Shredding describes pet parrots' destruction of objects.


“Shredding” is the meticulous destruction that parrots can wreak on various objects. This appears to be a natural behavior, because in the wild scientists can identify favorite roosts of parrot flocks by the detritus on the ground below.


Pet parrots cannot be taught not to shred things, so owners must protect things of financial and/or sentimental value by always supervising pet parrots when they are out of their cages. Disallowing access is the only guaranteed technique for preventing unwanted destruction. It also helps to provide lots of safe, shreddable objects, such as safe branches with bark and leaves still attached, old paperback books, etc.

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