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    Thinking of buying a pet bird?

    ArticleBird AdviceSaturday 08 January 2011
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    Every day hundreds of people make the step of buying birds, such as a parrot. However what many of the people attracted by parrots for sale don’t realise is that such birds can come with behavioural issues that can be hard to deal with. Squawking, feather plucking, and biting owners can all be problems. So how can some of these issues be resolved?

     

    • Birds get aggressive about four main things – food, water, nesting and mating. It is important to understand this if you’re thinking of buying birds.
    • Birds are social creatures and “the flock” is important to them. If you are caring for birds correctly then they may adopt you as a member of this “flock”.
    • When a bird bites it is important to withdraw your hand slowly and turn your back to it. This way it learns that it will be ostracised by “the flock” if it bites.
    • Parrots often need to have a parrot partner – preferably an opposite-sex member of the same species. They are very social birds and need to be entertained socially.
    • Many birds will choose partners of the other species, however – for example a budgie will sometimes choose a lovebird for its mate!
    • If your pet birds are kept socially entertained then they will be less prone to behavioural issues.
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