[Image: An African Grey Parrot standing on the bottom of a beige cage. Their body and head feathers are fluffed up as far as they go, she has a wide stance and her wings are held apart from her body. Her legs and the tops of her wings have been plucked of feathers and she is staring angrily at the camera.]
@hearthawk I’m sure this pose isn’t going to confuse you too much!
This is a bird who wants to murder you!
I glanced down and thought this poor dear was the baby grey I had been socializing at the shop and opened the cage. When I was greeted by this reaction and saw the plucked areas, I knew I was wrong. But I had my camera out and decided to take the second to take a picture so I could show you what murder-bird looks like.
This is a very scared, very aggressive african grey. You can tell because she is puffed up as large as she can make herself and is holding her wings out to increase the overall illusion of size.
This is a very clear threat display that shows that she is not playing around. She’s not going to bop you away, or even just give you a small nip, when this parrot bites she is about to go for blood and be ready to fight hard.
Her legs are braced against the cage bars below her. She has one foot facing forward and one planted sideways that she will use to stabilize herself when she lunges.
Her head is kept low but it’s not in a vulnerable position. It’s not like being fluffed up asking for scratches and you can tell with the rest of the posture but also how she is keeping her eyes solidly on the threat (me + camera).
This poor dear is a re-home who was just taken off of her fresh laid egg and taken to the shop that morning, so she was pretty upset with everything. I was able to sit with her a little while, with the cage between us, and she calmed down enough to preen and not snap at me, but any forward movement and she was back to being super agitated.
Ichabod continues to want to hang out on Gwen’s cage all the time–he goes over there pretty much as soon as I let him out, and gets upset when he thinks I’m going to take him away. He isn’t misbehaving up there (no sexual displays, not pestering her (mostly))–I think he just likes being near her. And she doesn’t seem to mind at all, so I’m inclined to leave them be (as long as her door is closed so he can’t get in). She has this whole play top area that she obviously never uses, so hey, maybe Ich can.
My main concern was that he wasn’t eating while over there, so I kept bringing him snacks, but then I discovered that his food dish fits right in the little holder! He hasn’t ventured up there yet, and the ladder I added was Pretty Scary at first. I moved his dish down and he went for it, (almost threw it over a few times -____- ). Maybe he’ll use the play top area eventually lol!
[Image: In the background are two lineolated parakeets, one cobalt blue, one teal blue, sitting in the crook of someone’s arm snuggling and facing away from the camera. A third parakeet is close to the front, in focus and is looking right at the camera. Their head is a light blue fading to grey on the body.]
Linnie babies. My gosh. These three were a handful, but so worth hanging around. Little Teal just wanted to fight anything that touched him, but the other two were super sweet. Though the news-paper-grey one didn’t care where they stepped and continuously walked over their siblings. The cobalt blue one just wanted to snuggle though.
I made this in hopes that people will wake up to the huge responsibility that is sharing your life with a parrot. It’s possible they will outlive you. What are your plans if/when they do?
We have people seeking out our rescue because a family member passed away and they are not prepared to take over the care of their bird.
In the absence of flockmates and actual mates (which they would have in the wild), birds often proceed to form strong emotional bonds with a particular person. Upon their passing, they may actually become vicious or neurotic, even resorting to self-mutilation/plucking. They suffer heart break just as we do.
This is why I cringe at photos of people with baby macaw, cockatoos, and amazons that are destined to be pets.
Please think of the needs of birds before you bring one into your home. They have many.
Nigel the parrot vanished from his
British owner’s house in 2010 and
was presumed dead or gone until he
randomly showed up 4 years later.
Nobody knows where he went, but he
came back speaking only Spanish and
talking about some guy named Larry. Source
This was our night. Rhode Island Parrot Rescue worked tirelessly through the night and into the morning to rescue over 150 birds from a horrific hoarding situation. The barn where these birds were kept was in such disgusting condition and so heavily coated in feces that it caught on fire just moments after volunteers got the last bird out.
Please help us care for these birds. Please send supplies like paper towels, face masks, bleach, towels, sheets, and bird food (especially Lorikeet nectar) to
Rhode Island Parrot Rescue
2141 W Shore Rd.
Warwick, RI 02886