Seems to be genuine affection between the two, with the family concern energy active in the man to the bird, where the bird found the man to be a repository for its need for a parent-friend.
inSelf Yoga has affection as part of the study of the psyche. Affection is complex and multi-angled. Sorting it is not easy because deep insight is not natural for human beings. Dismissing it is also problematic because it is ever-recurring like a stubborn tendency which just won't go away.