Petting my parrot

Hello, We ( my husband) just received double headed yellow amazon as a gift. She is 8 years. She is clearly favor me over the rest of the family members, she will not step on my hand yet or my shoulder but will get exited when i approach her and love to talk to me, yesterday she came to me, crouch, bend her head and let me pet her she made funny quiet sound. What does it mean?

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Dec 07, 2011
Petting my parrot
by: Linda

It means she likes you very much. New birds do not normally act this friendly, so you have a very special bird. Do not allow her to get on anyone's shoulder as this is a dangerous place for a parrot to be. Parrots are exotic wild animals, and the shoulder position gives them too much opportunity to severely injure people, so keep her off shoulders at all times. Keep her at your eye level in or out of her cage as this will work much better.

The other thing is she needs to be examined by an Avian Vet to make sure she is not harboring any infections. You need to learn much about your bird by buying a book or two and using the internet's vast resources to learn more about parrots in general and yours specifically.

She will need to be changed from eating all seeds to a high quality organic pelleted diet like Harrison's found here. You'll get the Course Grind, and it comes in regular and pepper flavor. We use both for our Amazons and mix therm up. There are also a couple of other organic pellets found here to provide some variety in shape and texture. Below is article written by Avian Vet on how to go about changing bird from all seeds diets to organic pellets. Your bird has to be examined by an Avian Vet before starting any changes in diet or training because sick birds do not need the extra stress of either one. So, take her to Avian Vet to clear her for physical issues before you do anything.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Below is an article titled "Beginner's Guide to Having a Parrot", and you will be able to be pointed in the right directions for more information about your bird. Their trust is earned not freely given, so the fact that this one lets you pet her already is a very good sign of good things to come. Love her, protect her, feed her a high quality diet, and take her to an Avian Vet at least once a year for an exam to make sure all is good in the physical area. She is worth every moment of your time and every dime of your money. She'll make a wonderful companion for you all once she settles down, and you'll wonder how you ever got along without her sweet presence in your lives.

Linda

Dec 07, 2011
she likes you!
by: Anonymous

This means she is learning to trust you and is becoming quite fond of you! Amazons in my opinion are one of the hardest birds to have because of their tendency to STRONGLY bond to one person and can be incredibly aggressive to others in the house or any stranger for that matter. Birds mate for life, and if you are that chosen human, anyone else who approaches you or the bird, the bird will naturally "protect" and can inflict series injury to you or someone else. For instance, this is why we shouldn't let our feathered friends perch on our shoulder. In birdie language this very well means they have "claimed" you, as they would have territory in the wild. (this is why sometimes parrots are aggressive in their cages too) As a result, they may become aggressive to others who approach you defending what they think as theirs, and could accidently attack your face if they are spooked or don't like someone who is coming near. I have heard of Amazons that will jump or run or fly to other people attacking them! So be careful if you have children in the house, I would say that a rule must be for them to NEVER try to touch the bird. If all parties in the house can cope with knowing that she may not be hand-able but only to you, then you will have a happy bird and happy household. Sometimes others take it very personally that they are not the "chosen" person, and get all bent out of shape and start believing that it is the birds fault, then end up homeless and unwanted. So make sure your family is aware of all the tendencies of Amazons, do a lot more research and just take it slow, day by day. Goodluck!!

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