If a bird is left alone for long periods, they will develop mental and behavioral disorders which are difficult to undo. Behaviors such as pacing back and forth, excessive feather picking and biting are signs that the bird is not receiving the proper love and attention that he needs.
The best way to beat these behavioral issues is to prevent them from happening in the first place. Too many exotic birds are neglected by ignorant owners, only to be turned over to Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland. Unfortunately, due to bird owner’s ignorance, this sanctuary must find more land to house all of the disturbed exotic birds that have been mistreated and neglected.
Preventing behavioral problems means knowing what emotional and physical requirements the exotic bird really needs. Speaking with experts such as bird breeders or joining an avicultural society such as The Vancouver Island Caged Bird Society are two ways to learn more about the needs of exotic birds.
According to the website The True Parrot Homestead.com, it is crucial for exotic bird owners to differentiate between natural and unnatural bird habits. Determining the difference between normal bird behavior and behavior resulting from being in captivity is the first important step to having a positive experience with a pet bird.
For example, it is natural for an exotic bird to vocalize. An unnatural habit would be continual screaming that doesn’t stop. Some birds such as South American parrots may call out at dusk and dawn. This is a natural habit by the bird to show that he’s happy to be alive. Excessive screaming comes from boredom and loneliness. It is important for his owner to spend enough time with him to prevent this behavioral issue from occurring.
Another unnatural behavior is biting. Exotic birds rarely bite in the wild. Biting can happen for a variety of reasons such as territorial issues, feeling pain or simply the fact that he hasn’t been properly tamed. Birds who haven’t been tamed will perceive humans as predators, causing them to bite. Parrots are not domesticated animals, so they need to feel safe with their owner and other humans to prevent this troublesome habit from happening.
The truth is that most neurotic behaviors exhibited in birds are a result of being ignored, not being properly tamed or some other fault with the owner. Keeping an exotic bird in an under stimulated environment or not giving him the love and attention he needs will cause neurosis and even cause him to self mutilate. That is why it’s so important for people to educate themselves about these beautiful animals before bringing one home.
Owning an exotic bird means a lifetime commitment. This is something that a person should not go into without careful consideration and planning.
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