I have been trying to form words to ask this question for awhile now, and came up with 'innate wisdom' for the term I was trying to describe. I would love to hear different thoughts on the capacity of birds as far as age related skills or things that they learn at different ages. I don't feel I am describing this very well, which was why I have waited to pose this question. I can only describe it with examples best, I think.... So, here goes. Fergus (American Budgie), was about 8 months old approx. when he flew out of my bedroom where his cage is and into the kitchen behind the stove. I think he probably tried to perch on the rear top of the stove, but lost his footing on the smooth metal. I have just begun opening the bedroom door again (after an entire year) of keeping it closed when the cage doors are open during 'flytime'. (Time that they can fly out of the cage and around the room). I have this (possibly false) sense of security that since Fergus and Fiona are older now (almost 2 years old, and 1 1/2 years old), that they have learned things. Of course they know now that walls are walls, the window next to them is not fly through-able.. So we know that birds gain experience with age. Yet some wild birds still fly into windows, or other things that are fatal to them despite the experience they have gained. I am not sure how to proceed with the question, but hope I have explained it enough to where others can comment!