Green Cheek Conure Behavior

I recently received a female green cheek conure from a friend. They gave me the bird because they were afraid of her, admitting that she had a biting problem (as most green cheek conures do). i have only had the bird for about a week, and to me shes wonderful! she lets me pet her, play with her, and she even flys to me when i call her or leave a room. she gave the same affection to my husband and my son up until recently. she seems to be favoring me more these past few days.

yesterday my husband tried to get the bird off of the top of her cage and into it. she bite my husband to the point where he started bleeding and flew to another part of the house. my husband not knowing how to properly discipline her, flicked water at her apparently enraging the bird. a min. later she literally attacked my husband. she actually dive bombed him! she latched on to him and continued to bite until he finally succeded in getting her off his neck. the bird left about 2-3 cuts on my husbands face and neck. at this point im extremely worried.

i love this bird, and now im concerned if shes going to attack him again, or maybe even someone else. obviously the water thing was a dumb act on his part, but what do i do? i dont want to get rid of her under any circumstances. i know shes a good bird and she needs a lot of work, but will she ever be ok with my husband? how do i correct this crazy behavior? is all hope lost?

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Sep 15, 2010
Green Cheek Conure Behavior
by: Linda

Before beginnng ANY training, your bird needs to be examined by a Avian Vet to make sure there are not physical issues causing some of her attitude problems. A bird with an infection in the beginning stages will not feel well and will not tolerate what she did a week ago, and it gets progressively worse as more time goes by. It sounds like the other people did not take her to an Avian Vet or make use of any training materials, and this is unfortunate when people would rather "get rid" of a bird than try and help it.This kind of attitude accounts for much of the abuse and neglect parrots experience on a regular basis in thousands of homes everywhere.

Now that you have her, while at the Avian Vet's, you have her 6 long primary flight feathers trimmed as this is mandatory for training a wild bird or a bird who has resorted to attacking behavior. These attacks will become worse before they get better, and being that parrots are exotic wild animals, erring on the side of safety is always best. Just have the 6 long primary feathers at the bottom or end of both wings clipped. This will allow her to gently glide down to floor and will no longer allow her enough lift to fly all over the house which is dangerous to begin with. If you do not have her wings clipped, she has too much power over you and family. I recommend trimming all parrot's wings because flying around the house is dangerous as they can become seriously injured when flying into walls, windows, mirrors and so forth not to mention what they may pick up and eat.

So, a trip to the Avian Vet is a must as is having her wings clipped. Once she has a clean bill of health and wings are clipped, she'll be ready for some serious training, and the link Tracie gave you will be valuable information.

Thanks for writing and let us know how all is going as your information can and will help someone else with a similar problem.


Sep 15, 2010
Biting green cheek conure
by: Tracie

Thank you for trying to help this bird, first of all.

I believe you can help this bird to tolerate your husband, but you can't make the bird like your husband.

Rather than repeat what has already been written, please read the articles on our Parrot Training page to get some ideas to try and see if you can help this bird.

For us, basically we just had to get my husband, top bird in our house, to show his disapproval when the bird started to bite me. It is a long process and much too long to repeat here. All the training materials are good, so just study what you want and try what you feel you will do.

Time, patience and commitment are the keys to success with birds. I see that you have the commitment, and that is something many bird owners do not have. :-)

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