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Killing is a possible behavior in some pet birds toward other pet birds.


Some species of companion or caged birds are capable of serious violence toward other birds. In the world of parrots, large cockatoos, lovebirds and many members of the Poicephalus family (Meyer’s, Senegals, etc.) are especially noted for this level of aggression, though it has been seen in other species. In the world of wild birds, there are several species known for aggressive attacks on each other. Indeed, a well-known nature magazine had a wonderful article titled: “Hummingbirds: If They Were Large As Crows It Would Be Too Dangerous To Walk In The Forest!”


Be extremely cautious when putting birds together. Birds (songbirds as well as parrots) can be extremely territorial, so problems are especially likely if people try to introduce a new bird into an area in which another bird already lives. After all, most of us would resent a stranger being plunked without permission into our living room! The best technique to put two birds together entails getting a new, much larger enclosure in which to simultaneously introduce the two birds. See “Territorial” in this index for more information on this concept.

Disclaimer:’s Bird Behavior Index is intended for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the expertise and experience of a professional veterinarian. Do not use the information presented here to make decisions about your bird’s health if you suspect your pet is sick. If your pet is showing signs of illness or you notice changes in your bird’s behavior, take your pet to the nearest veterinarian or an emergency pet clinic as soon as possible.

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