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In issue 309 -
When an Older Parrot Has Never Learned Skilful Flight – Complete Psittacine by Eb Cravens
In issue 309 -
Scarlet Macaws – were they really bred by indigenous people in the 12th century? Rosemary Low asks the question
In issue 309 -
Understanding the link between nutrition, hormonal behaviours and the avian endocrine system, Part 1 – The Holistic Parrot by Leslie Moran
In issue 309 -
The Yellow-eared Parrot – continues to expand its range in Colombia. By David Waugh, Correspondent, Loro Parque Fundación
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Aggression – learned, inherited and redirected

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By Rosemary Low

There is a lot of anecdotal information on aggression in parrots, usually in the context of companion birds. The usual story is the problem regarding a parrot attacking the partner of the person to whom the bird is bonded. Managing this is really a question of common sense and avoiding the opportunity for the parrot to behave in this way, because it will not change this instinctive behaviour.

Aggression towards humans may also be seasonal, often described as ‘hormonal’, due to the bird (more likely a male) being in breeding condition. It also occurs in a cage that is too small. The parrot cannot retreat from the owner’s possibly unwelcome attentions, and therefore lunges and/or bites.

In another scenario, which is more cage possessiveness than aggression, a parrot will try to bite you if you touch its cage. Even the most loving companion might do this habitually, so just be aware and inform family members.

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