Ask Lafeber


May 6, 2020

Grey behavior towards other birds

We got our African Gray as a rescue; he sees all of our other birds as prey, especially our Parrotlet and our cockatiels and our lovebird. He even challenges our Eclectus! Anything we can do to help him be less aggressive?


Hi Jackie,

Parrots are prey animals, so what your Grey is doing is not predatory behavior. It’s very common for different species to not get along. Even birds of the same species don’t always get along. Parrots attack other parrots generally for territorial or hormonal reasons. Since this is a natural behavior, the safest thing to do is keep them separate and make sure the smaller birds can’t get on his cage when you have them out or the Grey might grab them.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,



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