That's perfectly normal parrot behavior. My QP Ralph gets friendly with his rope perch and with the arm of the sofa. Getting a mate for your QP isn't really necessary and could present problems, including possible loss of the bond you have with your parrot. Only consider that if it's something you really want to do.
Hi Mimisue, welcome. That's good advice cnyguy has given you. I, too, think that getting another parrot would not really be a good idea, just on the off-chance it could alter that behaviour (which is absolutely normal for these little ones, regardless of whether they're male or female).
Post by mangrovecuckoo on May 16, 2020 16:11:25 GMT -5
Well, Noodge is at it again.
It's spring and since my last post above, he has had a hard time every spring. I now realize it is hormonal behavior and I have learned to ignore his flare ups. He not only gets horny, but he would also occasionally defend his perch with a flying attack and nip if I don't defend myself.
He gets over it eventually, then all is well.
However, this year he has taken it to a new level. I keep a small amount of seeds in a clear plastic bottle that is a lot like a pill bottle. He learned a while ago that he can knock it to the floor and throw it around, which I think is funny and probably good exercise for him.
Unfortunately, he not only has realized it is the perfect size for him to, um, show his affection, but he seems to have become attached to it as if it is his mate.
He now defends it. If I approach it or attempt to pick it up, he will land between it and me, and if I don't back down he will attack.
I guess the pill bottle will have to disappear when the lights are out?
These birds are absolutely crazy... and hilarious!
So far as I know, there aren't any Quaker parrot blow-up dolls. I suppose you have a choice of either stealthily removing temptation by taking the little bottle away, or you could just let nature take its course-- and not try to handle the bottle until hormones have ceased to rage.