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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-22-2014, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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Is she being aggressive?

Hey all, I have a 4 month old princess parrot. I've had her for 3 weeks now. She comes out of her cage willingly now, in the sense that I open the door and in her time she flies out. She loves roaming around. But mainly she likes to fly on me. Does this mean she feels contented with me and that she likes me? She likes to peck the hell out of me, anywhere she can get a soft bit of skin. Is this because she is exploring, or is she being aggressive? How can I teach her to not peck me. Or will she do it forever? Do birds not like when your face is close to them I.e when they're on your shoulder you turn to face them? It's just she freaked out when I did that, got really defensive. She is currently sleeping on my shoulder. Does that mean she's content, or would they sleep anywhere?
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Sounds like she is content and just being a brat and pushing her boundaries. Maybe try doing some training with her as it sounds like she needs some discipline (or routine, whatever you may call it).

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You young parrot likes you and is already very trusting.
I think she wants to explore your face like little children do.
If she hurts you you could say "no" and pick her away from your face.
I'm sure she'll learn quickly.
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Sounds like she's just trying to test her boundaries with you Obviously if she was flying at you and then really going for it I think you'd know she was being aggressive but for now it just seems like she's flying to you for a bit of fun!

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It does not sound like aggressiveness to me. It sounds like she likes you a lot. Especially if she flies to you and sleeps on your shoulder. The pecking, I agree with Flapping Mama. It is most likely her checking out your face. It is different than hers after all. In the wild, parrots that are friends preen and inspect each other. Sometimes they do it to hard and the other one lets them know what is acceptable. That is what you need to do. With my birds, if they do it once, Ill give them a warning (no biting, be a nice bird, in a firm voice with my index finger pushed lightly to their beak). If it continues, I take them off of my shoulder and set them down and turn my back--just ignore them a minute or 2. Then I repeat my phrase above, ask them to step up, praise them, and invite them back to my shoulder. Trust me, they understand when you do this what you mean.

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Thank you all for your help. It is with a very heavy heart I tell you all that Lola passed away this morning 4 months old. R.I.P
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