Male lovebird keeps biting me

Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by evelynssister, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. evelynssister

    evelynssister Hatching

    Mar 30, 2015
    Hello everyone! I got a hand-raised male peach-faced lovebird about 3 months ago, he came from a friendly home and is about 7 years old. He does have a partner, but she is a different specie, a sun conure, almost twice his size. (That doesn't stop him from being her boss). He can be very cuddly and sweet, an escape artist, and he loves being held in a fist (he is not trapped, he just likes the warmth). Most of the time he is in his partner's cage, and my lovebird can fit through the bars; meaning he spends very little time in a confining cage. He even falls asleep on me. However, despite trying my very best not to react, he bites all the time. A lot of the time it's without warning, and it hurts. I'm pretty sure it's not jealousy because he does it when I'm completely alone, with people, away from his partner or not. Just tonight he bit in a place no girl wants to be bit, and after cuddling for 15 minutes. Does anybody else have this problem and how do you deal with it? Do you think he will he stop?

  2. GuineaFowling

    GuineaFowling Songster

    Oct 3, 2013
    Central California
    The best way I deal with biting is through training. Have you target trained him? I also have a chewer as well so chew toys are a must. Plastic straws are a favorite.
  3. Rosa moschata

    Rosa moschata Songster 5 Years

    Mar 20, 2013
    Parrots are social by nature, but they must learn the rules of their flocks. In the wild, bratty behavior is not tolerated -- those on the receiving end either leave or reprimand the offender. Watch videos on YouTube of parrots interacting by searching with the word "bickering" and see what I mean. We humans have to modify this to beak-tapping with a finger, paired with a stern "No!", when parrots get a bit rough with their play. Target training is great for providing distractions, but it doesn't really do much as far as teaching social rules.


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