Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Indiana, USA
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You seem to have good instincts. You've already stated that you simply do what you have to do without acknowledging the aggression at all, and I think that is what you have to keep doing.
I feel so sorry for the poor bird, and for you, too. I think it must be fairly common for pionus to love their cages and be perfectly happy staying in them. Years ago, when the bird didn't want to come out and just moved away from the people when they tried to take it out, they must have chased it around the cage, eventually teaching it to bite to get their hands away. It all deteriorated into this. It is a real shame.
Your target, as Daisy has suggested, is to develop an alternate way to get the bird away from the cage, but, for now, just teaching it that you will never knock it to the ground again is the most important thing. (Well, you might, by accident, because sometimes accidents happen, but you won't ever do it on purpose.)
I know that on the linnie forum people have developed all sorts of alternatives to taking linnies away from their cages, because as a species they are notorious for developing a fear of hands. Another forum in which you could find numerous suggestions for taking birds away from cages, and especially cage aggressive birds, would be a quaker forum.
I know it is very difficult to wait, but for right now I'd resist the urge to try anything other than showing the bird that you won't force him off the cage and offering it alternative ways to explore its environment. I hope it will come away from the cage on its own for you, because that would make your life so much easier since it is gentle while away from the cage.
Also, keep offereing treats through the cage bars.
OH, just thought of something - for your ladders and other ways to let the bird climb get away from the cage on its own - what about using platforms that look like cage sides, if you can get your hands on any. They might feel like extensions of the cage to him/her, and therefore seem more safe to traverse.