amazon parrot behavior

by Anita
(Dorset , UK)

i hae recently been given an amazon parrot all is well and we are getting to know one another but he sometimes tilts his head down and butt up in the air and then just shakes and judders like he is having a this possible? i have researched what he should be eating and have introduced things slowly and he is now enjoying a decent variety of food and not just the parrot mix the previous owner fed that is all she thought she needed to feed him

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Jan 06, 2013
amazon parrot behavior
by: Linda

Anita, anytime people get new birds whether it is from a pet shop, breeder or individual, we recommend having them examined by an Avian Vet ONLY in the first few days. The reason for this is that moving is stressful and a perfectly healthy bird is open to infections because their immune systems are compromised from the stress. The other and worse scenario is birds sometimes come into pet shops, from breeder, and most assuredly from individuals already sick. The behavior you described could also be a female doing her mating dance. The female will bend over with head down and butt up to show a male either bird or human male she is ready for breeding. This behavior is done by mature females who don't necessarily need to breed. You do not have to breed any bird, and it is recommended you not because people do not take care of a lot of them, and they end up ravaged by disease, neglect or abuse.

As for diet, your bird needs to be eating a high quality pelleted diet like Harrisons found here. It is organic food, cold extruded pellets with 100% of vitamins, minerals and high quality proteins to keep your bird healthy for life. It has no preservatives, dyes, sugars or other dangerous chemicals. All seed diets are slow starvation with or without fruit and veggies. Below is link on how to go about the change, and make no changes in diet other than what you have done until your bird has been cleared for infections or other physical issues by an Avian Vet in your area. Do not take to dog and cat vet because they are not licensed or trained in the care of birds and make wrong diagnosis' and incorrect dosages of meds making bird sicker.

It takes time to change to the pellets and the article written by Avian Vet will tell you how to go about it where bird is safe.

Let us know what avian vet says about your bird, and if you can get the Harrisons into the UK. You will need the Course Grind which is the size for your Amazon.


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