Correcting a Parrot’s Bad Behavior

Have you decided to adopt a parrot? Polly is a very sweet and fun pet, but she can be a handful. Read on as a local North Phoenix, AZ vet offers some tips on breaking a bird’s bad habits.

Figure Out The Cause

If your feathered pal is acting up, it’s important to figure out why. Polly may feel too cramped in her cage, or she may need more time out of it. Boredom is also not uncommon in parrots: these intelligent birds need lots of mental stimulation. She may also feel lonely. Parrots don’t do well with being isolated and/or ignored. Or, your winged pal may be tired. Parrots need quite a bit of sleep, so if your colorful friend can’t get at least ten hours a day of uninterrupted shut-eye, she could just be drowsy. Other potential causes include illness or injury and simple fear.

Don’t Overhandle Polly

Birds all have their own personalities. Some are friendly and calm, while others are easily frightened and/or can be aggressive. However, just because Polly isn’t acting aggressive doesn’t mean she isn’t scared. Don’t handle your bird too much until you’ve gained her trust. Try not to touch her when you talk to her or interact with her. Instead, let her decide when she is comfortable enough to hop onto your finger or shoulder.

What To Do

If Polly is shouting or biting, the first thing to remember is to stay calm. Never yell at your pet: this will just make matters worse. We actually recommend ignoring your little buddy when she’s having a tantrum. Then, when your parrot is being good, offer her treats and praise. This will reinforce good behavior.


Make sure that your home is safe and comfortable for Polly. A comfy cage is a must. The cage should be in a spot where she can see and hear you without being in the middle of a lot of commotion. Parrots also need lots of fun toys and perches, and plenty of time outside of their cages. Last but not least, if you know or suspect that your colorful pet has health issues, make a veterinary appointment right away.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns about caring for your parrot. As your North Phoenix, AZ vet clinic, we are dedicated to keeping pets happy and healthy!

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