I brought my beautiful red lored amazon Peppers home on Saturday!!!! He is an amazing bird! Here are some pics for you guys.
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4/28/08 at 5:30am
Wow.... soooo pretty!!!
Is this your first large Parrot?? and how are the Cats with him so far?
Does he whistle or make and interesting sounds?
He's a handsome guy!
Now for the sermon
I'm not sure if you know, but larger parrots, especially amazons and macaws, tend to try to dominate you if they are positioned above you. (IE: Above your eyes).
Having a bird on your shoulder puts them in the dominant position and they may become dangerous if they start to see you as a subordinate.
You can off-set this to some degree by dilligently practicing "step-up" and "step-down" commands, every single day, re-enforcing the idea that you are the one in control, not him.
Not much different than re-enforcing obedience training with a dog.
The up side with tiels though is that they are incapable of hard bites.