feather picking, gagging and agression
I recently adopted a beautiful 13 year old male quaker parrot from a family who needed to give him up. I have had him 5 months and he is finally coming out of his shell and talking and cuddling with us which is wonderful. When we fist got him I noticed that he had two small patches of feathers missing on the tips of his wings on either side of his head, the previous owners told us the vet had done an exam and found the cause of his feather picking was not medical and there was no need to worry. His wings are not clipped and he can fly but I worry he will continue to pull out his feathers and harm himself. He also makes gagging motions which look like he is choking but then abruptly stops and sticks out his tongue.
Kiwi also has a lovely disposition but when he decides to speak he gets very agressive. He will only speak when in his cage and if I repeat any of what he says he will chase and bite me until he draws blood.
He has many toys and spend the majority of the time out of his cage playing, tearing paper and cuddling. I have fallen in love with this bird in the past few months and would appreciate any advice you can give me on helping me and my parrot get along more and form a relationship to last many years. Thank you.