Yellow-nape Amazon Overload

by Sally Blanchard

    Overload is excited and often seemingly aggressive behavior resulting when a parrot becomes overstimulated. In some situations, an over-excited parrot can become aggressive. Many years ago, I had clients with a yellow-naped Amazon. They loved to play 'keep-away' with him by rolling a ball back and forth on the floor. He would chase the ball back and forth as they rolled it. Sometimes he would catch it and then bring the ball to one of them. After playing this game for a while, he would go into overload and instead of grabbing the ball, he grabbed and bit one of their hands. They had stopped playing the game. I told them that they could keep playing the game but they had to watch him carefully for the signs of overload, which included eye pinning and focusing on their hands more than the rolling ball.




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