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Parrots on shoulders - OK or not?

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by Sally Blanchard

The shoulder is a favourite perch for many parrots.  Parrots like to be as high as possible and when they are with a person, the shoulder is a good place for eye to eye companionship.  Eventual aggression is a possibility when a parrot is routinely allowed to climb up on its caregiver’s shoulder anytime it wants to do so.

Many parrots instinctively defend their territory and their perceived mate against intruders.  Parrots that have been raised with rules and guidance, present far fewer problems for their owners when they reach sexual maturity.  However, a parrot that has been consistently allowed on its owner’s shoulder may create serious problems as it becomes more territorial.

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