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If you want a really wonderful experience, go into a pet store and find the budgerigars.
These friendly little birds, budgies for short, also called parakeets, are one of the most social and sociable of the birds. They're also the easiest to interact with in an appreciable, enjoyable way.
To make contact, get your head on level with the cage, where the birds can see you. Put your arms at your sides, or even place your hands behind your back, mimicking folded wings. (If you've ever wondered why there are always signs in shops telling you not to stick your fingers in the cages, it's because birds carry an instinct to fear and attack snakelike objects, which is why they may peck a finger coming toward them.)
Next, take a deep breath or two, and feel calm. Close your eyes. Move your eyeballs around a bit behind your closed lids, then open them again. Repeat slowly, leaving your eyes closed for longer than they are open.
What you should see, if you haven't already noticed this before you begin among the birds in the cage, is that the budgies will start to do the same thing.
When budgies, and most birds that flock, are comfortable and happy, they will do this eye-closing repetition. You can try it with parrots as well. Most finches and canaries are too energetic to follow along, but you can calm an entire cage or two of budgies with just your eyes.
When they're calm and doing the same, you'll often hear the budgies start to sing as well.
If you can get over your own potential embarrassment, take it from me - it's a lovely thing. So - find yourself some birdies, close your eyes, and chill!