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Duke's little indiscretions..

Duke is a wonderful rare red suffusion princess parrot.

He's quite beautiful, a talker, and for sure a male (grew a spoon on his wing)

Duke is 6 years old, and a rehome after his owner passed away.

Well here it goes.

Duke is cage possessive, which I can understand, because he was in a pet store and people stuck their fingers in his cage all the time. But Duke likes to do this odd thing when you put him in his cage, he bird swears at your hand. He could have had the nicest time with you, and the minute you put him in, he turns around lightening quick and turns into a caged lion and goes after your hand. I'm guessing this is part of his cage possession issues, but its really wierd. Its like a habit. You could have put him in there with a perch, and he will turn around and attack it.

Also one of his really large issues is his flight. They clipped him too short, so short he barely has any feather left, and is only now starting to molt some of them. But thats not the issue. Duke even though hes clipped insists on trying to fly, and when he does, and falls, I worry he will hurt himself. Also, when he does fall, LOOK OUT FOR YOUR LIFE. He turns into a snarling biting bird, latching onto you, and not letting go until you physically remove his beak from your flesh. Its almost like hes frustrated from not being able to, and hes taking it out on you.

One of the main reasons what I just said happens is because hes SO CLINGY. Like I dont mind him being with me, but its getting kind of rediculous. You can put him down for two seconds, and Duke will be trying to fly to you, flopping onto the carpet, then chasing after you. I'm not saying I dont want him to be with me, but there are times I need to put him down to do something, without him following me for his own safety.
I have a perch in the living room so he can be with us, but thats not good enough for him, he HAS to be on you every second that hes out. If hes on you and he slips, even for a second on your shirt and has to try to fly to regain his balance, he will bird swear and latch onto your skin. Its getting to the point that whenever you are in the bedroom (where the bird's cages are) and you can have one of the others out and Duke will be bird swearing at the other bird because they are spending time with you and he isnt.

I love him, dont get me wrong, but this is insane! I want him to be a happy bird, loving life, not scared or frustrated anymore. HELP!

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
- Lou Holtz

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