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Re: Angry at My Amazon

Posted by Stacy W. on 2/07/07
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    The behavior you describe is typical of Amazons but usually
    much later -- typically around the time they discover
    sexuality. The first time this biting stuff happened to me --
    I instinctively grabbed the bird around the neck (with my
    thumb and index fingers, very loosely without any pressure).
    The wings were not clipped and my bird flew for a few seconds
    with my "finger ring" around the neck. We made eye to eye
    contact and we were both in shock (me thinks) -- Anyways -- I
    pulled my hand away after about a second or two -- It has
    never happened again.

    On 2/07/07, Barb wrote:
    > I had 3 parrots, now 4, a 9 month old Blue Front that I've
    > had for 5 months. This 4th parrot is MY FIRST Amazon. I
    > have treated her very nicely but I really hate some of her
    > nasty behavior. I am looking for advice on what to do. She
    > is outside a lot on her big perch. For whatever reason, she
    > seems to get in bad (very nasty) moods. I will simply give
    > the step up command, and she goes hard for my finger or
    > hand. Other times she is perfectly fine. I am not sure
    > what to do when she attacks my hand. I don't want to act
    > scared as it will only make her more aggressive. I talk to
    > her trying to be close and gently yet firm and she goes for
    > my face. I believe she would bloody my face if allowed. I
    > hate this behavior and I get angry. I don't understand the
    > behavior and I don't like a bird who tries to bite
    > especially while still less than a year old. In
    > desperation, I have resorted to bumping her large perch in a
    > way that knocks her off. Then she is very willing to let me
    > put her on my finger from the ground. It works but it's no
    > way to live. Can anyone offer suggestions on how to have a
    > loving relationship with this type of bird?