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Old 06-17-2019, 07:40 PM
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Re: Obtained a mate for Amazon parrot, now both are aggressive

Well, this is pretty common (yet it is often overlooked by people trying to do their single bird a "favor"). You should get them DNA sexed (first of all) as females face a variety of health concerns when hormonal (which yours clearly are)--egg-binding and prolapse are 2 big ones....potential babies are another (and babies get SUPER complicated SUPER fast---not as easy as it looks in nature AT ALL). I am not a fan of larger birds sharing cages unless you are wanting them to mate (which I promise you, you are not). That having been said, even 2 birds of the same sex can be triggered hormonally by the other bird and start showing hormonal behavior problems or (if female) both laying eggs). That having been said, a female can be hormonal without laying an egg---laying an egg is just like the ultimate consequence (aside from behavior). Hormonal birds will defend their mate from perceived threats and they can get jealous. They tend to be more vocal and aggressive and they can even start to self-mutilate in some cases.

You probably will have to separate them into different cages if you want this to stop, but it won't be a quick fix....The bond has been established, so it will probably upset them, but it is unlikely that anything will change unless changes are made.

Also, remove any shadowy spaces from the cage-- no snuggle huts, tents, boxes, bedding etc. When out of the cage, prevent access to under furniture, blankets, in clothing, pillows, low shelves etc (anything with a low overhang). These shadowy spaces trigger nesting behaviors and hormones (which can cause behavioral problems in a single bird, let alone a pair).
Do they get any time out of their cage? Birds who are cage-bound can get super territorial (as can hormonal birds) but if they are hormonal and cage-bound that is like the perfect storm.
If you or anyone else is ever able to pet them, stick to the head and neck only. Anything else is going to be sexual to them (even if it doesn't seem that way).

Birds very commonly bond to other birds and then the human can become the "third wheel"-- this is one reason never to get a bird for your bird if you are worried about preserving your bond with the one you have.

Here is a thread about a similar issue (sort of)----EllenD has a fairly thorough summary at the end. The birds in question that the thread references are unable to reproduce, but they are behaving as though they are mates...The hormonal and health impact is their biggest issue, but in addition to that, you are also looking at the potential for offspring (which, again, can turn bloody and complicated fast)...So just keep that in mind as you read the replies to the post:
Quick question on mating...

One more thing, the "female" doesn't know you yet, so she is obviously going to bond with the most natural/familiar thing. You haven't had time to build trust and you gave her a better alternative (aka her own species)...One who is clearly interested at that!
***If she ever does lay eggs, DO NOT just yank them out of the cage. There is a whole elaborate process for what to do (depending on your desired outcome)....some of it is kind of sad, so I will spare you the details for now, but just know that pulling them out without replacing them (with dead eggs) is a bad idea. It will just trigger more laying.

Last edited by noodles123; 06-17-2019 at 07:56 PM.
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