Conure likes being held but hates being pet?
(Long Island, NY)
I have a 5 month old female green cheek conure whom I have had since weaning. She is very social, playful, and curious, and she loves to be out of her cage and held. Her curious nature causes her to unintentionally nip at times, but this is pretty well under control. However, if I go to pet her back, rub her neck or belly, or stroke her head, she makes a little angry noise and turns to bite at my hand. I try to avoid petting her, but it is hard to play without physical contact at times. The only thing she likes is when I simulate preening her head.
Is it normal for a bird to get so freaky about being pet? How do I work around this and still maintain a close and happy relationship with her? Could there be some underlying reason as to why she reacts this way that I could possibly change? Thanks.