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serena1487

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I have a male alexandrine parrot who is at least a year old. I found a question that is similar to mine here, but I couldn't see the video that was posted so I wanted to make sure. I just got him yesterday and he was nervous at first, but he seems to be fine now, as he is calmly preening his feather. But strangely, he keeps walking on his perch and tilt his head in a somewhat circular motion near the corner of the cage. Is he simply trying to sharpen his beak or is he still nervous?
 

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Hi and welcome to the forum.
I will put my reply about behaviour on your other post so this can be where forum members can greet you
 

serena1487

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Hi and welcome to the forum.
I will put my reply about behaviour on your other post so this can be where forum members can greet you
Thank you for your reply! So I let him out, but he doesn't want to leave the cage, and he keeps dancing his weird dance. He moves around the cage a lot, and he seems to be fine, but I'm still worried.
 
He needs to build up trust too. He's in a new environment and will need to be confident with his surroundings. A learning curve for you both. Be aware that he may or may not become a cuddly bird, that's his choice to make. As long as you allow him time to adjust and give him the opportunity to come out of his cage, even if some days he doesn't seem to want to. Best of luck.
 

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Welcome!! You just got your bird, so it will take time to develop trust, so he could be under some stress which may explain this behavior, but I can't really imagine what your bird is doing, would you mind putting a link to the video your talking about?:)
 

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It's not working for me because my YouTube won't play right now, I'll have to wait a bit then I'll watch it after my YouTube gets fixed;) that will be in just a couple days
 

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That’s fine if he won’t leave his cage - don’t force him. He’ll explore when he’s ready. Just keep leaving the cage door open so he has the choice. Think about what he can land on or where he can go if he decides to come out. You might want to fix a perch, or even a windy rope perch that leads to the top of the cage, on the outside of the cage near the door to make it more inviting.

The repetitive behaviour might be as a result from being kept in a too small a cage before coming to you (like those pacing bears in a zoo)? Or might be nervousness? Will be interested to see the video when you can. 😊
 

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I thought it's because of small space at first too. But I think it's more like his attitude? We would leave him in the balcony sometimes because he like watching all the other birds outside. But sometimes, he seems to prefer staying inside rather than staying outside. He would stop his little dance at those time and I can see that he's quite upset because he would bite if someone touches his cage-he doesn't do that inside. When we moved his inside, he would immediately start dancing and when we touch his cage, he wouldn't bite anymore.
 

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Many birds will pace up and down the perch and swing the head around in all directions and this can be through them being board and entertaining them selves, the problem in discovering different bird behaviour's in your case is not much is known of its past. being outside and your bird goes to bite you or not do his dance but inside your home he dose not bite and dances can also be for the opposite reasons than you think. he may be content in seeing all what is going on while being out and watching the world go by, when you go to move him he may not want to go inside and he may be protesting by using his beak. Birds do have there own ways of expressing them selves but being a new owner you may not notice other signs in its body language. You may be correct in your thoughts as I said we do not know your birds past and he may of at one time flown free and had a bad experience. this may be why he likes to be in his cage, it is still very early days and your bird will still be settling in to all what is new around him.
 

serena1487

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Many birds will pace up and down the perch and swing the head around in all directions and this can be through them being board and entertaining them selves, the problem in discovering different bird behaviour's in your case is not much is known of its past. being outside and your bird goes to bite you or not do his dance but inside your home he dose not bite and dances can also be for the opposite reasons than you think. he may be content in seeing all what is going on while being out and watching the world go by, when you go to move him he may not want to go inside and he may be protesting by using his beak. Birds do have there own ways of expressing them selves but being a new owner you may not notice other signs in its body language. You may be correct in your thoughts as I said we do not know your birds past and he may of at one time flown free and had a bad experience. this may be why he likes to be in his cage, it is still very early days and your bird will still be settling in to all what is new around him.
I let him out of the cage yesterday. And he did go around. But unfortunately, I found out that he can't fly, probably because of the incident with the crows as I have mentioned above. He was reluctant to go back into the cage (I assume every bird is), but he was quite satisfied after he get back into the cage, maybe because we just coax him with food instead of forcing him. Anyways, I do have plans to let him out frequently, even it takes time and energy to coax him to go back into the cage. I hope he'll be able to fly soon, as he was meant to be.
 
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