Could anyone please tell me their opinion on why parrots chew wood? Yeah, I know, sounds like a dumb question. But it’s deeper than that. We all know that parrots chew on wood to keep their beaks in condition. But, why do they seem to relish it so? My Timneh African Grey eats a popsicle with me most evenings. He will break off bits of the frozen treat until the stick is exposed. Then he totally forgets about the popsicle and goes to work on its stick. He even closes his eyes when chewing, as if this, ‘meal’, is the most wonderful thing in the world. He ends up leaving a pile of splinters on the floor, the couch, or my shirt. Once done, he starts asking to go to bed; he’s done for the night.
Please give me your take on this behaviour.
Cheers, Cindi Eppers.