She sticks bits of just about anything and everything in those feathers of hers, just like some wild birds do with real ants.What do you mean by 'anting'?
I still call it anting because her motions look exactly like that to me & she doesn't do anything else that could be considered nesty. Either way, it's definitely playful!I don't think it is firmly understood why some birds practice anting. One hypothesis is that it may help with parasite removal, and the birds are allowing the ants to climb under their feathers for help rid them of pest.
I don't believe little Bug is really practicing anting, she is likely presenting a combo of playful and nesting behaviours. Goffin commonly play on their backs The native corellas in my area even wrestle!
Just searched it up, they're not goffins here, apparently theyre "Little Corellas" and "Western Corellas"! I've also seed a few Long-Billed Corellas the other dayI thought goffins were only in Indonesia. How neat that y'all have them, too! Australia has so many neat birds!
The macaw boys are in the sunroom on one end of the house, the goffins girls day cages are in the middle of the house & we run 2 air purifiers. So far so good.They're so pretty!! Does your macaw do OK with the 2s in the house? I only recently learned it can be an issue, I had no idea.