Nippingnipping african grey
Posted 25 April 2012 - 03:02 AM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 06:31 PM
Parrots are nervous animals. We don’t think of them that way because their beaks and/or size can intimidate us. They are highly tuned to changes (or threats) in their environment. Timneh’s are also notoriously skittish. Ask yourself, when your Timneh is on you, whether you’re doing things around the house, touching or moving things that make her uneasy, in which case she may clamp down or nip you. An animal might always fear a certain object no matter how many times they see it. Are you trying to touch her in places that she doesn’t want to be touched? Making quick gestures? Or, try to think of any number of things you might do, or that might be happening around your bird causing her to bite. If my Timneh’s on my shoulder and I pick up a tissue she clamps down on my neck. It doesn’t seem as if she can control the anger or excitement that this introduced object elicits.
One thing about biting is that we don’t fully understand it. But we do know that it’s communication. Nipping, lunging, biting are natural social behaviors of parrots (just see them in the wild if you don't think so). We can’t get into their heads but I think we can look at the circumstances of a bite and work to minimize those instead. Without the studies (science) needed to shed light on certain behaviors and what they mean, we shouldn’t proceed on an assumption (for instance, that we should be able to "fix" them). Or judge these actions based on our own annoyance with them. A bird that constantly bites might be as frustrated as it's owner.
Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:22 PM
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