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Check out the comprehensive behavior information from the leading experts in the parrot behavior community. What you should teach your parrot, how to interface with them, sexing your parrot and why its important to know, feather destructive behavior, self mutilation, understanding sexual and breeding behaviors, handling biting parrots, handling screaming parrots, phobic behavior, cage territoriality, parrot behavior myths, imprinting, toe tapping in Eclectus, hierarchy, and getting help from a professional.


Companion Parrot Behavior   Companion Parrot Behavior
  1.   Some Important Definitions


  2.   Parrot Behavior Information

    1.  African Greys

    2.  Contact Calls

    3.  Nurturing Guidance

    4.  Overload Behavior

  3.   What To Teach Your Parrot & How To Interface With Them (see also Training)

  4.   Sexing and Why it is Important

  5.   Feather Destructive Behavior

  6.   Self Mutilation

  7.   Sexual/Breeding Behaviors in Parrots (see also Egg Binding / Excessive Egg Laying & The "EGG")

    1.   Both Genders

    2.   Female

    3.   Male

  8.   How to Handle Biting in Parrots

  9.   How to Handle Screaming in Parrots

  10.   Phobic Behavior
            Fear is a normal response for any animal to a fear-inducing situation. It keeps our animals safe by encouraging caution,
             however, if fears become excessive that it disrupts normal functioning then it is classed as phobia.

      Psychological Profile Of A Phobic Cockatoo - Sam Foster
      Cockatoos and African Greys: Are they Really So Different? Part I | Part II: Phobic Behavior - Sam Foster and Jane Hallander
      Case Study: The Non-Phobic "Phobic" - Liz Wilson, CVT
      Fearful and Phobic Parrots - Sally Blanchard
      Phobic Birds - Joanie Doss
      Phobic Birds - Joanie Doss
      “Phobic” Psittacine Birds – An Increasing Phenomenon? - Liz Wilson, CVT

      THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Parrots are prey animals, which means that predators hunt them for food. They have to be wary and vigilant in the wild. Just because they are domestically raised, their predator responses do not go away. If for some reason a parrot-family bird becomes traumatized, he or she may go into "prey mode," which means that the bird has a strong fear response. With some parrots this can result in aggressive behavior. With others it can turn into phobic behavior. It is not always clear as to what caused the fear response but the bird often becomes afraid of almost everything including the person who was his best friend. The best way to get him back is to as "un-predator like " as possible. This means being submissive - little or no direct eye contact, lowered head, quiet conversation, and the opportunity for him to come to you rather than you trying to make him come to you. It works! - Sally Blanchard

  11.   Cage Territoriality

  12.   Parrot Behavioral Myths

  13.   Behavior Questions

  14.   Imprinting

  15.   Toe Tapping In Eclectus
      Toe Tapping In Eclectus - Ben Varner
      Toe Tapping, From the Combined Perspectives Of An Eclectus Owner And An Avian Veterinarian - Laurella Desborough & Brian L. Speer, DVM. Dip, ABVP, ECAMS

  16.   Hierarchy

  17.   Need Help?