Anyone with Poicephalus Red Bellied?
Posted 04 April 2011 - 07:59 AM
Posted 07 April 2011 - 12:26 PM
The most common comparison behaviors I hear shared about Red-Bellieds compared to the other Pois is that they tend to be more outgoing and talkative around strangers and in new situations.
I think much more of an impact on the behaviors a parrot chooses to use come from how they are socialized and taught by us to behave. We can't control everything they choose to do, but if we earn their trust and bond, show them respect and allow them some free choice in what they choose to do it will go a long way to having a life-long positive relationship with a companion parrot.
Good luck in making your decision on bringing a Red-Bellied Parrot into your life.
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 09:31 PM
I brought Peanut home when he was about 4-5 months old, his hatch month being in July. I worked at an exotics birds store where I handfed baby birds that came into the store from breeders and he and his brother came in. To show how different each birds can be (while being brothers), Peanut was the grumpiest baby bird I have ever seen in my life, while his brother was the friendliest.
Peanut and I became attached and I brought him home. Living with him, I've learned that his personality is so much like a human's. He has his happy days, he has his bad days. He can be temperamental, he can be extremely affectionate. With me, Peanut is more affectionate than he is stubborn, but I know he likes it HIS way. When he's had enough of play time, he lets me know. When he doesn't want to be bothered, he lets me know. He's a little baby with a bit of a edge. I can hold him upside down, nuzzle my face into his belly, he's very cuddly, but noooo way would I let him near my shoulder because he'll see my ear as a toy. Peanut truly is an independent bird and he sees me as a best friend than he does as his mother. He's a great talker with over 30+ words in his vocabulary, he loves to always be involved in everything I do (and everything I eat...) and greets me hello and always says, "Good bye Peanut" when I leave the room, almost as a reminder to me that I should be saying goodbye to him.
Red Bellieds are unpredictable sometimes, but so predictable at the same time, which makes them creative little thinkers and also keeps you in line. They're playful, curious at most, and likes to be involved in the lives of their owners. Training is definitely something to endure, and the rewards of a red bellied parrot will be tremendous. They're silly, quiet (compared to other species), independent, playful, curious little stocky birds.
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