senegal parrot behavior

by Michelle

I have just purchased a 1 year old senegal parrot. Since arriving yesterday he just sits with his back to the room, if you go near the cage he moves away from you, he started ok with taking food from my hand through the bars but now he takes food and throws it down, when my husband put his hand in the cage to adjust his perch which was unstable from the move the bird went silly, flying around the cage.

He takes food from my husband but throws it down and this started the same reaction to taking food from us. When we all leave the room he starts whistling (not screeching) loudly, any ideas?

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Aug 10, 2011
senegal parrot behavior
by: Linda

All new birds have to be examined by an Avian Vet in the first few days because most all of them have a bacterial or viral infection from being moved around, crowded with lots of other birds. The stress level is very high as birds do not like to be moved and prefer a constant routine. Once stress gets high, the immune system gets low and infections can happen.

Please have him examined by avian vet soon as possible. It is also normal for new birds to take time to get used to new homes and people. They are very little and you are very large, so put yourself in your bird's place and understand you would be scared to death of all the new things and people. Your little Senegal is very frightened and possibly also sick, so take it easy with him, get him to avian vet soon and give him time to adjust.

Vet exam will either rule in an infection or rule it out. It takes a long time to earn a bird's trust, and make no mistake, trust is earned over a period of time and never freely given. At the end of this journey, you will be fully owned by a parrot as we all are!

Hope this helps you and let us know what avian vet has to say and be sure and write if you have any more questions,

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