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Parrot behaviour problems

We provide support with parrot behaviour problems and training

Pet parrots are susceptible to a wide range of behaviour problems, from aggression to household members and/or each other, to anxiety, excessive vocalisation, self-mutilation and boredom. Parrot behaviour problems can be a serious concern for their caregivers. Depending on the particular species, this can be due to a range of factors. Psitaccines are very sociable and intelligent creatures, so problems such as feather-plucking may arise from either an environment lacking in stimulation and companionship, or even a far too busy environment.

Second Nature Behaviour can offer expert advice on how to resolve such issues through a full avian behaviour consultation virtually worldwide or by visiting your home if you live within the Midlands in the UK.  Dr. Zoe Demery has published and lectured parrot behaviour and learning around the world. She is currently the only independently accredited Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) in parrots and she is a Certified Parrot Behaviour Consultant with the IAABC.  Zoe has also been recognised as an Allied Professional Member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians.  She only utilises positive, reward-based solutions, based on what is known about the ecological background of your particular parrot species. This ethological approach keeps the cognitive well-being of your bird in mind at all times. If you would like more information, please contact us and ask your avian vet for a referral.

Depending on the issue, you may instead be able to join us at one of our monthly regional or virtual behavioural clinics.  It often helps just chat things through with us face-to-face. Alternatively for our international clients, we offer dedicated online video consultations.

Common parrot behaviour problems we can support with

Feather destruction



Excessive vocalisation

Fears and phobias

General reward-based training

Meet our parrot behaviourist

Zoe Demery

Zoe Demery

Senior Behaviourist

Zoe is a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) in dogs, cats and parrots, independently accredited by CCAB Certification (formally the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour Accreditation Committee). Zoe is proud to be a Certificated Member of the Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians and supports the FAB Clinicians Board of Directors.  She is a registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) in the UK and a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society.  Zoe loves to help animals from around the globe – she is a Certified Animal Behaviour Consultant (CABC, certified to work with parrots, cats and dogs) with the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC).  She is moreover very happy to be recognised as an Allied Professional Member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians.

Find out more about Zoe here.

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