Haha, when I first heard Philiko grinding his beak he terrified me! I was scared he had broken his beak and was grating it around or something just as horrible, but then I googled it and it came up with a description which I knew was exactly what he was doing. I was so relieved! :blush:
marty10f - does the noise kind of have a sort of zippy noise to it, if you listen closely? Like someone unzipping and zipping up a bag or something? This is what Philiko sounds like when he grinds his beak.
The sound is kind of like an in between mixture of zipping up a zipper and the sound he makes when he eats his seeds. He does it throughout the day, I've never heard him when I cover his cage.
Does it really mean that hes happy? Because I just bought Jasper, and he is still a little scared of me (will not step up on my finger). BUT he is singing a lot. He will let me pet his tail and stomach through the bars, but other than that, he'll give me a little nibble on my finger.
By your description, it sounds exactly like grinding his beak. What does he do while he us making the noise? This might tell you whether he is happy or not. For instance - Philiko will grind his beak when he's the happiest - when he's on my shoulder or falling asleep. Maybe your bird does it when he's finished eating and feels nice and full, or when he's dozing off?
I just searched for this thread to see what is going on because Bobby is sitting on my shoulder grinding his beak at this moment. He is very near my ear and sounds really loud. He was asking for the shoulder I suppose he is content!
Another way to describe the sound is that, at least with my birds, it sounds like someone rubbing two pebbles together. It has that nails-on-chalkboard grating sound to it and at the same time, as others have said, they're forgiven because it's a happy noise, heeehee