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Why do their eyes pin

Post by jen5239 » Fri Oct 14, 2005 7:23 am

Hey everyone,
This may be a silly ? But why do their eyes pin when they're playing? Or eating? I've noticed Byndi's eyes pinning when doing both. Just wondering.

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Pinning

Post by Dani03 » Fri Oct 14, 2005 8:37 am

Hi again! Their eyes pin mostly when they are excited or agitated. Normally when they 'lunge' for you, you will see their eyes pin. Or when they play with a toy again they pin. However some birds rarely do it and some all the time. Take Mikaela's Baby, apparently she NEVER has pinned her eyes...so you never know with these birds :wink:

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Post by Mikaela » Fri Oct 14, 2005 10:15 am

Dan is right, although she is just a baby. You can see her little mouse eyes in my avatar.

Thank you Dani for thinking of me and Baby.... :lol:
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hehehe...

Post by Dani03 » Fri Oct 14, 2005 12:11 pm

Of course Mikaela...I just love Baby! It is kind of weird that she doesn't pin though...Prinny is just about the same age as Baby and she pins all the time, then again she is an albino. Her irises are really easy to see. Baby is cute though with her completely black eyes...

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Post by jen5239 » Fri Oct 14, 2005 12:33 pm

Thanks Dani & Mikaela! I wasn't sure if this was something they just did or what. Byndi pins his eyes when he's eating, when he's playing and if I'm trying to stick my hand in his cage. I know that's from anger. But I wasn't sure why he was doing it when he ate and played. Kind of had a break thru the other day! He was sitting on my shoulder for an hour and didn't try to bite me at all. And I even got to kiss him on his beak several times. He too kissed back, and didn't bite me. You know how birds grab your lip with their beak? Well he did that to me several times and never once bit me. I was so happy. Now yesterday he didn't try to come out of his cage at all. And I didn't force the issue. But every time I spoke to him he would make a little noise. Which was sweet. So we're getting there. Slowly but surely!

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Post by Mikaela » Fri Oct 14, 2005 4:09 pm

If the light is juuuust right you can see a TINY little bit of pinning sometimes, it is a little lighter black though haha. Actually a very dark grey and it is only the faintess bit ever so often.

Ohhhhh I wish she wouldnt ever pin! That would be great! A good learning experience for all of us too.
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Post by Melika » Fri Oct 14, 2005 8:01 pm

Birds can control their irises, which contracts over the pupil.

This allows them to instantly focus on something specific. Which is why they pin just befor biting.

Birds cannot rotate their eyes, which is why they move their head to look at things, and pin to focus at said object.
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I've been called 'birdbrained' before, but somehow I don't think this is what they meant. say:hah-nay

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Post by Mikaela » Sat Oct 15, 2005 3:26 am

Maybe because she is so brave (thinks she is 20 ft tall) and I hand-raised her, she has never felt the need to pin?

At one point, I actually thought her to be blind but did the Helen Keller thing with her and she isnt. She couldnt give hi-five if she was blind either, unless she can sense where my hand is.
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Post by Neokireina » Sun Oct 16, 2005 5:53 am

Babys have the very cute solid black eyes, when they grow older they lose that and you will see when she pins alot easier. It's funny when I turn the light on in the bird room, Kiva has pinned eyes and looks groggy. It's kinda freaky actually. I couldnt get a photo of the pinned eyes but if i ever do I'll post it.

Wow I never realised how much he changed. I guess this is a good way to tell an adult from a baby. When he gets his ring I'll post another comparison if we are all still here then :p

Kiva at around 1 year old, and kiva as a baby
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Chicken at around the same
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hehehe...chicken???

Post by Dani03 » Sun Oct 16, 2005 7:36 am

Neokireina, I have to ask...how did your lutino get the name Chicken???

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Post by Mikaela » Sun Oct 16, 2005 8:07 am

The beak gives the sex away EVERYTIME. No matter how young or old. I dont see what the big deal is with sexing, the beak makes it almost as obvious as a ring would!

For example, compare her baby boy with my baby girl. Her baby's beak is much lower and less pronounce (flatter), as boys always are. I should get paid for this :lol: Girls beaks are higher and arent as flat. Their beaks start almost right between their eyes... much higher than a boy.
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Post by Neokireina » Sun Oct 16, 2005 10:15 pm

I was on another forum and I think someone referred their Lutino IRN to a yellow chicken and it kinda stuck. I dunno. I tend to nickname things and it just sticks.

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Re: Why do their eyes pin

Post by IrnZazu » Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:54 pm

I have never noticed Zazu pinning her eyes. She was hand raised at the Pet Store, so perhaps she is just used to being handled or something. I've seen videos of IRNs pinning their eyes it looks cool. No matter if she ever does it or not is fine with me. I love her as she is.

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Re: Why do their eyes pin

Post by sanjays mummi » Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:53 pm

It often means "Wow!", and their head feathers raise at the same time, especially if something excites them like favourite food, or a new toy.

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