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    Sassy my cockatiel has begun to sing, or at least I thought she was. During her singing session as I call it, she will occassionally stop and attack the bars of the cage, she shows signs of being really angry. Some times she screams as though in pain. At first I thought she had a foot caught or something, when I go to her aid I find her viciously attacking her toys. Could anyone please explain what this behaviour might be.

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    Re: So angry

    Is it dark? Give us more details on Sassy like age, etc. I suppose it could be hormones?
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    Re: So angry

    Hi Brandon, Sassy looks quite young, She is a rescue bird, so I don't know her right age. The room she is in is light, the sun shines through the windows. I always draw one side of the curtains when the sun comes round onto her cage, just to shade her as it can get hot sometimes. She gets put to bed at around 9pm - 8am, so she sleeps well. She is always cheerful first thing in the morning. The angry session normally starts around 1pm -2pm. I love to hear her sing, but I hate the anger. I don't understand it. She also hold her head down just before she has the angry attack

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    Re: So angry

    How odd. My best guess is hormones. Any other signs that could give them away?
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    Re: So angry

    your behaviour description reminds me of my male when his hormones were going crazy and he was starting to mate with my female, just a thought.

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    Re: So angry

    Oh, my goodness. I was told that sassy was a female. Apart from the behaviour how can i tell if she is male or not?

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    Re: So angry

    What mutation is Sassy? Some mutations can be visually sexed, others would require dna testing.

    One of my boys takes great exception to bells. They really get him worked up so i removed the bells and haven't had issues since. Maybe you could remove the toy in question?

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    Re: So angry

    here is a picture of Sassy...She/he is of the cinnamon mutation. From what i have read it may be possible that she is male

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    Re: So angry

    Her toe nails are dark, so she is over a year old, and the underside of her tail feathers are stripped. Yes, she is most likely a female.

    It is difficult to tell with a rescue. You don't know their history or whether they were inbreed or not.

    There is something bothering her though. Sorry, not much help.

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    Re: So angry

    Thank you Tina, You say that something is bothering her, I think it could be because she had been in our home with us for a little unde 2 weeks when that picture was taken. She was still very unsure about us........mind you, we have had her about 8 weeks now, and she still seems reasonably wary of us still.

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    Re: So angry

    My females can get very moody and will take it out on their toys. if this happens at the same time everyday I would say this maybe your birdies nap time....just like a child when my birds get tired they get moody and fussy. I have noticed at bedtime mine will hiss and fuss with toys ,each other and even at me till i cover them up....then the fussing stops.

    Or it could be that she doesn't care for all the toys in her way....she is a tiel after all

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    Re: So angry

    Joey does this too! he's happy and chipper in the morning, then later he get very angry with his toys. he will intentionally walk over to a toy and attack, if i don't intervene he will continue for long periods of time, the longest i waited for him to stop was 15 minutes. Joey is deff a boy, he is a rescue bird as well. the way i deal with this, is constantly rotating his toys, every few days exchanging them out for different ones. this seems to help.

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    Re: So angry

    hi, our Tom has an angry attack at around 7pm. He bangs his head on the perches, bites his foot, attacks Pete and squeeks
    We put him to bed!
    He really hates going to bed, but our conclusion is he is tired, and in the morning he is back to be being funny and singing..... so for our bird it is tiredness, like a toddler!

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    Re: So angry

    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy P View Post
    hi, our Tom has an angry attack at around 7pm. He bangs his head on the perches, bites his foot, attacks Pete and squeeks
    We put him to bed!
    He really hates going to bed, but our conclusion is he is tired, and in the morning he is back to be being funny and singing..... so for our bird it is tiredness, like a toddler!
    When birds are angry at someone but don't/can't fight back they may displace their aggression by attacking something else, like grass, etc. For example, in the middle of a quarrel between two gulls one may tear at the grass instead. Bella will sometimes attack her toys if I make her do something she doesn't like, but I figure it's better than my fingers being mauled. Also, she doesn't always go into her cage at bedtime so she gets cranky and attacks her toys.

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    Normal?? Re: So angry

    Hey, this is EXACTLY what my tiel is doing!!!!
    He/she is sitting on top of the playground on top of the cage,
    sings, then screams at the top of the voice, bangs the head against
    the perch and the bell and disassembles the swing.
    Then sings again.
    It is always around midday, and it can last for 2 hours.
    The screaming is VERY loud, even with me having earplugs in.

    But we are making progress in learning bird voices,
    so I got a few nice immitations of saddleback, tui and blackbirds.
    Blackbid song is the favorite of my tiel and he/she sings on top og his/her
    voice.

    IS THIS NORMAL???????
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