Maybe what Polly wants is a new toy

1:26pm, July 29, 2003

From Boise, Idaho, at a meeting of the Animal Behavior Society

Changing the toys frequently in a parrot's cage may reduce the bird's tendency to fear new things. Bird keepers grow anxious as their birds fidget, sometimes plucking their own feathers, says Rebecca Fox of the University of California, Davis. The fearfulness, or neophobia, also raises questions about bird development.

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