Confused on the behavior of my Green Cheek Conure
(New Bedford, MA)
Green Cheeked Conure
I'm in love with the bird but at the same time very seldom I do think about getting rid of her.... because I don't understand certain behavior. Seldom I know but it is enough to discourage me. See why...
The bird loves me, always calls for me, kisses me, plays with me with her head nodding, and beak, and twitches left right, sorta like arm wrestling but with my finger and her beak.. If I place her on her play station and call her she flies to me, even when I don't call her she flies to me when she hears my voice.
The confusing part, if I lay down with her on my chest, she'll run up to me and kiss me, but sometimes when I go to pick her up she attacks my finger and draws blood!
Or if I set her down on the bed. The other day I was in the bathroom and set her down on the sink, while I changed because she wanted to be with me, I went to pick her up she attacked my finger. I said NO. I set her down and picked her up by saying UP, then my thumb being in the way she went for that and drew blood. Now I know they have a poor sense of smell, so maybe she could not sense it was me, but I was right in front of her, even got down to her level, I heard they have great eye sight, so how can she mistaken me? I wrote an article on here about six months ago relating to the same thing. I drew up my own conclusions that it had to be a mistaken finger. She acts this way when strangers or other family members with the exception of some, when they approach me, the biting that she demonstrates. So she must think "my" finger in certain cases is a strangers when she acts this way. Somehow she feels she needs to defend herself. WHY?
I'm told she has a small brain, but would like to give her more credit, but I think they really have a lack of intelligence in this manner. The behavior cannot be because it is night time, I usually find her the most cuddly at this time. I approach her cage and she just wants to jet out and be with me, I go to open the door and she's already latched onto it, then quickly walks up my arm to my shoulder and kisses me. It's so sweet.
The attacking in certain instances - Is this normal concure behavior? I'm being discouraged now and it saddens me!