A rapid contraction of the iris
, so named because of the pupil
's reduction to an opening only allowing in a pin's tip's quantity of light. This only generally occurs in humans when subjected to a sudden burst of overwhelmingly bright light, but in parrot
s etc) it indicates interest
ment or sinister plot
ting going on in the little birdbrain
When pinpointing is going on, it may be the best time to get their attention with play, a new task, speech therapy or step-up practice - otherwise the wheels turning in its head may lead it instead to contemplation of how tasty your left earlobe looks. The eye-adjustment may also be a sign of "sexual overload," however, and in a bird known to be dangerously aggressive pin-pointing should be interpreted as an opportunity to take five.
This behavior is also sometimes known as "flashing," but this term leaves less room for confusion 8)