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Lake Howell Animal Clinic

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856 Lake Howell Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Phone: (407) 628-8000
Fax: (407) 628-8412

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In loveWhat does broody behavior look like in the pet bird?

Normal sexual behaviors by companion parrots are frequently misinterpreted as “problem” behavior in captivity.

  • Some birds may look for dark places as a sign of nest-seeking.
  • Early signs of nest building may include paper shredding and increase wood chewing. (Lovebirds may put strips of paper in their wings while nest building).
  • Cage territoriality and aggression may also be observed.
  • Some birds masturbate by rubbing their vents against inanimate objects and people.

Some pet birds develop relationship with their owner that mimics pair bonding. This “mated pair behavior” may induced the need to protect the “mate” and “nest” leading to territoriality and aggression. These birds may also be more likely to ovulate and lay eggs, potentially leading to problems such as chronic egg laying, egg binding, and dystocia. There is also a syndrome of recurrent cloacal prolapse, priliminary in the adult Umbrella and moluccan cockatoos that may be related to this ‘mated pair” bond in some instances.

Environmental cues that promote reproductive activity

  • The most powerful stimulus for breeding is often a long day (>12 hours of light).
  • The nest is also a powerful stimulus for breeding. Parrots are cavity nesters and anydark container with an opening may promote breeding such as a box or paper bag.
  • Other stimuli include warm temperatures, rainfall, and an abundant food supply.
  • Of course the presence of a mate is another strong motivator. The mate may be real or perceived such as mirror, a favorite toy, or a human being.

What can you do to minimize reproductive behavior in your pet bird?

  1. Halt mutual grooming and mutual feeding. Grooming over the back and under the wings is a sexually charged behavior birds. Also avoid encircling the body, putting pressure on the back, touching near the vent, or playfully “wrestling” with the beak.
  2. Modify environmental cues. Do not provide your parrot with a nest box or any item that could be considered a nest box unless you want to promote breeding behavior. If your pet is demonstrating chronic egg laying or suffers from reproductive disease, your avian veterinarian may advise you on additional environmental cues to manipulate such as photoperiod (day length) or the presence of the mate.
  3. Ignore masturbation. If your bird rubs its vent on you, calmly return him to his cage.
  4. Stick training is a valuable tool for maintaining hand control of an aggressive or territorial bird during breeding season.
  5. Improve your pet’s plane of nutrition. Gradually introduce formulated foods and healthy items like orange and yellow vegetables and dark leafy greens.
  6. Establish yourself as the flock leader to set guidelines for your pet through positive reinforcement training. A better understanding of where she fits in the household “flock” may prevent your pet from mimicking a pair bond relationship with you.

**References upon request.

Orlando Diaz-Figueroa, DVM, MS, Dipl. ABVP (Avian Specialty)

Veterinary Services

Welcome to Lake Howell Animal Clinic

"Your pet’s health and well-being is our number one concern."

Your Dog, Cat, and Exotics Veterinarian in Maitland, FL
Call us at (407) 628-8000

Veterinary Services:
  • Medical Care

  • Dental Care

  • Orthopedics

  • Surgery

  • Spay/Neuter

  • Critical Care

  • Vaccinations

  • Boarding

  • Diet & Nutrition

  • Referrals

  • Education

Services We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Learn more about all the services we provide. Make An Appointment We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule. Schedule an appointment today! Online Forms Our patient forms are available online so they can be completed in the convenience of your own home or office.


We like the knowledge of both Dr.Diaz and Dr.Perez so much- we moved from another clinic we had been with for ten years. I highly recommend them both.

- Robin L. / Maitland, FL

I can say with much certainty that not many will do what you (Dr.Diaz) did for me. Not many are out there who have so much benevolence in their heart to help out others, particularly in the medical profession. My heart is filled with thankfulness towards you. I would also like to thank your staff which is equally as loving and caring. They showed tremedous sensitivity towards me and dealt with me in kindness.

- Vijai T. / Maitland, FL

Dr Perez has been the vet for my 3 dogs for over 5 years and I can't say enough good things about her care and the well being she has for my pups. Nancy is also very knowledgeable and wonderful. She takes the time needed to answer all my questions and gives me the best course of action when they're ill.

- Janis L. / Orlando, FL

Office Hours



Our clinic will have the following hours of operation for the week of the Thanksgiving holiday:

Monday, November 20................8am-5pm
  *Boarders drop off/pick up between 8am-4pm*
Tuesday, November 21................8am-5pm
  *Boarders drop off/pick up between 8am-4pm*
Wednesday, November 22..........7am-1pm
  *Boarders drop off/pick up no later than 11:00am**
Thursday, November 23..............CLOSED
Friday, November 24...................CLOSED

Saturday, November 25..............8am-1pm
  *Boarders drop off/pick up no later than 11:00am**


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