CAG - Congo African Grey
TAG - Timneh African Grey
It is a very worthwhile idea to read up on the subject of CAGs and TAGs
from the many published books, magazines and research articles that are
available. It really is as difficult to 'erase' thousands of years of
survival instincts from African Grey parrots as it is to erase the
human 'survival' instincts of fear of falling, and fear of loud noises.
As intelligent as we are, we still cannot get over those, either.
It is important to understand the behavior of a parrot while looking at
the world immediate around it and its 'captured' situation - from its
point of view - and what it perceives is happening to it or about to
I would suggest that any parrot would 'get over' his scratching in a
cage 'after a few weeks' because after a while the parrot was smart
enough and intelligent enough to realize that no matter how hard it
tried it was never going to escape that way. It just gave up on its
only perceived method of escape. But the parrot was trying to tell you
something. After all, from its point of view it was trapped, and it
Sometimes as a creature 'gives up' on one behavior it will be
diminished in spirit; other times it will find another behavior to
replace that one, and it may not be a desireable one, either.
The African Grey parrots do use their feet to push away, and do use
their beaks to 'make-way' when in that type of situation. After all,
they don't have hands or arms to prod objects out of the way - so they
have to push ahead while moving objects out of the way with their
beaks, and while propelling themselves with their feet. They use what
nature gave them.
Is this making sense at all?
Since African Greys will sometimes live 50-70 years [and outlive their
'bonded' human flock member(s)], it is a very worthwhile and enviable
situation that they do not depend on just one person for their all
their 'protection' in every situation. They still need instincts to
survive. Those instincts can save these loved ones from being hurt.
I still do believe it is important to understand the nature of 'wild'
creatures, and their natural survival instincts - and behaviors. That
is one way that we can truly help to learn and understand how to
respond to them the best we can, and ensure their happiness and
Natural instincts are important to these adorable companions - as they
should be to us, as well, and our undersanding the most we can about
them and their instincts toward survival.
While trust is admirable, so is compassion and understanding.
For example: While moving from one room to another, with your
companion parrot sitting on your arm or shoulder, a human companion
unavoidably kicks something with their foot and almost trips - either
righting themself, or falling against the wall or down to the floor.
The normal sudden noise from the floor below - caused by the 'kicked'
object - along with the sudden movements, would immediatel and
instictively 'disturb' the parrot and cause it to fly to a perceived
area of safety. An instinctive behavior! A learned, and programmed
behavior; a perceived danger from a 'predator' situation coming from
Better than being crushed against a wall or into the floor by the human
I would not want any parrot to rely soley on its human companion for
trust and safety in that, or in any similar situation. Any creature we
care for must retain its own survival instincts and imprints. And we
are the ones who have to learn them, understand them and nurture them
as we learn to live with our companion parrots in the environment we
impose on them.
(- I don't even want to approach the subject of *threatening* a parrot
with a newspaper.-)
All I can hope for is that we all take the time to understand the
personalities and the 'body language' and behaviors that these
beautiful and intelligent parrots enliven our lives with so that we can
share their life with them.
It is difficult to erase
> I was told that scratching in the cage at a young age was normal
> "acg" stuff
> and will go away. It did after a few weeks. They usually find a corner
> the cage and stick their beak there and scratch away with the feet.
> ACGs hate to poop in their cage. It is best to have a flat top cage
> that has
> a metal drawer on top that can be removed for cleaning and therefore
> poop does not drop into cage. He can also use this as his outside play
> My acg has a morning routine.
> He wakes me up with a short screech
> I open cage and he climbs to top and always goes to the same spot for
> "big" poop
> We play for and about every 20 minutes he says "Lamont
> I take him to another poop area for his smaller poops and all is fine.
> All birds wipe beaks
> Do not worry about "natural instinct" and scaring birds ...
> the more they
> trust you and socialize with others the less they will worry about
> "PREDATORS". The key is that they will trust you for total
> Discipline the bird when needed with a newspaper .. it also works on
> and kids. They are not stupid and know when it is their fault. They
> get the
> message quick enough that all you have to do is mention
> "newspaper" ... so
> much for Dr. Spock.
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