What is the Most Aggressive Parrot Species?

What is the Most Aggressive Parrot Species?

Last Updated on by Catherine Tobsing

Another mind-bending question from quora.

Why is this question so disturbing?

Parrots are prey animals ~ Cats and dogs (as an example) are predatory animals

 I see someone in the back of the room with their hand waving wildly.

I responded, “Yes,  Martha” 

 Clearly, I touched a nerve in Martha’s mind because she blurted out “my Mealy Amazon parrot is always attacking me,  I’ve never seen such an aggressive bird.”

“I get that a lot,” a canned reply of mine.

So what’s the deal here?

Let’s lay out the difference between aggressive birds and (non-aggressive) parrots beginning with:

Birds of prey can be hired to clean neighborhoods of rodents

Cormorants will hunt quotas of fish daily

In the wild, predatory(aggressive) birds spend 100% of their time seeking food hunting, parrots on the other hand spend 60% of their time seeking food (foraging), and 40% of their time trying not to be food.

I’ve checked Craigslist twice and no attack parrots are available for hire

 It sounds like Martha’s Amazon is really an aggressive bird but it’s now here where we step back and look at the entire psittacine taxonomy

The internet claims the number of parrot species from 350 up so we counted

We Answer How Many species of Parrots are There ~ with our own list.

If your parrot is biting you they are

  • Defending their territory
  • Defending their property
  • Defending their mate or offsprings


 You’re a dumbass (me) and just did something to piss off the bird.

 Allow me to give you a real-world example

How we got here is another story in itself but we now have 11 Birds in our living area housed in 4  cages ~ upstairs.

Ringneck Quaker and cockatiel have their own cage and the eight budgies have their happy little flock in a good-sized aviary.

Room with 4 birdcages housing from left-to-right African ringneck ~ Quaker - 8 budgies - grey cockatiel

Are with 4 birdcages housing from left-to-right African ringneck ~ Quaker – 8 budgies – grey cockatiel

On weekdays around 10 in the morning, Keto (the Ringneck)  in Chili ( the Quaker)  migrate to the downstairs office where they help with customer service (image below).

Ringneck in cage on left on office counter quaker in cage on right

Ringneck in cage on left on office counter quaker in cage on right ~ note consistant birdcage lighting principle followed

The other day while installing them in their work cages the Quaker was on my left shoulder and I offered the Ringneck who’s a biter,  a peanut that he usually takes with no issue.

That morning,  he ignored the peanut and bit my middle finger (appropriately enough).

“He was jealous of Chili on your shoulder”  was Catherine’s observation

And So It Goes.

 Let’s do an experiment.

I want you to think back in your mind’s eye the last time your bird bit you and write down the trigger.

Now you have your first step in your “how do I stop my bird from biting me, instruction set.

My bird bit me because_______________________ (fill in the blank)

Next, If you haven’t already,  introduce your parrot clicker training which is the clearest path to reducing your bird’s biting.

Building trust with your bird through clicker training ~ Video

On the flip side are aggressive birds, for example,

  • Falcons
  • Hawks
  • Eagles
  • Kites

360° Red Kite Bird Feeding Frenzy 4k _ BBC Earth Unplugged

Once you remove the hood all these birds of prey want to find food – aka HUNT.

summer of 2014 mitchr & tommy 2-1/2 year old perigrine falcon

Walking the walk

In conclusion, Knowing your pet bird’s (or any pet’s) “instinctual expectations” is key to your ability for controlling the relationship.

Mitch Rezman

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  1. It would help parrot people if they would try to look at the world as a parrot. You are pretty small next to humans, dependent on them for food, locked up a lot, and genetically geared to worry about attack. Remember, in the wild, they are always the prey and never the predator. Even smiling too closely to a parrot that doesn’t trust you is just showing them a whole lot of teeth. Everything in cohabiting with parrots starts with trust because they are in a very vulnerable position. Once you can actually build trust with your parrot, then you will begin to see things you do that could be triggers. After that, if you are still getting a lot of bites, you just aren’t paying enough attention to what they are telling you. That said, some rehomed parrots come in with a lot of trust issues, which is why you have to have patience to successfully live with a parrot.

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