i've been considering the situation from the opposite perspective. pedro (dyha,with me 20 yrs) rests on my arm wtih complete confidence, joey (lsc, with me 17 mo) has a death grip, nails very sharp, (though they were recently trimmed.) it seems to me that pedro feels safe with me and has no fear of falling. she flies well, even with clipped wings she can control the glide. joey, i believe, is used to being clipped so severely that she never learned to fly well, and her fear of falling is very intense. i have let her wings grow out, recently doing a very limited clip, encouraging her to use her wings. i hope she feels more secure as time goes on. maybe your baby just feels less threatened. is the older bird more insecure in general? i don't think his feet are weak, he holds things well, right? that seems to be the biggest difference in mine, though this is just speculation on my part. anyone else have thoughts on this?