy away from the bird. Move slowly and deliberately, and ignore your fear. Breathe.

For owners who are scared of their pet, if everything gets to be too much, don’t try to handle him. Just quietly, calmly remove yourself from the room for a moment. Try and relax by breathing or stretching through your nerves. When you’re feeling ready, head back in. Projecting good energy goes a long way towards calming many birds down.

I asked once how the owner of the sanctuary could work with any parrot and not be afraid. After all, some can be very unpredictable and dangerous. She replied that of course she gets nervous sometimes, but she isn’t going to let a bird know that. By projecting quiet confidence with aggressive birds, and gentle reassurance with phobic ones, she prevents a bite most of the time. IF a bite should happen, she told me not to be afraid. It will probably happen sooner or later. Better to accept that than live in paralysing fear of it.

Cockatoos are really one species where you can most clearly see how energy and parrots work. Bobo, our umbrella cockatoo who went to live at the sanctuary due to my own visa issues in the UK, was like most of his kind: He responded immediately with more of the same. Energetic? Yup. He’d be just about bouncing off the walls. Scared? He’d attack because he was too. Calm and relaxed? Bobo would only calm down if I was calm, too. I learned to take him from bursting to bite to preening quietly on his cage top just through my own actions.

There was one point where he was being assessed by the IPS, and the room laughed at some joke that was told. Instantly, my bird went from a relaxed, chilled-out cockatoo, to manically laughing with his crest held erect. He was prepared to attack. The room lowered their voices then, and he slowly went back to normal. It was like watching a rubber band tighten and then release.

As one last example of energy and working with birds (and how it varies per individual), towards the end of my last visit at the sanctuary, I went from the macaw aviary into the disabled aviary, which held twelve or so African Greys. These birds are not able to move into the big-bird aviaries yet, for one reason or another. Many are too timid and need the disabled aviary as a sort of stepping stone in their recovery.

I was instructed to go and sit in their midst on my own. Remember that these beauties come from all walks of life, and are not all inclined to trust a stranger. With the macaws, I had been able to move with a lively energy. They were much more boisterous. The Greys were much quieter, and I knew I had to respond with more of the same to earn their trust.

So I pulled up a seat and talked gently to these Greys, not making eye contact yet. I let myself relax. As I settled in, the birds joined me one by one.

By adjusting my energy, I was able to tell them that I was no threat. I did not try to touch them or force my attention where it wasn’t wanted. If a bird turned its back, I stepped a few paces away and focussed on a more willing recipient. By reading their body language and letting them be the ones to choose to come near, I was able to connect.

You can do this with any bird, from any background. Through positive energy, you can help your bird feel safe, too.

In a similar vein, it’s teaching me about the things the universe wants us to sense and comprehend.

Now, leaving behind the vibe-check between people. Here, we’ve got another living creature to talk about. So, how did I know about it?.

However, it doesn’t just come down to good or bad; your energy also conveys information about the state of your body and mind. This is something new. Right?.

Yeah! This is true. Remember that everything on this planet is interconnected.

Every morning when I wake up, I experience the calm that comes with a brand-new day, with the sun shining brighter, the chilly air blowing through my hair, and the trees and plants swaying to the sound of the wind.

During his assessment by the IPS, there was a moment when a joke was told and the entire room laughed. My bird changed from being a content, laid-back cockatoo to a maniacal laugher with his crest held high in an instant. He was prepared to attack. Then, everyone in the room quieted down, and he gradually returned to normal. It felt similar to seeing a rubber band constrict and then relax.

As a final illustration of energy and working with birds (and how it differs per person), I visited the disabled aviary near the end of my last visit to the sanctuary, moving from the macaw aviary, which housed about twelve African Greys. For various reasons, these birds are unable to relocate to the large bird aviaries just yet. Many are too shy and require the handicapped aviary as a kind of transitional area while they heal.

I once questioned how the sanctuary’s owner could interact with any parrot without getting scared. After all, some can be very unpredictable and dangerous. She retorted that while she does experience anxiety occasionally, she won’t reveal that to birds. She often avoids a bite by displaying calm assurance around hostile birds and soft comfort around fearful ones. If a bite were to occur, she advised me not to panic. It will probably happen sooner or later. It’s better to accept that than to constantly be terrified of it.

For parrots, energy plays a major role in how they respond to us. Our birds are able to read our body language and how we appear to them in UV light, so they are able to sense any shift in our mood. As the Island Parrot Sanctuary once told me, they are able to perceive many more colors than humans, and as a result, they have a deeper understanding of you than you do. They can see your mood.

In fact, cockatoos are one of the species where the relationship between energy and parrots is best understood. Due to problems with my own visa in the UK, Bobo, our umbrella cockatoo, had to move to the sanctuary. Like most of his kind, he responded right away with more of the same. Energetic? Yup. He’d be just about bouncing off the walls. Scared? He’d attack because he was too. Calm and relaxed? Bobo would only go to sleep if I did. By simply acting on my own, I was able to teach him to go from snapping to bite to preening silently on his cage top.

FAQ

Can birds sense your energy?

This is also the case with pet birds, especially parrots, which respond almost instantly to the mood or energy levels of the human who is handling them.

Do birds know when something bad is going to happen?

Birds are known to be sensitive to air pressure changes, and often hunker down before a big storm. And in Florida, researchers studying tagged sharks say they flee to deeper water just before a big hurricane arrives. They also may be sensing the air and water pressure changes caused by the big storm.

Can birds sense your emotions?

Our birds are keen observers of our facial expressions, body language, tone and even energy levels and therefore we have to be cognizant of how our emotions can impact our birds.

Do birds know when you’re upset?

Can birds sense emotions in humans? From my personal experience I say, yes they do, but each of them responds in a different way. For example my green cheek conure always sensed when I was angry and agitated (not showing it to him in any way), and became more aggressive and vocal.