Hello all. I am somewhat new to the bird world. I was recently given a Scarlet Macaw named Sinbad who has some emotional issues. He is fearful of humans, aggressive, possessive, and plucks his feathers and screams a lot. I am curious on what are the best techniques to remedy some of these issues. In his last home he wasn’t spent much time with, so he’s not used to people. He’s very protective of his cage and his toys as well and doesn’t like you to touch them. I can handle the daily loud vocalizations of a normal healthy Macaw, but he screams in excess, and for seemingly little reason. I assume he does it for attention or out of frustration, but he’s not too keen on being interacted with and nips and bites. I am home all day long, so I have plenty of time for him, but he doesn’t seem to want my affection as of yet. I really would love to see him someday a happy bird, and as of right now he just seems generally pretty miserable with himself. Any helpful tips, articles, links, books, etc. would be extremely appreciated! I just want him to be happy and content with himself and his surroundings. If someday he could be a nice companion, that would be all the more better!
A Somewhat Distraught New Parrot Parent,