How do I correct my parrot's mean and agressive behavior towards me?

by Al I.
(Janesville, WI)

My Double Yellow-headed Amazon has progressively become meaner and more aggressive towards me over the past year. Nothing I have tried has helped. On this past Sunday, I had him on a play stand and I was talking to him from several feet away when he lept off of his perch and attacked me biting my ear numerous time.

How can I turn him back into the parrot that once would love to rub his beak on my nose and the side of my face?

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Oct 06, 2011
How do I correct my parrot's mean and agressive behavior towards me?
by: Linda

I'm sorry this is happening, and will caution you that when birds have major changes in behavior, it usually indicates some kind of physical problem be it an infection or other physical issue.

Before doing anything, please have him examined by an Avian Vet for infections. Have basic bloodwork done to see how organs are functioning and to see if white blood cell count is elevated or if any enzymes are elevated in liver, kidneys, etc. Make sure they do a throat swab to check for bacterial infections because the anal swab is not nearly as accurate.

Do not allow them to give random meds to your bird without a diagnosis. Many Avian Vets just give antibiotics without a diagnosis, and this is very harmful to the bird plus it may not take care of problem if problem is a viral infection instead of bacterial.

There are some training materials on this site, and first, your bird has to be cleared for pysical issues.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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