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?
> 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
>> 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
> 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