Part of the Flock

Part of the Flock

Three crazy birds and a lunatic human. ___________________________________________________________

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___________________________________________________________ Mistreatment of parrots stops here.
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thepacificparrotlet thepacificparrotlet Said:

I’ve used that before but I find it a bit more of a hassle for me personally, having to upload images of my birds elsewhere so i can obtain a proper url and then plug it in to the html code.  I don’t typically use codes, if there’s something I’m missing then do tell me!  But I find it quicker and easier if I just screen shot and post as text when multiple images are involved.

Wanted to add in pictures and Tumblr is a butt so I made this a text post, hope you don’t mind!

This is definitely not a stupid question, I’ve got 2 different species in my house and 4 (possibly 5) different subspecies!

Starting off we’ve got the canary:

Flippy: Lizard Canary - male

Characterized by the straight beak, three front toes one back, green tummy, and black back spots

Canaries are the most popular of the songbirds in modern captivity.  They are most commonly known for their beautiful songs but there is quite a lot more to these small birds than people let on!  They can learn to enjoy human contact, some have even learned recall, they are also incredibly smart comparative to the ‘bird brain’ name they have been given.  My canaries have learned precisely what to do to get my attention, if he wants a bath he will start shaking his feathers, if I open the fridge he will start chirping at me until I give him some spinach! They do need vegetables to be healthy, varied perches, and the same basic care as most parrots.  They are commonly found on Spain’s Canary Islands, the native colouring of canaries is green, the popular yellow was selectively bred and is actually unnatural!

On the Parrotlet end of things we have my two girls:

Mia: Pacific Parrotlet - female

Characterized by her brown eyes, offset beak & beak gap, blue tummy, dark blue wings, vibrant dark blue/ navy blue rump, sits on her feet sideways.

Zeeby: Fallow Parrotlet - female

Characterized by her red eyes, pale blue tummy, grey wings, turquoise rump.

The other birds in the house:

Boo: Pacific Parrotlet - female (Mia’s older sister)

Characterized by her darker brown eyes, beak is slightly more angled than Mia’s, blue tummy, dark blue wings, blue rump.

Roxy: Green Rumped Parrotlet - female

Characterized by her super dark brown eyes, emerald green rump, pear-shaped body, light green tummy, darker green wings

Gabby: possibly a partial Pied Parrotlet

We were told she is a pacific but I’m doubting that.  She’s got yellow feathers behind her eye, on her coverts, and on her butt that are not due to vitamin deficiencies which leads me to believe that she may be partly pied.

Characterized by her yellow covert feather, dark blue rump, green tummy, light brown eyes, dark green wings.

Parrotlets are still relatively unknown in the avian community but are rising in popularity.  They originate from Peru and Ecuador with a diet of berries, fruits, seeds, and vegetables.  They do not travel in large flocks and typically do not get along with one another in captivity, in many cases parrotlets have taken over entire trees in the wild and will fight any other bird to keep their tree.  Parrotlets are amongst the most underrated in terms of care, they are quite a handful to someone with little to no avian experience and require a careful hand to keep them from developing aggression and health problems.  The wild parrotlet is the natural green colour, they have been selectively bred in to a great range of yellows, whites, and blues.  Some species, such as the yellow-faced parrotlet are on the threatened list due to increased forestry work and the pet trade.

Working on indoor free flight with Mia!  Baby steps but her general responsiveness and understanding of the concept has made great improvement through all the training steps we took to get here.  This was her first official ‘indoor free flight’ session and I’d say she did a pretty good job!

New pepper swings today!

Some more wet bird from yesterday

Fresh birdy breakfast this morning

Veggie ball, asparagus, carrot, broccoli, papaya, passionfruit, kiwi, bean sprouts.

Been working on making possessive shoulder-conure less crazy, she will tolerate other employees handling her quite well when she can't see me, but as soon as she spots me or hears my voice she flies over (best she can with clipped wings), settles down with my ponytail, and fluffs herself up and makes threatening noises at anything that comes near "her" head. Yes, even my hands. And if I reach in to the cage or anything, she will begin squawking and complaining because she wants to stay out
thepacificparrotlet thepacificparrotlet Said:
I can’t stop all contact because her food, water, foot and beak health and cage cleaning are my job. And people request to meet her quite a bit because she’s so cute, a task which often falls to me. But god this is a territorial little creature. Over my hair…. Maybe wear a bun to work?
A bun could potentially help! Hiding in hair could be simulating a form of nesting behaviour whether it be the physical nest itself or a parent bird nesting on top that could be triggering part of this territorial event.  By removing the ‘nesting’ site there is a chance she would be less likely to be so aggressive over you. However, simply snuggling up against a neck could also provide a similar environment to her so it may not do a whole lot but it is worth a shot!
Otherwise my answer is the same as last time, pass her around as much as you can, get her to see that other people are worth loving too.  If you can get them to give her treats, sunflower seeds, and really use a food reward for this it would likely help her along in this process where possible!
When she does ‘fly’ over to you make sure you don’t reward the behaviour by letting her sit with you.  Simply return her to wherever she ‘flew’ from and eventually she should learn that ‘flying’ at you will get her nowhere.  You can use this attachment to your advantage and start to train her in to knowing that being kind and spending time with other people will get her a reward (spending time with you or food).
It’s great that she lets other people participate with her, hopefully she will find a forever home soon and this issue will resolve itself with that. In the meantime just keep passing her around and limit your contact where possible, even if she shows no progress at some points you can not give in and just let her hang with you again otherwise this territorial aggression could get worse to the point where other people can’t pick her up.
When this territorial defensiveness starts make sure you don’t just let her have her way.  You can not teach her that biting and refusal will let her stay where she wants, but you can’t force her either.  Try to entice her to come off of you, every time she steps off nicely reward her with verbal praise and treats.  If she never does then target training is the best route to go if you have the time, you can then just target her off of you and reward her for not being aggressive at that time.   Bribery is not the best route to go since the bird will not be focused on doing an action it will be focused on food.  If the bird has no drive to fill hunger holding food in front of it and asking to come off won’t do anything.  If you use a target stick the bird will be focused on doing a trained action for happiness and the excitement they receive afterwards, a drive that never rests meaning that regardless of the mood or circumstance the bird should respond.
Periodically throughout the day if you have her on you try to randomly take her off and reward her for coming off.  Typically asking the bird to move at unscheduled times (not bed time, feeding time, shift changes) they will be more willing to do so since they are not expecting to be put away.  Gradually you can reinforce the good step ups and phase out the bad territorial ones once she realizes they get her nowhere.
Also, when she does refuse don’t make a big deal out of it. Keep it calm, quiet and positive.  If you get worked up, loud, or frantic, you are creating an exciting environment which could be accidentally encouraging her to keep doing this.
It just takes time and patience, eventually she will realize that there are more people in this world worth loving, and she’ll see that biting and territorial behaviours get her nowhere.  It may take a while but they will subside over time.

I think I broke it

Clearing out pictures from my phone when I pass by this beauty

I RLY LIKED BIRDY BLUEPRINTS
thepacificparrotlet thepacificparrotlet Said:

colorswithcrayons:

thepacificparrotlet:

Thank you! I liked that one too, I don’t know if I can think of any other options!!!

I didn’t even see that one >_> I was doing other things whilst reading these lol! That one is good too. PEOPLE SHOULD HELP SUGGEST AND OR
VOTE OR WHATEVER

I agree, this would be much easier if we had some input from the masses!

So guys? What URL’s do you like?

referring to this post in case you missed it!

colorswithcrayons:

thepacificparrotlet:

thepacificparrotlet:

colorswithcrayons:

thepacificparrotlet:

thepacificparrotlet:

colorswithcrayons:

horatioandalice:

colorswithcrayons:

Would anyone wanna start a DIY blog for birds? DIY including bird toys, play stands, food, perches, etc

You can post your own DIY creations or scour the net for some to post about.

pepperandpals
horatioandalice
avianawareness

Would anyone wanna run it with me?

Also… Names ?

I’m down!

hmm.. I suck at coming up with names but how about 

Talon Toys

Creative Caiques

Smart Stimulation

The Toy Nest

..?

feathered fantasies?

I’m just going to keep using alliteration until someone comes up with something useful!

I was thinking something pertaining to DIY or the words create, make, etc

I’m bad at names too >_>

I was trying to think of names with those same words but couldn’t think of anything!

ummmmmmm

Feathered creations

Parrot DIY

Feathered DIY

parrot/feathered inventions

Birdy Blueprints 

If anyone would chime in and throw ideas around that would be great, I’m struggling here!

parrot production

avian creations

I kinda like parrot production. Well avian creations too.

Well it’s your idea so you can choose! I think I’m out of ideas so I’m down with whatever you decide!

I RLY LIKED BIRDY BLUEPRINTS
thepacificparrotlet thepacificparrotlet Said:

Thank you! I liked that one too, I don’t know if I can think of any other options!!!

thepacificparrotlet:

colorswithcrayons:

thepacificparrotlet:

thepacificparrotlet:

colorswithcrayons:

horatioandalice:

colorswithcrayons:

Would anyone wanna start a DIY blog for birds? DIY including bird toys, play stands, food, perches, etc

You can post your own DIY creations or scour the net for some to post about.

pepperandpals
horatioandalice
avianawareness

Would anyone wanna run it with me?

Also… Names ?

I’m down!

hmm.. I suck at coming up with names but how about 

Talon Toys

Creative Caiques

Smart Stimulation

The Toy Nest

..?

feathered fantasies?

I’m just going to keep using alliteration until someone comes up with something useful!

I was thinking something pertaining to DIY or the words create, make, etc

I’m bad at names too >_>

I was trying to think of names with those same words but couldn’t think of anything!

ummmmmmm

Feathered creations

Parrot DIY

Feathered DIY

parrot/feathered inventions

Birdy Blueprints 

If anyone would chime in and throw ideas around that would be great, I’m struggling here!

parrot production

avian creations

colorswithcrayons:

thepacificparrotlet:

thepacificparrotlet:

colorswithcrayons:

horatioandalice:

colorswithcrayons:

Would anyone wanna start a DIY blog for birds? DIY including bird toys, play stands, food, perches, etc

You can post your own DIY creations or scour the net for some to post about.

pepperandpals
horatioandalice
avianawareness

Would anyone wanna run it with me?

Also… Names ?

I’m down!

hmm.. I suck at coming up with names but how about 

Talon Toys

Creative Caiques

Smart Stimulation

The Toy Nest

..?

feathered fantasies?

I’m just going to keep using alliteration until someone comes up with something useful!

I was thinking something pertaining to DIY or the words create, make, etc

I’m bad at names too >_>

I was trying to think of names with those same words but couldn’t think of anything!

ummmmmmm

Feathered creations

Parrot DIY

Feathered DIY

parrot/feathered inventions

Birdy Blueprints 

If anyone would chime in and throw ideas around that would be great, I’m struggling here!