Alexandrine Parrot

by Karen
(Queanbeyan Australia)

We found an Alexandrine about a week ago in the bush. He was being attacked by dogs. His wings are clipped and we are trying to find his owner. Anyhow, he came out for the 1st time today and fluttered around, sat on my shoulder and got on my finger when he was disorientated. However, he just suddenly decided to attack my finger when I tried to get him from the cage we have him in. Is he skitzo or is he still traumatized and confused or is this normal?

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Nov 29, 2012
Alexandrine Parrot
by: Linda

First of all, though it's a wonderful thing you did by saving him, you need to follow through on this. He needs to be examined immediately by an Avian Vet because birds who have been lost out there in the world are usually sick and depending on how many times he's been attacked by dogs or other animals, he could have severe infections of various kinds. He needs to be examined by an Avian Vet ONLY in your driving area and checked for infections both bacterial and viral plus checked for possible broken bones or other physical issues. This is part of taking in rescues of any kind.

As for how he is behaving, it is a moot point. Until you know how he's doing physically, there is no way to do any training of any sort because this bird has been traumatized, is most likely sick, and could have broken bones since birds have hollow bones. They cannot take much in the form of physical attack without having broken bodies. And then there is the matter of broken hearts and souls to deal with. He's afraid of you and the world at large, so please have compassion on him and make no hasty judgements as to why he's doing what he's doing.

So, until you have him thoroughly examined, use a perch to get him in and out of cage. Only when he is 100% physically well can you begin any kind of training, so I won't even go into that right now.His diet is extremely important too, and we can get further into that later as well.

Again, thanks for taking him in, and you are not likely to find who once owned him. Birds usually leave a home where there is neglect and/or abuse, so maybe that is part of his story. You will find out a great deal about his story by taking him for a comprehensive medical exam with an avian vet.

Thanks for writing and let us know how he's doing after his avian vet visit, and we'll go from there.


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