How to Teach Your Parrot to Fly

Learn how to teach your parrot to fly from Parrot Wizard Michael Sazhin in this Howcast video.

This video’s about teaching your parrot to fly. And, believe it or not, many parrots don’t actually know how to fly because they’ve been clipped at some point in their lives. Sometimes when you get a parrot as a baby, it has very little flying experience. But, at that point, even in the wild, parrots have to learn to fly; it’s not instinctive to them.

So, parrots that have never had the chance to fly before, when their feathers regrow and they’re no longer clipped, they actually need to learn how to fly around. So, I have developed this two-perch training technique with two of the Parrot Wizard training perches and you can use that to teach your reluctant parrot how to fly.

So, we’ll start by targeting the bird form perch to perch. Good. Perch wood target. Now, this is an easy step in terms. I’m going to just spread that distance a little bit and make him work a little harder at stepping across the gap. That’s good. Target. Good boy. Target.

Now, spread the gap just a little bit further. The goal is to make the gap just big enough that he has to take a big step or a hop to get across. That’s good. As your parrot learns how to start hopping the gap, he might fall and get a little bit unbalanced in the process. It’s going to make him throw his wings out and he’s going to have to actually learn how to fly a little bit across the short distance. So, I’m going to bring that back just a bit and show you how the big, big step works. Okay. Target.

So, you go from a big step to a little flight. Good. Then, you just keep practicing the process. Don’t forget that your parrot is actually learning to fly in this process. Also, your parrot is working it’s flight muscles. Your parrot’s muscles may be atrophied if it hasn’t flown a lot in the past. So, by doing these exercises your actually not only teaching it how to fly; you’re also exercising it to fly. Target. Good boy. Very good. Truman, target. Good boy. Target. Good job. Very good, Truman.

Now, the next step is teaching your parrot to fly to you, not just between stands. So, the beginning stands are good because they’re sturdy and reliable and your parrot can stay on them. But then you want to teach the bird to fly to you, that point you can get rid of the second stand and teach it to fly to your hand. At first, I’m going to use my other hand in front of the stand to trick it to keep doing what it was doing before, which is flying from stand to stand.

Instead, now I’m having it fly to my hand in the process. Truman, target. He’s doing it to my hand as he was doing it to the stand. We’re going to try that again. Target. That’s good. Very good, Truman. Good job. For the first few times, to teach the bird to go to your hand, you just have him fly from to stands to the palm of your hand and he learns to come to your hand.

Once he’s learned that, we can get rid of that second stand altogether and teach him to fly to your hand as the target. Target. Good boy. And now you can teach your bird how to fly back. Finally, you can take these skills to the very maximum and teach your bird to fly by command.

I like to call a parrot’s name since I have more than just one, so that each bird knows their call by name. So, only the bird that I call flies to me when I call their name. Truman. Good boy, Truman. Very good. Come get a perch. Good job. By teaching the command for it to fly to me, which is their name, then I save a perch for them to fly back. Truman. Good boy. That’s how you teach a parrot to fly.