PBird Blue Front Amazon parrot bite and flaring hormonal behavior…. look and beware

This video was taken in late February I believe. He bit my wrist really bad and it bruised the bone and has now left what will likely be a life long scar. He bit my upper arm last week and today he bit my eyeball and I had to rush to the hospital. I am learning how to read Amazon behavior and this video shows him agitated. I am guessing these uprovoked attacks that occur with a bird that is normally loving must be hormone related, even though it is thought that this bird is getting on in years (30 year old maybe?) – Please read your parrots body language and remember that even though we want to trust our pets, birds are not really domesticated and can’t be expected to be like dogs!

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  1. I have a double-yellow amazon, 5 yrs old, male that I got when he was 1 yr old.  My friend has this blue-fronted amazon, 3 yrs old, male, that she got when he was weeks old.  The BFA is very, very aggressive and has always been.  He constantly bites my friend, whereas mine only bit me once in 4 yrs — out of excitement from music playing.  The BFA has bitten me HARD several times on the arm (almost every time I see him), and even tries to bite my feet when he's on the floor.  Yesterday it bit a friend of hers on the FACE.  He stepped up to her arm just fine and made his way up to her shoulder and took a nice bit at her lower jaw.  Everyone is petrified of this bird.  What is his problem?? Why does he always bite everyone?  
    My parrot NEVER bites ANYONE at ALL, and he'll step up to ANYONE and be super gentle with kids.  I've always taught him – from Day 1 — to not bite and if he did bite lightly (to the point it hurt a tad) I'd scold him and hold his beak and tell him very firmly "NO BITE!"
    The BFA is NOT hormonal right now; that's not why he is biting.  Any advice, anyone?  I don't like when my DYH parrot sees the BFA bc then my parrot and acts aggressive like the BFA every time after seeing him and it really annoys me.  It's like I have to retrain him back to be NICE again…. frustrating!

  2. Amazon bite like a snake u cant see it .. speed of light 

  3. I feel for you.  Notice you can also see how rapidly he's pinning his eyes.  That's usually about the only warning, if any, mine gives me before he bites.  He often fans his tail as an afterthought.  Do not put this bird on your shoulder.  I think this is something of a behavioral issue that becomes uncontrollable due to hormones he is experiencing, but am unsure.  Mine is often friendly.  If anyone has good behavioral advice I'd appreciate it. I have had many such bites.

  4. those tend to bite alot. i trained my conure to not bite as hard as he normally would.

  5. I saw one of these over the weekend and trust me the bites hurt he bit me twice at a pet store ( birds had no cages) but he only pecked the one that really hurt was the pineapple conure it bit me then didnt let go, it accually drew blood.

  6. @bekindplease – thank you for sharing and encouraging people to learn to read body language!

    however, i have to take issue with 'domestication' being the problem. dogs are domesticated, yet…

    "There is a dog bite epidemic in the US" "In a 10-yr period…the number of bites increased by 37%…almost 5 million people bitten by dogs every yr in the US…Nearly 400,000 of those people are seriously injured."

    Sources: dogbites org, "Dog Bites Usually Costly for Owners" Tribune-Review May, 2012.

  7. Here is an article-all top trainers: S.G. Friedman, PhD, Bobbi Brinker, with input from Martha Hatch Balph, Ph.D., and Steve Martin..

    The Struggle for Dominance: Fact or Fiction? May/June 2001
    "Strangely, this interpretation of the dominance construct persists? in spite of the lack of corroborating evidence from ornithologists, field biologists and wild bird behaviorists who are studying wild parrots. Apparently, in their natural habitat there are no alpha parrots or straight-line hierarchies."

  8. given your 30 yrs, i gather you were taught the old method of training by using force. just like too much force on kids (i hope you agree there), we shouldn't use force on animals. yes, it works, but so do chains and whips–but those don't make for happy creatures.

    the idea that you have to 'dominate' a bird or become the 'alpha bird' has been proven wrong. that method was for dogs, but modern training has changed because they found that isn't even good for dogs. use positive reinforcement.

  9. Can anyone help me? My parrot bites till bleeding, see video:

    Please help with agressive parrot biting problem

    On my channel you can also find it.

  10. It's an ABSOLUTE must read for every parrot owner out there that is struggling to have a better relationship with there bird/s.

  11. This shows dominance over you. And again only "reinforces" this negative behavior. I'm not sure what your experience level is dealing with mid-large sized birds. However, as a friendly suggestion i recommend you purchasing the book. "Guide to a well-behaved parrot" by Mattie Sue Athan. She is excellent in terms of her vast experience. And quite honestly i feel she's the leading authority on parrot behavior no question about it.

  12. A peace of advice for you on dealing with your bird. First and foremost, you MUST NOT let your bird have the "upper hand". By not touching him/her your reinforcing your fear and TRUST issues that he/she can very easily pick up on. Also, your bird should be at "eye level" with you at ALL times and completely be off your shoulder. By doing this your stating your "alpha position" to him/her. Birds no matter what there species is love being at the highest point that's accessible to them.

  13. This is exactly the reason these birds are often re-homed either do to aggression or loud non-stop vocalizations. And then usually when there finally re-homed again "big bird experience" is the ONLY way they will get placed into another home. I always tell people do your homework before hand because this is NOT an impulsive decision one should make. Particularly when these birds can often live 50yrs or more. It's a lifetime commitment on a daily basis of dealing with a 5yr old "feathered child".

  14. Amazon's are noted for being HIGHLY aggressive as they mature and hormones get the better of them. I simply cannot recommend them to a "novice" aviculturist because of the experience they require in living long well-adjusted lives. The same can be said for Cockatoos and most other mid-large sized parrots.

  15. And then repeat the process over and over again. Until your bird understands that negative behavior will result in a form of punishment it can understand. Believe me this can work wonders. I have 30yrs experience dealing with both wild & exotic domestic avian species. And i have owned parrots my entire life. Being able to read there "body language is key here. If you see your bird pinning its eyes or its neck feathers ruffled your bird is giving you ample warning by saying stay away or get bite

  16. I fully believe this video is A MUST see for everyone out there dealing with hormonal or territorial aggression in there parrots. These types of behaviors are NOT to be taken lightly by any means. Because if there reacted to it will only "reinforce" your bird to continue this unwanted behavior. A firm NO is usually in order for this type of behavior as is a "time out" as i call it. Which means covering your bird for a bit until it is calmed down.

  17. When their head feathers are flared, they like a nice pat on the head, but nowhere else. Large parrots don;t like to be pet under the wings especially and sometimes not over the wings at all. Give them a treat. a peanut is good and while they hold it in one foot, pat their head and talk, conversationally. That is a good start. But walk away if they don;t react to being offered a treat. It's a slow process. and good vid to show THOSE BEAKS ARE SHARP!

  18. When they're all fluffy is my favorite time to pet my parrots! They get along with me so great that the only time I worry about getting bitten badly is if a family member that they dislike is around.

  19. I also have a blue front the best way to not get bit is watch his body if his eyes are pinned and his tail feathers are flaired then the chances are he's going to bite i have a long while before my amazon hits maturaty with him been only 20 weeks old tomorrow the bite he gave you in the video could have been a lot worse than it was and i hope by now you have learned how to read his body the good thing about amazons is they let you know when they are going to bite you lol.

  20. The parrot is flaring to show off. My bird does that all the time. Sometimes they don't want to be bothered, so just leave it alone.

  21. yes good idea to not touch him if you are not sure. I have a booda perch and a see thru cake pan lid with handles to handle JB when he's in super aggressive mode. I don't handle him unless i have to with this gear but it allows me to be in charge at any time and not get bitten. After a couple years i think you will understand him very well. The signs can be so small but you will learn them. Sorry you got bit!

  22. Sorry you got bit … big bird bites are very painful and can do serious damage. It's not an easy feat, reading bird body language, and I don't envy you having to read an Amazon. Stay strong, you obviously love your birds and take great care of them. Those hormones get the best of all of us at times! lol