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Gabby - 2008-10-03
Alas, fellow Senegal lovers it seems we are destined to try to please what can be a very moody bird species. I have two Sengal parrots. Scooter, the male, is 20 (yes, that's twenty!)years old. I got him at 4 weeks of age and he has only just become more predictable in his behavior. I am hoping his hormone levels have peaked and are now on the decline that will hopefully lead to more dependable, good behavior. For many years, he would give me severe bites on the hands, arms, and face. These bites were always unexpected and I could never really pin down what might have sent him over the edge. I have read everything out there on Sengal behavior and what has worked best for Scooter and I are boundaries and setting limits. I do not let him have the run of the house and return him to his cage periodically and latch the door to reinforce his dependency on me. If he goes through a spell where he acts as if doesn't respect me, I will take him out of his environment and upset his comfort level with a trip to the post office, etc. so that he again views me as his safety net. Keeping their nails groomed and wings trimmed is especially important- an independent Senegal can get pretty full of himself. Track on a calandar what months you seem to be having the most behavioral problems. It could be cyclic with hormones and the seasons. Don't give up! Maintain the commitment you made to your Senegal when you first got it. Be aware of your Senegals body language and know the signals- flashing eyes, low aggressive stance, etc. Sengals should not be placed on your head (Scooter leaned over and bit my eyelid) and shoulder time is stongly discouraged. There is a reason the pirates with parrots wear eye patches! There is no reason that you can't enjoy your Sengal for as many years as I have plus 20 to 30 more.

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  • Anonymous - 2013-08-13
    Just about to get a rescue bird, thanks for positive flow. I know this love is love. You step in, never give in. Animals rock, god bless.
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michael campbell - 2013-07-22
I built a new cage for my Zebra Finches and when I transfered the nest I saw that there are 4 eggs in it. Now the Zebras are building a new nest, what can I do to get them in the old nest?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-25
    Hmmm, well you could try to transfer the eggs into the new nest if they truly do not seem to be going to their old nest. It would have been best to wait to move them to a new cage until they were done breeding and the eggs were hatched, but I know that's not the solution now. I hope it works out, good luck!
  • michael - 2013-08-10
    Thank you.
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Sam Chapman - 2006-01-05
My orange wing amazon called Billy is 24 years old! However I'm only 11! He squauks very loudly when he sees my family eating! He flew away 18 years ago; but we got him back - thanks to next doors dog! He eats everything we eat as well as cat food, if you give him something like a chocolate digestive biscuit he will scrape off all the chocolate then throw away the biscuit!

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  • Daniela Korpela - 2013-08-08
    Chocolate and avocado are not suitable for parrots. (kidneys do not last) I have personally seen how the yellow neck Amazon died in one year. The owner did not believe me. I tried to get him to understand, but he did not believe. Sadly, the bird would have been able to live for 50 years.
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ruth - 2012-04-18
Can anybody tell me why my mums parrots eyes keep changing colour?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-18
    The eyes aren't really changing color - the pupils are dilating (getting bigger and smaller)
    and it is frequently called pinning. The pupils expand so the eyes look darker or the pupils contract and the eyes take on a brighter color often times looking like there are actual rings of a different color (usually an orange) on the outside. It is a language - a body language. By watching the eyes and trying to determine the mood you can frequently tell when your parrot is haopy, sad, relaxed and or mad. If you see those pupils get real small and a fixed stare often in conjunction with a growl - leave him alone. If you see regular sized pupils and that relaxed furry look - it is gee I sure would like some attention. Any body language is different based on personality of the bird but it is another way a parrot does express himself. It is quite obvious in amazons.
  • Daniela Korpela - 2013-08-08
    OW eyes turn bright red when it is angry or fighting back. You might notice if you try to touch his tail.
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Bobbi-Sue - 2013-08-06
Hi! I have a green-winged macaw named Izabella Perlmutter. Most comments on the website praise their sweetness and pleasant personalities........NOT my Izabella Perlmutter. She bites, recently chewed my favorite bracelet. No one can touch her except me and that being at night when she is put to bed. She won't eat from her food bowl, so I have to feed her manually. She will not drink from her water bowel, only from a cup I have to hold for her. She only takes a bath in her water bowl..........but I adore her and would NEVER GIVE HER AWAY!

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emerson - 2013-08-05
Who builds the nest, the male or the female fisher?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-23
    I am really not sure. But they usually use 'pre-built' nests (trees, boxes, etc.) and so they may not put much effort into making their own nests. The mothers are usually the ones who sit on the nest and raise the young, so I would think they would probably do a lot of the nest building if there is any.
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michael campbell - 2013-08-05
How do you avoid the constant fighting between the zebra finches?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-23
    How many finches do you have? What size of cage? If you have too many finches in a small area they can get feisty and pluck and pick at each other. Make sure they are in a large enough cage with plenty of room to fly and individual space.



    Oftentimes they aren't truly fighting either. They might just be playing and preening each other.
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Pam - 2013-08-05
Would you keep a very tame 8 month old Moustache Parrot in a large aviary with a tame 3 month old female Blue Masked Love Bird as companions to one another? Plenty of interaction with their owner and loads of rotational toys available?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-23
    In general you wouldn't want to mix different types of birds. That being said, it is quite possible they could get along and be good friends. I would start by keeping their cages next to each other so they can get to know each other and see how they react over time. Eventually you could try putting them together and see how it goes.
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Tommyr - 2013-06-27
A male has taken up residence in our back yard over the last several days. We have never seen one of these before so it was very exciting to see him. He fits right in with the other finches at the bird feeder and seems quite content. (Lake Forest, CA)

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  • Wendy - 2013-07-22
    I had a male pin-tailed whydah in my backyard in northwest Fullerton this morning. This was the first time I've ever seen one, and I've lived here for 23 years. He was eating birdseed on the ground along with the finches and mourning doves. I was thrilled to see it this morning.
  • birdwatcher - 2013-08-04
    I saw him this evening in the sunny hills area of Fullerton.
  • Tommyr - 2013-08-09
    The male continues to guard his domain and has now assembled a 'harem' of at least two female whydahs. He performs his energetic display often and each female seems very impressed as they flutter and hop as he dances mid-air before them. I am still amazed at his enormous energy level. He swoops and chases off all intruders except other finches, and impresses his lady friends endlessly. His territory has now grown to include the front yard and neighbors' yards.
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Anonymous - 2013-08-02
My husband suprised me one morning and brought home Rocco, a military macaw. He had thirty years of experience with large birds. His brother has a blue and gold which I was terrified of. Every holiday he would sit on the perch and would scream when I would walk by, scaring the day lights out of me. He disliked women, even my sister-in-law, so I was not very fond of Rocco at first. I was actually speechless, knowing the bird should out live me. Now, he is my best friend. My husband even says I love the bird more than him. He is so cute. When I wake in the morning, he is so calm, he lifts his leg and shows his me one wing and says Momma. Throughout the day, he says Mom and if I don't answer him, you can hear him getting excited. He will get a little louder saying Ma then screams Ma if I don't answer him. He hangs upside down, dances,and will fly to my arm with an up-up command. His new saying is 'awl', from when he accidentally bit me (love bites). This bird has bonded with me. He really doesn't want anything to do with my husband (LOL). Absolutely, my best friend!

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