Grey attacking visitors

by tershia

Hi, My congo grey (15 weeks old) attacs my visitors. This happened from the day she was put into a cage. I got her at 4 weeks. She regularly comes out of the cage but when visitors arrive I put her back due to the attacking session. What can i do to stop her from doing this. I am the only person in the house and the only one she regularly sees.

Thank you


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Oct 05, 2012
Grey attacking visitors
by: Linda

I understand your concern about this, and I'm concerned about the age he was when you got him. Did you finish handfeeding him because greys, amazons and other similar sized birds do not even begin the weaning process until they are 3 months old. So, what I'm getting to here is emotional damage occurs when birds are weaned too young and 4-5 weeks old is too young for this kind of bird. As the parrots get larger, the handfeeding time gets longer. For Macaws and Cockatoos, they need to be handfed for a minimum of 6 months while also eating some weaning food.They can be comfortably handfed up to 9 months. The larger the bird, the slower his emotional development. Handfeeding is equated with happiness, warmth and safety. To take this away too soon is going to have some very negative results for the bird's entire life.

With all that said, parrots are very, very particular about everything about humans especially those in their environment. Be an observer next time company arrives: do any of them wear flowing dresses/skirts or loud colors or large prints? Do they wear perfume or have their hair in styles he's not used to seeing? Hats can cause drastic behavior changes. Very important is whether he is more aggressive to females or males. Baby parrots bond very securely with the sex who handfed them. Normally the bonding to opposite sex happens at puberty which will not be until around 5-6 years old.

I'm still of the mind that unless you handfed him after he came home, he has been emotionally damaged by having his babyhood ripped away from him. Unsavory breeders try and wean the parrots way too early so they can go ahead and get the money and be rid of the birds. This is very cruel and can have negative impact on the birds and the unknowing families who have taken them in.These poor birds are the ones moved around all the time because no one can handle them. They eventually lose their minds to mental illness and then become dangerous.

Become a detective of sorts here and see if your bird is afraid of certain clothing, hair styles, colors or shapes of prints and so on. Birds are afraid of new things, and this is especially true of humans other than you and your family.

Let us know what kinds of clues you come up with. Evaluate his behavior in terms of fear or outright aggression(which is usually fear based) and then take a close look at the person this is directed at. It may be he's adverse to more than one person at a time to have to deal with. In his eyes, unknown humans are giant potential monsters.

As Tracie said, training will help, but do not put people at risk in the doing of it. An aggressive parrot can be a very dangerous individual, so proceed with caution whatever it is you do. Keep in touch and know we're always here for you and your bird.


Oct 05, 2012
by: Asif Arain

I got my Congo African grey parrot at the age of 6 weeks
Old. As I bring him home I allow my wife and
My kids to handle him remember first introduction
Is as important as breath. And day by day he go used
To cuddle and being in hands. Allow your bird to go as many
As possible to different people and let your visitors have a
Pleasure to cuddle him remember birds always check using their beak as they don't have hand like humans. If
He holds your finger that doesn't mean he will bite you allow
Him to be out of cage when visitors at home and as I told you
Ask your bird to go to one of your visitor hand. I that way he will be used and you said 15 weeks, he is still a juvenile its his curiosity to check every thing while exploring let him do what ever he want to and remember never back of when he bites you, this way he will learn biting and nothing else

Oct 05, 2012
Bird attacking visitors
by: Tracie

You will need to spend time training your bird while the visitors are there to help the bird not attack.

We have some training articles on this Parrot Training page and there are numerous books and DVD's out there that can help you also.

The main key is relationship and knowing what the bird does and does not like. You use what the bird does like as a reward, it could be a healthy treat or just an excited voice of praise speaking to it.

You will use what the bird doesn't like to encourage the bird to NOT do the behaviors you want to get rid of. For our birds, they hate to go back to their cage and have the door shut. We would say "noooo" and calmly return them to the cage and turn our back on them. We would wait about a minute, and if they were not screaming to get out, get them back out to try again.

We used the person in the house they liked the best to do the training. They most wanted to please him, so he could train them not to bite everyone else. :-)

We also have books and dvd training on our training aids shopping cart page that might help you.

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