Animal Stories - Meyer's Parrot


Animal-World Information about: Meyer's Parrot

  The Meyer's Parrot, or Brown Parrot, is a small parrot that is very attractive and entertaining!
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Geoff. Bland - 2004-07-19
We live in Cheltenham (in the west of England) and for four months we have been the proud owners of a Meyers Parrot named Cupcake. He was only five months old when we bought him and in the short time since then he has learned a great deal. He can imitate the telephone and the sound of the curtains being drawn and he cries pitifully when left alone. However, what particularly amuses us is his behaviour during our meal times. As soon as he sees the table being set he comes to the bars of his cage and chirps at us for food. He loves peas and baked beans and he is particularly fond of toast (which he dunks in his water pot before eating). So far he has not said an intelligible word - but he chats away happily in his own robotic language and clicks his tongue as a greeting each time we come into the room. He enjoys riding around on my shoulder but, when thwarted, he can really bite!

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Ronald&Rhonda - 2014-06-30
Just purchased Sam. He's(?) a 4 month old Meyers. Things moved pretty quick for Sam. He got to the pet store on Friday and we picked him up on Sunday. 2 moves in quick succession. Today is the next day from purchase (Monday) and he started eating and drinking this evening. He has a pretty hard bite! Searching online for tips to break this. From what I see, just training for trust by doing a couple tricks should do it. We're looking forward to a long happy relationship with Sam. He's our first pet bird, so we all have a lot of growing up together.

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kim - 2014-01-27
I just got a 4 month old 'hand-fed' baby from a breeder. The baby is not eating nor drinking and seems absolutely terrified. Just brought home yesterday evening. Meyer is in a cage in my bedroom to have some quiet/acclimation time. Has been held minimally maybe 3x 5min each-tries to fly away in fear. Opened cage while speaking smoothly this morning and flew away in fear. Now, I do have other birds that were bought at an older age. Is this normal for a baby? Does not perch on finger, but will on perch. Is this bird just not socialized?? Normal reaction for a baby? I am very worried about the not eating part. I was hoping for a tamed, hand-fed babe. Can she come around? I know I may sound crazy since I just got her---but she IS TERRIFIED. I fear for the amount of stress she must be feeling. Bird not sexed. Breeder said she seemed like a girl. Please help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-27
    It is concerning that your bird is not drinking. This baby could very well have been hand-fed, but has probably been weaned for several weeks now. It may be that the breeder was feeding many babies and didn't give this bird much one-on-one time, that  happens with some larger outfits. He may then have been housed with other birds, so no longer is well socializd with humans. Birds always prefer other birds over people.. it's a natural behavior, and so then become cautious with humans. Usually it takes time and patience, offering treats and soft words, and a bird will start responding.

    Not drinking or eating is concerning however. If the bird doesn't start drinking soon, you may try to offer assistance. Try getting some handfeeding formula (Kaytee makes great formula) and offering it.  Take the bird out, put it on a table (or in a large flat box/bin). Hold it from the back with your hand around its body, thumb and forefinger on either side of the head. Then offer a bit of food  with a syringe (a spoon may work too).  Be very gentle and soft-spoken, but try to get it to take a taste. This can help remind it of being a baby, because it's still young enough to remember being fed. It may still refuse, but it's worth a shot. Work on letting it know you are its 'flock' and continue to show you care about it. If it goes too long without drinking or food, taking it to a vet could end up being necessary.
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bill - 2012-09-10
I just got a meyers parrot and he can be a bit nippy at times. He was teased a bit before I got him . What can I do to discourage this.and can you train them to stay on their perch unless I take him off or call him?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-10
    OK   try and figure out 'WHY' hs is nipping?  Moving too fast, not knowing what your action is, afraid etc.  Watch his body language and think about what you are doing. No, you are not MAKING him NIP but possibly something you happen to be doing is scaring him or he thinks you ar going to hurt him and so he nips.  Real easy - just grab ahold of the beak and say 'NO'.  Pull him toward you and hold him and say 'NO'  I had one bird that would bite, and trainer told me if the bird was going to bite yell 'JAIL' to put him in the bathtub with lights out and count to 60.  Took 3 tries but it worked.  I would try holding him, making friends, and just closing his mouth first though.  Yes, you can train him to remain on his perch.  Just when he flies off - put him back on.  Needs toys on perch though.  Then you can trainhim to come when you call - just by holding a treat or a toy - most of the time all you have to do is wave and call his name.  First though, you have to let him get used to his new home with all the voices and sounds and smells.  OK?
  • Zenek - 2012-11-28
    Just a random note/FYI this bird isn't necasserily a plucker. He's missing feathers on his head which can be a sign of a disease like PBFD (the bird can't physically pluck feathers there unless another bird did it to him).He is still a very beautiful and funny bird, and I wish him the best
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Tisha - 2012-11-07
Hi, I recently took over the care of my sister's 17-year old Meyers parrot because they stopped paying attention to her the last five years. She's very friendly with me and is always wanting to be handled and head-scratched. If my husband comes by though, she gets really mad and will bite me really hard, breaking skin. She is relentless about it. He's not trying to pet her or touch me, he's just in the same room. I try not to get startled and calmly put her back in the cage but what else can I do to discourage her from reacting this way? Also, I put her cage next to my 32-year old male cockatiel, is there any reason I should separate the cages? It's been a couple months and they don't interact in anyway. I do not let them out of their cages at the same time and I keep the cages far enough so that she cannot climb on it.

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  • Tisha - 2012-11-08
    Thank you so much, I will do exactly as you said. Thank you too for the website, what a great resource.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-08
    The Meyers is completely bonded to you and when that happens and they can't attack the competition - they frequently will attack the mate (you in this case).  Basic attempts first - when you know your husnabd is going to come in grab the meyers and yell 'No hurt mama' and place him in his cage.  Then you can try and just grab him and say 'No hurt mama' and place him back on your arm.  I had one bird (just one) that liked to bite (not hard but annoying) and i finally called a trainor.  She said when the bird looked like it was going to bite or did bite yell 'JAIL' pick it up and put it in the bathtub, turn out the lights and close the door and count to 60.  Honest.  First time - no reaction.  Second time that little bird is center of the tub and just not moving at all.  Third time - I yelled 'JAIL' and the bird shook like a dog coming out of a pond and did not even attempt to bite.  Sounds funny but it worked. 
  • Tisha - 2012-11-07
    Correction- 22 year old cockatiel.
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boysfather - 2012-05-19
I have ten birds were caught in the Savannah.
Now I do not know what to do with them. Is it possible to breed, and what is the best to deal with them?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-19
    WOW couple of questions? Meyers Parrots? Do you want to breed/keep them? If you want to breed them, then you need to DNA sex them - also watching them to see if they have a preference or possibly already picked a mate. Then set them up in flight cages with nest boxes.
  • Anonymous - 2012-07-23
    Release them back into the savannah.
  • Dawn - 2012-10-10
    I don't know where you live, but where I come from it's illegal to breed wild birds and if caught with them, or caught selling hatchlings it's major punishment!
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Cherie' Cruver Zehm - 2012-09-23
Years ago I founded the national non-profit corporation ZehmZoo Avian Rescue, Rehabilitation and Sanctuary with headquarters in Washington State. We have rescued many Meyer's Parrots over the years, and I have become expert in rehabilitating the poor creatures who have been teased to the point of ferocious biting because members of their companion families did not know how to deal with the Meyers' sometimes feisty nature. Many of these poor little creatures, when in the act of committing a rather painful bite, have been banged repeatedly on hard walls, furniture, floors or anything that is convenient to dislodge them at any cost, without any consideration as to what this action is doing to the bird's brain, neck, spinal column and tendency to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I have treated birds who have developed brain damage. My husband and I have developed a method of safely removing a Meyer's which leaves both parties minimally-damaged and still affectionate friends. I call it the Precious Press, named after a wonderful female who had suffered enough brain damage from this kind of abuse in her past that it finally took her life. With the Precious Press, as your Meyer's begins to bite down, you immediately take the thumb and index finger of your free hand and apply them to opposite sides of the bird's head. As you slowly increase the pressure, being careful to avoid the eyes, the technique seems to release endorphins into the parrot's bloodstream. The parrot quickly releases his or her hold and stands quietly as though nothing has transpired to upset him or her in the first place. At this point you can give the parrot a 'head rub', letting him or her know that all is forgotten, and you can continue with many years of a healthy relationship.

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Stephanie Valentin - 2012-08-12
I just got a meyers parrot a few weeks ago, it was hand raised and I was there through the whole thing but its very nasty towards me and bite through my skin. What do I do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-12
    If the parrot was truly hand raised, it would not be biting you unless you are torturing it (which I doubt).  The seller didn't give you the whole truth and it is doubtful you know the age.  I'd take the bird back.  I would go to a reputable breeder and purchase a parrot that you can hold, kiss, cuddle and just love on.  You would not excpect a puppy or a cat to bite you and a hand fed baby bird does not either.  If you want to keep him, then you will have to buy a book on how to tame him.  Me, I would take it back and I would write all over the Internet and this breeders page as to what she said and how this bird behaves so others do not purchase from her.
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Tyler - 2012-04-28
Hi! I know the last comments here are from a long time ago but....I have meyers parrot and she/he has been masturbating all the time. It's really gross. What can I do to stop it?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-29
    If that is what he is doig seems odd but try letting him out to play and more activity and attention.
  • cheryl sawyer - 2012-08-08
    it may sound strange but you are stimulating the birds reproduction instincts. You need to not encourage that behavior. Do not rub down its back or at the base of the tail just pet its head. You can also try shortening daylight hours to get out of breeding cycle. Breeding cycle may happen once a year or could happen more often.
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Freddie Forrest - 2012-07-24
I have an elderly Meyer's Parrot (maybe she is 20). Her husband died in 2003 and this morning, 24 July, 2012, she laid an egg in her seed dish? How is that possible and will we ever have a 'baby'? She is ever so proud and cleaning herself and eats like 10 parrots? Incredible surprise for me.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-24
    She isn't old - she is prime.  The life expectancy of a meyers is usually around 30 years but they have been known to live in captivity to up to 50 years old.  So she is just in her prime.  I am sorry about her husband - she could be a cougar....   A female can lay eggs without a male.  They will just lay the egg.  It is not fertile.  Let her have he egg in a little bowl for 30 days or so or until she gets bored with it.  She may or may not sit it for a couple of days and there is probably going to be one or two more.  She is having fun and the maternal drive kicked in.  Might want to get her a couple new toys in 2 weeks or so.
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