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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-22-2015, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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Perching on heads = Aggression

I have a question. At the pet store where I work, we have a white bellied Caique named Buddy. He's 2 years old and a complete sweetheart. He is out of his cage nearly all day, either playing on his playtop or, more likely, hanging out with an employee.

Recently, though, he has started climbing up and perching on people's heads. He can be very aggressive if you try to remove him.

Is there some way we can "fix" this behavior, or is there anything we should be doing to prevent this type of behavior? Or should we just try our best to keep him from perching on heads?

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Hello, Rowdy.

My advise for resolving Buddy's problem would be twofold:

1. Do not let Buddy perch on heads. If he does, offer a stick to him to remove him, to avoid a bite on the hand. Hopefully, he is not afraid of perches/sticks and does go on them when offered.
2. Every time he perches on an arm/shoulder (if removing him from there doesn't cause aggression of course), give him a treat, so that eventually going to an arm/shoulder will become more desirable to him than the person's head. Needless to say, every person the bird goes to should practice this if Buddy is to learn sooner rather than later.

Please let me know how it goes if you choose to try the above approach out They are smart. They learn fast!

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I agree with the above post. Try to keep him on hands/arms and away from the shoulder area all together. A lot of birds are like this and it's something that can be fixed You can buy finger protecting perches for birds to step up on to as well

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