How to Teach Your Parrot to Hang Off Your Finger like a Bat

Learn how to teach your parrot to hang off your finger like a bat from Parrot Wizard Michael Sazhin in this Howcast video.

One of my Cape parrots are going to help me demonstrate how to teach a parrot how to hang off your finger like a bat. The goal is to be able to have your parrot hanging off your finger like this, just by his feet. We are going show you how it’s done.

In the beginning, the key to this trick, it’s a very easy trick, the key is to get the bird to be comfortable laying in your hands and hanging off on its back. The first step is to have your bird get comfortable with you putting your hand on its back. You are going to be able to need to roll him back. You’re going to put your hand on his back, like this, and give him a treat and get him used to being grabbed.

Then, we are going to put our hand on his back and roll him back a little bit. We want to make sure he does not get too uncomfortable, so we’re not going to go all at once. Give him a treat for that. I am going to roll him all the way on his back until he can lay in my hand, like this. He is still holding on with his feet, but he is lying in my hand, that’s good.

Keep in mind, folks, the process takes much longer. I’m just demonstrating the steps that you are going to need to go through. It may take a matter of a couple of days or weeks before your bird is comfortable laying in your hand like this.

Good bird. Very good.

I’m just going to keep rolling him back and briefly let go, and then hold him again and give him the treat. The goal is to just progressively have him on his back longer and longer, and go further and further. Invert him and get him comfortable being on his back.

Alright. Good bird.

I’m going to get to the point where I can roll him on his back and let go, and he is going to hang off my finger. Then, finally, when he is used to doing that, I can just roll him backwards and have him just hanging off my finger. Most birds aren’t going to drop their heads all the way like this at first. The way I do it is, I just trick him by holding the treat underneath, and have him pay attention to the treat to have him learn to hang longer.

Maybe even give him that treat, and that’s the way to get him to stretch his head down. Otherwise, most birds are going to curl their head upward while they’re in that position. They’re going keep their heads like that. By showing him the treat underneath, you can get him to bring his head down.

Finally, the very last step to making this a complete trick is you just snap your fingers and have him flip over and hang off your finger, like that.

That’s how you teach a parrot to hang off your finger like a bat.