Thanks Mark. I know how you really feel about severs and it means a lot to me to see your comments softened about the bird.ANY macaw, ANY amazon, ANY pair bond bird CAN develop these tendencies if not properly socialized.
Here's the thing. It's not that Severe's are bad birds, it's that they tend (like the amazon crush thing) to crush hard on one person... they tend to be very devoted birds.
PROBLEM IS people don't socialize them enough.
It's the same sort of problem you get when an amazon is cage bound. They become territorial, and bitey.
If these birds are not socialized enough, they only get handled by one person, and then that's it... Not you. Him.
IF THEY LEARN FROM A YOUNG AGE THAT IT'S NOT ACCEPTABLE TO PICK AND CHOOSE - WITH THEIR BEAK - WHO THEY WILL AT LEAST BE POLITE TOO - THEN IT DOESN'T HAPPEN!!!
IT'S A TENDENCY. BUT IT'S ALSO A TRAIN THE HUMANS PROBLEM.
With Macaws and amazons the mantra is always:
Socialize, socialize, and socialize... With a severe - you add these !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THERE'S NO "WHISPERING" INVOLVED FOLKS. BIRDS THAT ARE USED TO BEING HANDLED BY PEOPLE, GO TO PEOPLE. BIRDS THAT ARE USED TO BEING HANDLED BY JUST ONE PERSON, OFTEN BITE THOSE THAT ARE NOT THAT PERSON...
Fact of the matter is, most people don't. Then these birds become problems.