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Beating Toys or Toy Aggression

Toy aggression behavior is a healthy, normal energy expenditure for a parrot.


Wildly enthusiastic and noisy play with a toy, which might be banged around the cage; often accompanied by much growling and screaming and wing flapping. This often leads inexperienced owners to believe the bird is injured, trapped or being harmed.


This is a healthy, normal energy expenditure for a parrot (especially a youngster), and it should not be discouraged. It is, after all, preferable for a bird to expend normal aggression and excess energy toward a toy than the human anatomy. Experience will teach the owner what are the sounds of happy, raucous play and what are the sounds of a bird that is injured, trapped or being harmed.


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My bird Tiki loves to take his "anger" out on his toys. He's very entertaining to watch.
Valerie, Espanola, NM
Posted: 7/16/2012 10:35:42 PM
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