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Think Your Bird Hates You?

Relax & reconnect with your bird

By Sally Blanchard

Some pet birds may display behavior that to us may seem hateful, but is in fact quite differentOur misinterpretation of a parrot’s behavior is one of the major causes of problems with the human/parrot relationship. I hear lots of rules and absolutes about parrot behavior, but I believe there is one golden rule in understanding our avian companions: Parrots are more comfortable with people who are comfortable with them.

When people call me for a parrot behavior consultation, there are two things I hear quite frequently. The first is, “My bird suddenly turned mean,” and the other is, “My bird hates me.” The choice of words depends on how people interpret the fact that their bird has either been aggressive with them or suddenly wants nothing to do with them. Both statements are rarely, if ever, what is really going on.

**For the full article, pick up the November 2008 issue of BIRD TALK**

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