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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-11-2011, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Unhappy Bonding with an adolescent bird?

Well, as it says in my title, I have a 14-16 year old bird, I am not entirely positive on his age because I was given him by my grandmother. She drove him almost 2000 miles because when I had come to visit the previous summer, he had 'picked' me. I have had him a year now, and am still new at figuring out his body language and his behavior in general.

My problem is that I have had him almost a year, (as i said, sorry if I am being a broken record here) and we were going just fine and I thought he was getting attached to me. That was all well and good, but lately he's been calling out whenever my nephew is around, and getting wide eyes, walking around the cage and trying to see out the door when he hears Nik (nephew).

I don't know what that means, and naturally I am a bit jealous that he doesn't give me that sort of attention but it is mostly that I am worried that he will not bond to me since my nephew is around. Does he have some sort of interest in him over me? Because often times I will have Sweetpea (the bird) out of his cage, and he wont let me pet him but he will sit on my arm and let Nik pet him..

If it is that he is interested in my nephew, are there any ways I can get him interested in me again instead? I would feel positively terrible if I had to tell my grandmother this, or even give him to my nephew because he might get aggressive towards me.

Any ideas? It's been bothering me for weeks...

(also, he's quite the model, check out his picture xD http://ophilialove.deviantart.com/ar...F7520994&qo=65 )

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Hey!
He's a pretty gorgeous amazon

and as for that behaviour he is doing, I'd have said with eyes flaring and stuff that he is either over excited or he is really annoyed. Amazons do it a lot! When he is like it you just need to back off and let him calm down.

spend as much time with him as you can, feed him from your hands and give him things from your hands to play with.

keep his cage in the room you're in the most so he can always be watching you and know what you're up to.

I hope everything gets sorted out

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I seen alot of adverts when looking at birds for sale and noticed some Greys and Amazon owners saying in the ads that their birds prefers men more than women - vice versa. I am wondering if this is the case with your Amazon.

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I seen alot of adverts when looking at birds for sale and noticed some Greys and Amazon owners saying in the ads that their birds prefers men more than women - vice versa. I am wondering if this is the case with your Amazon.
The bird really really hates my father. I don't know if that gives you any clue, but it's really hilarious sometimes because if he is in his cage and he hears my dad coming down the hallway, he puffs up, stretches his wings out and walks around peacocking up the whole place.
Perhaps what catalinadee said is correct, he may just be annoyed by Nik - but I dont think that explains his letting him pet him. Or maybe it's that Nik is small, and much less threatening and makes him feel bigger. I wouldn't be surprised, Peaty is very full of himself.

And thanks for the complement, I think he knows...keeps saying Hello? Hello! Helloooooooo....sounds just like my grandmother! XD


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Hmmm... it's hard to say based on your description if he's excited or upset when your nephew is around (it looks much the same in Amazons pinning eyes, fluffing, leaning over). How old is your nephew? I've found Amazons prefer people of a certain type, not just gender. I've seen amazons that love blondes, though their owners are brunettes. They love their owners but swoon over blondes. Or Amazons that love long hair in a pony tail. They just have quirks like that. Amazons often gravitate towards people with energetic, or high pitched, voices. The Amazons we had at the shop all mimicked my voice over others because of the pitch and I always talked excitedly to them. So when I came in and they heard me they would pin, fluff up, and lean to me and start talking because they knew I would always talk back and be excited to talk to them. They have egos, just like us, and love people who feed that with attention or treating them like they're special. Often times, as owners, we get used to their chatter and new people are someone to impress and show off too, since they will "appreciate" it more



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