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Old 06-17-2019, 07:06 PM
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Obtained a mate for Amazon parrot, now both are aggressive

Hi all,

A family member of mine has had an Amazon yellow naped parrot for 10 years presumed to be male (previous owner had told my family member the parrot is male, not sure how this was determined). My family member decided to find him another yellow naped parrot who we were told is female (previous owner said they did DNA testing)and we've had her "Fiona" for 10 days.

The 2 parrots get along just fine between them but both are extremely aggressive towards others (the female more so). Both are constantly fluffed up, pinwheeling eyes, biting when anyone is near. Fiona (the one that is presumed to be female) has charged/thrown herself off the cage to attack me, most recently when I adjusted a toy that's on top of the cage.

I have difficulty feeding them because they are protective of their cage. Originally, I had them step up on a stick and move them from the cage to another area while I changed their bowls but they have recently started attacking the stick and its becoming more difficult to move them.

I've read that when Amazon parrots find a mate they tend not to care for humans anymore and that many owners opt to only keep one Amazon or keep them separated for that reason. The owner of the parrots has expressed she'd rather keep them together, even if they do not really care for anyone in the house. But of course we are both trying to find ways tone down their aggressiveness.

Like I said, I am not the owner or the person who makes decisions for the parrots. But I am an animal lover so I really want to help. Plus I live in the same house and am in charge of feeding them (I took on the task when it was just one of them and he was OK with me doing that).

Is there any hope for keeping them together but getting to the point where we can do the basic things (change bowls/ adjust their toys/move them to a different room) without them attacking? I am willing to work on training, but haven't found resources on the best way to go about it when working with a couple.
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