Animal Stories - Meyer's Parrot

Animal-World Information about: Meyer's Parrot

  The Meyer's Parrot, or Brown Parrot, is a small parrot that is very attractive and entertaining!
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Ben Silverman - 2020-04-14
IF it gives any of you a smile, Chica, my Meyer's, about 4 years old, says three things: 1) Peekaboo! She learned that at her first home, but says it less as an adult; 2) Big Budgie! I taught her that, ironically of course. She is not a 'budgie' 3) as of last week, 'GodDAMMIT!'

Donna - 2019-08-04
Hello, my Meyers, Henny, she started out Henry as we thought she was a boy. She will be 20 October 28th. She was about 3-4wks old and I hand fed her. Evidently breeder was not reputable, unknown to me. However, her Avian vet says she is very healthy and the prettiest little girl. But aren’t they all gorgeous! She talks, but doesn’t enunciate well, thank goodness!shes super affectionate but.apparently that led to a very hormonal bird. She had her first, and hopefully last dose of a hormone control arc. She is so much more relaxed. She’s very smart and intuitive, but she can be a pistol! One of our special times was when I was teaching her to say I love you. I repeated it frequently and when she said it back I said I love you too, to which she returned, I love you too too!!! Sometimes she’ll string five along. She is the light of my life. I hope I haven’t put you to sleep!! It’s just how often do you speak to someone who has a Meyers in there life. I so enjoyed reading your comments. I am so sorry to hear of the little 7yr old who payed. Sorry I don’t remember your name and couldn’t get back to other comments.

linda rubin - 2019-01-16
I own a 1 year old female Myer's Parrot. Would love to compare notes with others who own A Myer's Parrot (any sex any age) My name is linda and I live in Santa Clarita, ca.

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  • Don - 2019-04-07
    My myers is , over 30 years old and still a joy. Still active, minimum talker, more weird noises than words, not known talkers. Mine never was hand fed so not so friendly, but is to me. I can scratch his beak, pet him and he will come on ‘my’ finger. I learned to clip his wings, such he hates, so he stays on top of his cage. Many toys and climable branches. They live to climb up high. He has bells he loves to beast and ring! Don hall
veronica - 2018-11-02
I have a female meyers parrot that I love so much. I would like a companion bird for her. I cannot find a meyers male. Anyone know where I could get one? and yes I do know they cannot be put together possibly ever. Just next door. lol

Jerry Janosco - 2018-09-03
My Meyers passed away after 25yrs with me. I’m also interested in a female bronze winged Pionus.

Tom - 2017-08-16
My Male Meyers is 7 yrs old and ready to breed. I am seeking an adult female for him within the state of Florida. No shipping.

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  • cindy - 2017-09-21
    We have a healthy 4 year old semi tame female meyers. Are you still looking for a female?
kim - 2014-01-27
I just got a 4 month old 'hand-fed' baby from a breeder. The baby is not eating nor drinking and seems absolutely terrified. Just brought home yesterday evening. Meyer is in a cage in my bedroom to have some quiet/acclimation time. Has been held minimally maybe 3x 5min each-tries to fly away in fear. Opened cage while speaking smoothly this morning and flew away in fear. Now, I do have other birds that were bought at an older age. Is this normal for a baby? Does not perch on finger, but will on perch. Is this bird just not socialized?? Normal reaction for a baby? I am very worried about the not eating part. I was hoping for a tamed, hand-fed babe. Can she come around? I know I may sound crazy since I just got her---but she IS TERRIFIED. I fear for the amount of stress she must be feeling. Bird not sexed. Breeder said she seemed like a girl. Please help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-27
    It is concerning that your bird is not drinking. This baby could very well have been hand-fed, but has probably been weaned for several weeks now. It may be that the breeder was feeding many babies and didn't give this bird much one-on-one time, that  happens with some larger outfits. He may then have been housed with other birds, so no longer is well socializd with humans. Birds always prefer other birds over people.. it's a natural behavior, and so then become cautious with humans. Usually it takes time and patience, offering treats and soft words, and a bird will start responding.

    Not drinking or eating is concerning however. If the bird doesn't start drinking soon, you may try to offer assistance. Try getting some handfeeding formula (Kaytee makes great formula) and offering it.  Take the bird out, put it on a table (or in a large flat box/bin). Hold it from the back with your hand around its body, thumb and forefinger on either side of the head. Then offer a bit of food  with a syringe (a spoon may work too).  Be very gentle and soft-spoken, but try to get it to take a taste. This can help remind it of being a baby, because it's still young enough to remember being fed. It may still refuse, but it's worth a shot. Work on letting it know you are its 'flock' and continue to show you care about it. If it goes too long without drinking or food, taking it to a vet could end up being necessary.
  • Penny - 2017-07-16
    Hi Clarice,
    I have a two year old Meyer. I got her when she was 4 months old. One thing I discovered when she was a baby is that she loves to drink drops of water off my finger. So just dip your finger in water and hold it slightly above her beak. Keep doing it and she should accept the drops.
    Good luck,
Cherie Cruver Zehm - 2015-04-15
    In 2012 I wrote an article for an African zoo website in answer to questions about the terrible bites which can be inflicted by misunderstood Meyer's Parrots.  At that time, I introduced the Precious Press, a technique I had invented decades earlier and had named after a gentle, kind female Meyer's Parrot I had raised for years who had never bitten anyone.

  When a Meyer's Parrot begins biting, the Precious Press is administered by simply placing a thumb and index finger on either side of the bird's head, just behind the eyes, with gently-increasing pressure until the parrot releases its hold.  This action releases endorphins into the bird's bloodstream, much in the way grasping a young kitten by the back of the neck, or gently rubbing large circles on the shoulders of a nervous foal, calms it down.  The Meyer's Parrot will calm down, release its grip, become trance-like, and tend to forget why it was biting in the first place.  Instead of perpetuating a negative experience of punishment, the experience, instead, becomes one of respect for the human.

  I am an avian behaviorist, and am overjoyed that the scientific community has finally recognized animal/bird/human intercommunication as a recognized science.  I, for one, have been communicating with non-human creatures since before I could communicate with my own species.  It was formerly called animal whispering, but I call myself a non-human interpreter.  Since creatures do not necessarily need spoken language to communicate, but can also use body language or the powers of the mind, I have used the telephone, email, photos, and pieces of property belonging to the creature to diagnose problems between the creature and its human companion.

  It has been my life-long mission to mend misunderstandings between humans and their companion creatures so that fewer of them face devastating permanent separations when the creature is given away to someone else.  The wounds from this one action never heal.  If I can be of assistance, please give me a try.  My services are free or by donation.  I am a non-profit organization.

  Thank you, and may God bless your creatures and you!


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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-04-16
    You sound like a wonderful person and 'whisperer.' That's a great technique and I bet it would work with a variety of parrots. Thanks for sharing your experience and insights.
  • mercy mureithi - 2015-05-09
    i have a Meyers female green bellied parrot. I stay in Kenya , Nairobi. I have had it for now 2 weeks. please advise what else can it eat? it also bites if I put my finger in her cage. lastly when I give it water it doesn't drink . please guide . GOD bless too
  • Clarice Brough - 2015-05-10
    There's some good food suggestions above on this Meyer's Parrot page, under care and feeding. Also, for a more in-depth look at parrot foods see the article Parrot Cuisine, Food Facts... 
  • geochelone carbonari - 2015-11-06
    16 years.. and lots of care.. meyers, grasp so much,, one even tells me when time is to go to bed,, the upstairs sleeping huge (king cages) are only one of the many cages opened at all times.. like humans, parrots need, various spaces and rooms.. so when you adopt a Parrot,, make sure you buy a cage for every and each humans, they need to know,, that a play cage is ready for fun, a stay cage for simple time off.. and most important,, the safe and quiet and covered cage,, which they know. means bedtime.. how do I know.. well,, every bird,,needs flight time,, and as all humans,, needs are to be appropriate,, to change a room,, means a change of pace,, and like all humans,, we need that free time,, in which we explore,, and learn the daily pace of life.. Teaching your birds,, that pace,, teach them to explore and have that safe haven,, of a cage,, in each and every room.. will make them look forward to the scheldules of your life,, as well as theirs,,enjoy them.. and let them look forward to that change,, and you will see.. that the sleep cages are always clean.. while you prepare the breakfast fruit, and yummie cages,, and then the fun and playful cage.. none of my birds are actually forced to be in a cage,, but they readily anticipate,, the wonderful stuff I created and put in their day cages.. Conclusion.. a bird must have activities.. and must enjoy,, changing places... Try it..always buy,, more than one cage,, for every bird,, think of it.. you change rooms.. for specified activities.. and such,, so is the active bird,, anticipating change!!!
Geoff. Bland - 2004-07-19
We live in Cheltenham (in the west of England) and for four months we have been the proud owners of a Meyers Parrot named Cupcake. He was only five months old when we bought him and in the short time since then he has learned a great deal. He can imitate the telephone and the sound of the curtains being drawn and he cries pitifully when left alone. However, what particularly amuses us is his behaviour during our meal times. As soon as he sees the table being set he comes to the bars of his cage and chirps at us for food. He loves peas and baked beans and he is particularly fond of toast (which he dunks in his water pot before eating). So far he has not said an intelligible word - but he chats away happily in his own robotic language and clicks his tongue as a greeting each time we come into the room. He enjoys riding around on my shoulder but, when thwarted, he can really bite!

Ronald&Rhonda - 2014-06-30
Just purchased Sam. He's(?) a 4 month old Meyers. Things moved pretty quick for Sam. He got to the pet store on Friday and we picked him up on Sunday. 2 moves in quick succession. Today is the next day from purchase (Monday) and he started eating and drinking this evening. He has a pretty hard bite! Searching online for tips to break this. From what I see, just training for trust by doing a couple tricks should do it. We're looking forward to a long happy relationship with Sam. He's our first pet bird, so we all have a lot of growing up together.