My Parrot Is Mad At Me

Birds are lovely creatures, and there’s no denying that they make fantastic pets.

But, birds by nature are cautious, timid, and discreet.

They have to be, particularly when you talk about birds of prey.

The only time you will see real aggression in a bird-like parrot is when it has suffered from a traumatic experience or is in fear of its life.

Now, if you feel that your parrot is mad at you, there could be several scenarios that could be causing your beloved pet to be upset.

Either you’ve done something to ruffle its feathers(proverbially speaking), or it’s a new pet, and your pet has yet to feel comfortable in its new home.

Also, sometimes animal lovers adopt pets, including birds that have been in distressing situations, so these creatures are naturally on their defensive and exhibiting a lot of hostility.

Whatever may be the cause, you have to realize that you will have to be the patient one as a pet parent and allow your winged friend the time and space to cool down.

Let’s discuss this topic further so that you can get a clear idea about how to handle your feathered friend when it is showing excessive hostility.

Why Is My Bird So Mad At Me?

As mentioned earlier, there are many situations where you might find that your bird is angry at you.

It helps to understand that most birds aren’t hostile by nature.

Parrots are one of the friendliest birds created by Nature.

Perhaps, that is one of the reasons why avian lovers across the globe love to keep parrots as pets. 

However, if a bird is mad at you, you need to investigate the reason behind the problem.

Here are some of the causes when your birdie might lose its cool:


  • Hunger Or Thirst – If you’ve neglected to feed or provide clean water for your parrot, it has every reason to be mad at you
  • Illness Or Injury – If your parrot has been hurt by another pet, you’ve hurt your bird through mishandling, or it is suffering from an ailment that doesn’t have apparent physical symptoms, your bird will show belligerence.
  • Separation Anxiety – If you have been lately ignoring your bird and not spending any quality time with it, your bird will invariably show its anger.
  • New Environment – When you bring in a new pet, you will have to allow the bird some time before you can take it in your hand, and the more you force your presence upon your parrot, the angrier it will become.
  • Traumatized Bird – When you’ve brought home a rescue, you will have to be very careful about how you approach the bird that has been through extreme stress.

How Do You Know When A Parrot Is Angry?

Like most other animals, birds or parrots, in this case, have peculiar antics and ways to show that they are angry.

So, there are a few things to look out for when you can sense your birdie is mad at you:

  • Color – An irritated bird will flash color in a prominent way. The color is a noticeable red, yellow, orange, or white in most cases. It could involve flickering the wings, moving the crest, wiggling its tail, or fluffing its crown. 
  • Posture – Most angry birds stretch up as tall as they can go and spread their wings halfway to appear larger and more intimidating than they are.
  • Motion – Birds show displeasure by their slow and deliberate movements. Parrots tend to maintain steady eye contact, fluff up their feathers, or slowly weave back and forth to show annoyance.
  • Sound – Many birds have alarm calls or try to scare their predators away, such as bill clacks or hissing. 
  • Attacks – if your parrot baby is mad at you, it might take a nip at you when you put your hand inside its cage. A more frightened or threatened bird can cause far more harm than a tiny scratch.

So, if you see all or some of these signs in your parrot, you should know that your bird is miffed at you.

Now if your parrot is mad at you, you’re probably doing something wrong (maybe)

How about you try to keep your parrot happy

Want to learn some cool tips?

Carry on reading..

Tips On How To Keep Your Parrot Happy

Well, parrots are adorable creatures that are gentle, and mild-tempered.

They are social beings that love their humans.

If you have managed to upset your parrot, then the best and wisest thing to do is to let your bird have some time on its own.

No, it would be best if you did not ignore your birdie under any circumstance.

Instead, the point of letting it cool down is to stay in the same room, close to your pet, without even trying to talk to it and without actually trying to make it feel better. 

If your parrot is close to you, your presence alone will help your bird calm down.

When you witness its fluffed feathers or red flashing colors in its crest subside, you can apologize to your bird. 

Lastly, offer a favorite treat as a peace offering.

You should know that a treat often works like magic.

Do Parrots Forgive You?

Yes, parrots do forgive their humans in most cases.

But, parrots have very long memories, and if you offend them again, they use your past offense to fuel their anger again.

So, be wary around your winged friend and try to be as patient and kind as you possibly can if you want your birdie to trust and love you.

Wrapping up 

There’s bound to be a time when your pet parrot will show you love, and then there will also be times when it will show its displeasure.

The smart move for any pet parent is to learn about their pets as much as they possibly can and treat them with kindness, love and respect.

If your bird is really mad at you, giving a favorite snack as a bribe works 95% of the time to put your birdie in a better frame of mind.


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