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Is he happy or being aggressive?

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My parents have an amazon parrot that i have posted everywhere because they just can't take care of him. He is aggressive, chews up everything, and my parents won't take him out of the cage (or let me). Of course he is miserable. I've posted him online asking for a loving family who can give him attention. In the mean time i'm staying with my parents for the next month or two and want to at least try to get him less aggressive towards people.

I also have a very shy budgie who is afraid of people (bad experience with a bad roommate of mine.)

So i have one bird who i can't take out of his cage because he was hurting people, and another who won't come out because its to scared. Their cages are in the same room so i figure i should sit near them and at least give them attention.

I've been playing music a lot for them while i sit and do some work. I just can't tell if the parrot hates it or is glad to be getting attention. He gets all puffed up, and pins his eyes a lot. I am not sure if that is mildly aggressive, or if he is just excited. He doesn't put his tale out put his head forward which he does when he is warning he is going to attack. Anyone have any clue?

Or any idea what i can do to make him hate people less?
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Don't know much about big parrots but I know when they pin their eyes it's a sign of aggression. Music is good but it has to be the right music. Even for my lineolated parakeets if I play music too loud or rock music become irritated and start to yell. I play soft relaxation music in the bird room when I paint (artist) my birds also love it and become visibly relaxed. Make sure you face the parrot when in the room and talk to it. Showing your back is a sign of punishment to parrots. Call a bird rescue site they can give you good advice. Good luck! Poor parrot

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Pinning eyes doesn't always mean aggression. Our grey would pin his eyes when he was really interested in what he heard and/or was excited.

If the zons tail isn't flared and he isn't leaning forward I would tend to believe he's excited/and or interested, though I'm not sure about the puffed up part.

And of course my experience is with greys, not zons.

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You can also do a google search on signs of parrot aggression and behavior. Eye pinning in parrots can be for different reasons, excitement yes is it good or a warning can't be decided on a forum. I think you are starting off in the right direction. Please keep us updated.

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A puffy head, fanned tail and eye pinning is usually either aggression or excitement. It can be hard to tell between the two and one can usually lead to the other. I had a very excitable orange winged Amazon who was also extremely aggressive. Through clicker and target training he became extremely confident and started to do recall with me in the end You can work on any bird, it may just take time. You've got to be consistent though if you do start. Are you thinking of keeping him for yourself?

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