Friendly parrot starting to bite

by Ben and Donna
(Hopedale, OH)

Australian Ringneck

Australian Ringneck

We got a parrot from a friend a few months ago and he was very friendly and showed no sign of aggression, but for about 2 weeks now every time we try to get him to step up, he starts biting and lunging. How do we stop this behavior in our bird??

We want the old parrot back, the one that was friendly and did not bite. We can't believe its the same bird. Any suggestions? By the way, he is an Australian Ringneck. We don't know his age, or gender. We're just assuming its a male.

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May 01, 2012
friendly parrot starting to bite
by: Anonymous

I agree with Tracie in her posting.

But I just want to throw this in there. It's spring time, hours are getting longer, instinctively telling the birds it's mating season.

Sometimes a bird can start to show aggression during this time.

I would suggest limiting his sunlight hours. About 4-5 pm, close the blinds curtains, w/e you have on the windows. About 7-8 am open them up as you normally would.

This tricks the bird into thinking it's still winter.

If your bird has a bonded human, they may not allow other people to pet them or interact with them, only the bonded human.

However, you cant allow the bird to bully you. This will promote bad behaviour after mating season is over.

I would limit the sunlight, be on top of the times to open/close the curtains, within a week of doing this your bird may calm down again. Just b/c he calms down doesnt mean you stop limiting the daylight hours for him, as he could start this all over again.

My Avian vet recommends birds get 10-14 hours of sleep per night. If your bird isnt getting enf sleep in a dark, quiet area, this could also be a reason for his aggression.

If none of this helps, then it's a behavorial issue and you should refer to the training link Tracie posted.

Good luck!

Apr 30, 2012
New parrot started biting
by: Tracie

What you experienced was what many call the honeymoon period. Often new birds are "nice" for a while until they figure out what they can and can not get by with. They are also sizing up the "flock" and sometimes determine who they prefer and who is the flock leader.

Please read out training articles on our Parrot Training page for help in training your bird. If your bird does have a preferred person, then also read our biting green cheek conure article, because it tells how my husband helped our birds to stop attacking me.

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