Are parrots left-handed or right-handed?


You have surely already noticed that your bird uses its right paw or its left paw instead … So what is it really?

Sydney biologists have noticed a complete match between vision and limb use in parrots in Australia! The study involved more than 300 individuals of 16 different species.

Results : there is a correlation between the eye used to observe an object and the paw used to grasp it. The study then reveals that 47% of individuals studied use more their left eye and so their left paw for grasping against 33% individuals who go favor the right eye and right paw ! There is, however, 20% individuals who have marked ambidextrous tendencies.

Parrots are then, unlike Humans, mostly left-handed!


A.Diot, 2017, Mon parroquet est droitier ou gaucher ?, Available online:, consulted 03/07/21

M.Magat, C. Brown, 2009, Laterality enhances cognition in Australien parrots, Available online:, consulted on 03/07/21

M.Magat, C. Brown, 2011, Cerebral lateralization determines hand preferences in Australian parrots, Available online:, accessed 07/03/21


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