I am back from town with my new African Gray Parrot. The guy (or girl) is huge, and frightened out of his bird-mind by the change in environment. I put him in his new 1mx1mx2m cage, compared to his previous quarters, a palace.
The book says to leave him alone for a couple of days, so that is what I am doing.
(I hear he is making little noises to himself. Perhaps he is starting to relax.)
Good idea to let him chill for a while, but remember that with a bird this smart, they can have WILDLY divergent personalities. I have a very self-confident, unflappable Timneh grey who digs heavy metal. The bird is laid-back, but cool, with a core of inner rage that for some reason he expresses by sneaking close to people and kissing them. The Timneh loves large parties, and will peacefully stand on the hands of strangers, as long as there is no country music. He will bite anyone if you play country music. If we want peace in the house my husband must pick the Timneh up a couple times a day, hold the bird under his arm and scrub the bird’s head with his chin. The bird does not care at all if we change his toys, the furniture, or move the entire household. He can speak, but rarely does. He appears to prefer to communicate in mime, with occasional whistles. Sort of like a young Marlon Brando, as played by Harpo Marx.
The Congo is more like the bird books- he is timid, panics, and if he lands on the floor, he waddles towards you crying “gimme kiss gimme a kiss kisskiss” in the hope of getting picked up and comforted. He is a huge goof and is not allowed to eat carrots cut like discs because he will try to wedge the entire thing in his mouth sideways. We have also seen him beat himself in the head with an apple slice. He fears new toys. The Congo prefers men to women. He is a non-biting bird for us,but the Congo lost his last home because he is reported to have repeatedly gotten out of his cage, growled like a demon, and then chased his old owner (and the family dogs) from room to room.
Thats the really neat thing about these birds. They are full of personality, once they get to know you.
I just spent a half-hour or so, beside the cage reading a book, letting the beast see me close-up. Still a lot of stiff feathers around the neck. But he seems to be calming down. At first he would not leave the top of his old cage.
Now he is walking up and down the walls of his new mansion. He seems to like the sound the wire makes when he walks. He also seems to like the clicks my joints make for his amusement. Finger click and claps are also big hits.