Causes of Behaviour Problems
Many of these species are prey animals, so are predisposed to respond
fearfully to new situations by
attempting to flee and hide, and if restrained are likely to use
whatever weapons they have at their disposal in order to escape.
Fear aggression may become a learned response that the animal or
bird uses before the "threat" has even approached.
Behaviour problems often arise when an animal is required to make
significant compromises in its natural behaviour in order to live
alongside us. Even dogs and cats, with thousands of years of
domestication behind them, have to adjust their behaviour to fit
into our lives, so those species which have only recently been
domesticated, or are only partially domesticated, are faced with all
sorts of stress-inducing challenges when we bring them into our homes.
Due to their high intelligence, parrots are particularly prone to behaviour problems; while this makes
them easy to train, it makes them demanding pets - they are easily
bored and pick up bad habits very quickly. Because of the way they
bond with other birds in the wild, parrots can also sometimes be confused
about the relationship with their owner, giving rise to
over-attachment and associated behaviour problems.