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Posted by Cheryl on 4/26/05

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    I have a female Red Belly, named Darby, who just turned 13
    months old. I brought her home when she had just turned 3
    months old. I am very "large bird" experienced, but never
    had any from the Poicephalus family until Darby.

    She and I have, from the day I met her and brought her
    home, always had a very bonded, close and loving
    relationship. In fact, she chose me as her "mate" quite
    early on. I give very consistant and loving training from
    early on, and Darby has never even so much as attempted an
    actual bite, didn't even go through the nippy adolesent
    stage, except for maybe 2 or 3 times when she tried to
    assert soem independence, to which I had her do some step
    ups, and she calmed right down. She has been doing
    the "bat dance" forever now, where she drops her wings,
    makes her "I am in love" noises, usually when she is on my
    lap. I don't encourage it, I just don't pay attention and
    she snaps out of it after a couple minutes. She never even
    tried to become a shoulder bird, and is only on my shoulder
    very rarely, when I am the one to put here up there, and
    she steps up when I want her down right away.

    She let's me do anything to her, is very playful and
    interactive, and is a total joy to be around. Honestly, a
    perfect bird!

    Anyway, she has a new "habit" and I want to know if it is
    dominance related, or hormone related, but I tend to think
    neither, since she always steps right up for me without any
    fuss and never gets into a bad mood at all. Here is what
    she has been doign as of late, when she I have put her onto
    my shoudler first: She now likes to get on the top of my
    head and hang out there, chewing my barrettes and just
    riding up there. I know that in the bird world, the higher
    the perch, the more dominance the bird has, but her
    personality is always just as loving and affectionate as
    always even when she is up there. This is a new behavior,
    she has never even attemted climbing on top of my head
    before the last couple weeks.

    Can someone shed any light on my bird's new behavior?

    Thank you!
    Cheryl



Posts on this thread, including this one
  • Red belly question, 4/26/05, by Cheryl.
  • Re: Red belly question, 4/26/05, by Debby.
  • Re: Red belly question, 4/27/05, by Cheryl.
  • Re: Red belly question, 4/29/05, by Cheryl.
  • Re: Red belly question/ Cheryl, 4/29/05, by Michael L.
  • Re: Red belly question/ Cheryl, 4/29/05, by Cheryl.
  • Re: Red belly question/ Cheryl, 4/30/05, by Penny.
  • Re: Red belly question/ Cheryl, 4/30/05, by Michael L.
  • Re: Red belly question/ Cheryl, 4/30/05, by Cheryl.
  • Re: Red belly question/ Cheryl, 4/30/05, by Cheryl.
  • Re: Red belly question/ Cheryl, 4/30/05, by Michae L.
  • Re: Red belly question/ Cheryl, 5/01/05, by Debby.
  • Re: Red belly question, 5/01/05, by MKay on gurus.
  • Re: Red belly question, 5/01/05, by Penny.
  • Re: Red belly question/Penny, 5/01/05, by Debby.
  • Re: Red belly question/Penny, 5/01/05, by MKay.
  • Re: Red belly question/MKay, 5/01/05, by Debby.
  • Re: Red belly question/Penny, 5/01/05, by Penny.
  • Re: Red belly question/Penny, 5/01/05, by MKay.
  • Re: Red belly question/Debby MKay, 5/01/05, by Michael L.
  • Re: Red belly question/Penny, 5/01/05, by Cheryl.
  • Re: Red belly question/Cheryl, 5/01/05, by Debby.
  • Re: Red belly question/Cheryl, 5/01/05, by Michael L.
  • Re: Red belly question/Cheryl, 5/01/05, by Michael L.
  • Re: Red belly question/Cheryl sorry for the double post, 5/01/05, by Michael L.
  • Re: Red belly question/Michael, 5/01/05, by Penny.
  • Re: Red belly question/Penny, 5/01/05, by Debby.
  • Re: Red belly question/ Cheryl, 5/02/05, by KarenH.
  • Re: Red belly question/ Cheryl, 5/02/05, by Cheryl.
  • Re: Red belly question/ Cheryl, 5/02/05, by KarenH.
  • Re: Red belly question/ Cheryl, 5/02/05, by Cheryl.
  • Re: Red belly question/ Cheryl, 5/03/05, by Cheryl.