Common Parrot and Other Pet Bird Behavior Issues

Lorakeet Biting His Feathers

Parrots and other pet birds, like children and cats and dogs, can have behavioral issues that are difficult to handle for their owners. While birds can misbehave and anger their human companions in a variety of ways, many behavioral concerns are more commonly reported. Fortunately, most of these issues have straightforward remedies if owners are willing to invest some time and effort. Read on to discover about the five most frequent pet bird behavior issues, what your bird means when it exhibits these behaviors, and what you can do to help your bird.

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    Biting

    Yellow-red parrot biting man's finger while sitting on it.

    Biting is one of the most prevalent pet bird behavior issues, and it's no wonder since bites hurt! If you can determine the source of biting behavior in birds, you can easily correct it. Ask yourself a few questions about your bird if it has been gnawing at you. Is it possible that your bird is afraid of something? Is it possible that the biting is hormonal in nature? Is the bird just trying to amuse you? Once you've figured out what's causing the behavior, you may take actions to prevent it from happening again in the future. Birds that bite out of fear, for example, may be progressively desensitized to humans.

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    Screaming is another annoying trait that many bird owners complain about. While all healthy birds scream and vocalize at some time during the day, issue screaming might be caused by boredom, despair, or other forms of stress in your bird. If the screaming doesn't stop on its own after you've explored all variables and checked with an avian veterinarian to rule out any medical issues, you might choose to see a parrot behavior consultant for assistance in changing your bird's behavior.

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    Destructive conduct in parrots is frequently indicative of a problem with the bird's habitat or a lack of to keep the bird's head engaged. Birds are highly clever creatures who require constant attention to avoid growing bored. If your bird exhibits overtly damaging behavior, consider how you spend your time with your pet and how you may incorporate your bird into your regular routines. Most pet parrots' destructive tendencies can be considerably reduced by doing so.

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    Birds who become territorial abruptly are frequently suffering hormonal issues as the mating season approaches. Territoriality, on the other hand, might be an indication that your bird isn't as happy and comfortable with you as you'd like him to be. Try using these bonding tactics with your feathery buddy to help reduce territoriality and associated behaviors. Improving your relationship on a fundamental level can go a long way toward fixing your pet's behavioral issues. Consider hiring a parrot behavior expert if your aren't helping things better after a decent period of time.

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    When birds are very unhappy and restless in their habitats, feather plucking can occur. If you find your pet bird plucking its feathers, visit an avian veterinarian right away to rule out conditions like psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD). If medical factors for your bird's plucking have been ruled out, you must reconsider your bird's habitat, food, and interaction. Keeping your pet in an inadequate or filthy cage, offering nutrient-deficient food, and not paying enough care to your bird can all lead your bird to pluck his or her feathers. Do everything you can to keep your bird healthy and happy by providing the greatest possible care.

If you suspect your pet is sick, call your vet immediately. For health-related questions, always consult your veterinarian, as they have examined your pet, know the pet's health history, and can make the best recommendations for your pet.

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