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Re: where to start with a Red Bellied Parrot

Posted by Jane on 10/23/04
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    On 10/20/04, Michael L wrote:
    > On 10/20/04, Jane C wrote:
    >
    Thanks very much for your reply, one last piece of advice,
    since posting the previous note he has become constantly
    screaming all day until bed. neadless to say I have a very bad
    headache. Any advice, why, and what we should do?

    Thanks again
    Jane
    >
    > Jane,
    > I raise Red Bellies along with some other African species. I
    > will attempt to offer you some information that may or may
    > not help you?
    >>
    >> Our Parrot- Jack, is about 18 weeks old (pet store
    >> estimate, and we have introduced him to his new
    >> surroundings by placing him in a area that he can feel
    >> safe, we change food and water daily and provide frequent
    >> attention in the form of lots of speaking and hand feeding
    >> with bits of fruit etc. However he is displaying some odd
    >> behaviour that we don't understand:
    >>
    >> 1. He stoops low over his perch (almost lying down on his
    >> belly) and flutters his wings very quickly for 5-6 seconds
    >
    > This behavior can often times indicate nervousness or
    > distrust. It's somewhat of a submissive posture and
    > indicates that the bird is unsure or feels threatened.
    > Patience and soft talking can aleviate fear.
    >
    >>
    >> 2. He has started to screech REAL loud - the pet store say
    >> he was quiet when they had him. We read not to respond but
    >> he does it morning and evening (normal?) and during the day
    >> for extended period whether we are there or not - mostly
    >> while hanging upside down!.
    >
    > Most Africans are quiet for the most part. However, ALL
    > birds have some vocalizations that are very normal. The fact
    > that you notice this both morning and evening indicates that
    > these are the calls that he would use to communicate with
    > other flock members, should he have them. You are the
    > new 'flock' so to speak, so these calls are intended for you.
    > Also, since he does this while hanging from his cage roof,
    > tells me that he is very happy and has a zest for life!
    >>
    >> 3. He appears to have no interest in the toys we have
    >> placed in the cage ( all designed for parrots)
    >
    > Toys are something that a bird learns to accept and play
    > with. It may take time. Right now, his new family, new home
    > and environment are taking priority and playing will come
    > later.
    >
    >> 4.We really want him to be allowed out of his cage but he's
    >> not responding to our efforts to tame him - he doesn't
    >> panic if you slowly replace his food and water and will
    >> take grapes from your fingers (he throws them straight on
    >> the floor) but he looks terrified the whole time and for
    >> the most part shy's away and climbs to the top of his
    >> cage. On one occassion I placed my finger close and
    >> repeated UP UP but he bit me - presumably out of fear, and
    >> although it hurt a bit it didn't draw blood.
    >
    > Again, another fear response. Going to the highest point that
    > he can find is his version of locating a safe place. Your
    > hand represents something that is foreign to him. Is there a
    > history with this bird? Did the pet store buy him from a
    > private breeder and was he hand fed? Keep in mind too, that
    > hand feeding doesn't always indicate a calm, tame bird. You
    > can hand feed, but if the hand feeder doesn't interact with
    > the baby, hand feeding is only slightly better than parent
    > raised. But don't despair, I have wild-caught birds that are
    > almost as tame as hand fed after being with me and being
    > treated with respect and kindness. Your bird is young and
    > has great potential for being tame.
    >>
    >> Can anyone advise us on what his odd behaviour means AND
    >> how should we go about training him. He's a lovely bird
    >> and we want him to be happy
    >
    > Give him time, time, and then some more time. Let him get
    > used to his environment and routine. Always speak softly and
    > with positive tones to your voice. Read and learn how to do
    > this. One book I like is "Parrot Training," by Bonnie Munro
    > Doane. There are others and most have something to offer.
    >
    > The Red Bellied is probably the most animated of the Africans
    > and will learn to talk and mimic. They, like most Africans,
    > can have their 'special' person, so exposure to many people
    > is advised. But this has to happen after you start to make
    > progress with your bird becoming used to you and family
    > members.
    > Sorry for the length, but this is only a few suggestions that
    > I can offer. Others will have more information for you, too!
    > Be Patient and in time, you will see what a wonderful
    > companion your new bird can be.
    >
    > Michael L
    >>
    >> Thanks