This is the first of several practical exercises in this resource. We will start by focusing on one or few things at a time. In the next exercises we will move on to looking at the whole bird at once, as well as sequences of body language.

Start by reading the instruction above the image, then write down your observations either in the text box below the image, or in a separate document or paper. Move to the next image by clicking the slide buttons. When you are ready, you can see a suggestion of what a correct description might look like by clicking on the tabs under the images. 


Describe the eye of this macaw.

Suggested descriptions

1.1 Macaw eye

This macaw has a very round, wide open eye and is eye pinning; the pupil is very small and most of the visible part of the eye is covered by the iris.

1.2 Senegal parrot beak and tongue

This senegal parrot has a slightly open beak. The tongue is pointed towards the front of the beak.

1.3 Macaw beak and tongue

This macaw has a somewhat wide open beak. The tongue is tucked in the back of the mouth.

1.4 Amazon head feathers

Feathers on the forehead, cheeks, nape and neck are erect. The feathers on the top of the head are relatively flat.

1.5 Cockatiel feather position

Most visible feathers appear to be in a slightly tightened position. The crest is almost fully erect.

1.6 Macaw wings and tail feathers

The left wing is held in a folded position against the body, with the wrist protruding slightly in front of the body. The right wing is slightly lifted and tilted outwards. The tail feathers are flaired.

1.7 Amazon feather position

This amazon parot has tightened feathers all over it's body and head.

1.8 Parakeet posture

This parakeet has an upright posture; legs are somewhat extended, but the bird is not standing tall. Weight distribution looks to be even.

1.9 Caique posture

This caique is standing up tall and has a somewhat extended neck. The left leg appears shorter than the right, the beak is directed towards the right, and the left wrist is positioned slightly lower than the right, which indicates that the bird is shifting it's weight to the (bird's) left side.