Posted 11 August 2011 - 10:04 PM
I have a white bellied caique that I believe to be a male right at a year old, so obviously we haven't gotten in the middle of the hormonal behavior yet. But I wouldn't trade him for anything. He is by far the most affectionate, cuddly, people loving bird I've ever met. I would be reluctant to give credit to anything that makes broad sweeping generalities about how all female or male birds of a species have particular behavior problems. I have personally never owned a bird that was a perfect match for its species description. They are very intelligent and individualized animals and a lot of their behavior and preferences are determined by their parentage, how they are raised, how you interact with them, their cage and environment, diet, etc.
I would also be reluctant to believe anyone who says such and such bird will attack with absolutely no reason or warning. I just have never found that to be the case. If you read studies of parrot behavior in the wild, there are no species that are known to frequently bite or attack other members of their flock. What does that mean? Aggressive behavior in companion parrots is almost always caused by something environmental. Are there other pets or people in the home that the bird finds threatening, a problem with diet, a cage that's too small, a nesting area that is increasing hormonal and territorial behavior etc? I really think most people who say their parrot bites for no reason or with no warning haven't learned to read the reason or warning yet.
And of course all birds get worse during puberty. But don't get frightened off by that. My white capped pionus is in the throws of puberty at the moment, and she is more agitated and moody than before. But everything I read about wcp's said the same stuff, they are just awful during puberty, you get a whole new bird at 2 to 3 years of age, etc. Well she's certainly not a whole new bird, and puberty certainly hasn't made her so bad I would rather not have her. You just have to remember how intellectually and emotionally complex these creatures are. Compare them more to small children than to cats or dogs. I mean if you were considering having a baby you wouldn't change you mind because you found out that teenagers going through puberty are hellish would you?