love bird behavior

by darren
(south africa)

behavior, my love bird bit me qiut bad yesterday. I then flicked him gently on his bee. he then proceded to bit me even harder. will this always happen from now on. he hhas heen raised buy us and was a baby when we goy him

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Apr 05, 2013
bird bites
by: Alex

NEVER EVER physically punish a bird. Flicking it's beak is like someone giving you a hard punch on the nose. I am not surprised it bit you If I was your bird I would have one the same.

A firm "NO!" does the trick.

Apr 04, 2013
Stop biting bird behavior with trust
by: Tracie

Many people "flick" their bird's beaks, and I am with Linda that it should not be done. Honestly, if you want your bird to trust you and want to be with you, then causing physical pain will not help the relationship, even if it might teach the bird not to bite sometimes.

Please look at the health and training articles on our Parrot Training page for help in training your bird. Training starts with developing a relationship of trust.

I once accidentally hurt my mother's African grey parrot. I was paying attention to mom while holding her bird. The bird likely gave an indication that it wanted off my hand, but I wasn't paying attention to it's body language. It bit me, I jumped like crazy, the bird flew to the floor and never trusted me again. In fact every time I came over it lunged at me!

Because I didn't see the bird often, it was very hard to earn his trust back. Eventually mom helped the bird to accept me in the room and to take a treat from me, but I never held the bird again. :-(

Trust is VERY important!

Apr 04, 2013
love bird behavior
by: Linda

First and foremost, you cannot punish a bird physically. The thumping or flicking on the beak hurt him, and of course he bit you harder. Beaks are very sensitive and have a lot of blood vessels in them. When you flicked him, it hurt him, and he hurt you back. This can escalate into full blown abuse, and then you become the sworn enemy of your bird. Since the bird is much smaller and more delicate than you, you can actually kill a bird with physical punishment. They don't have butts, so God did not intend them to be spanked or otherwise hurt.

If this is a sudden change in behavior be aware that this is sometimes the first sign of illness. He will have to be examined for infections or other physical issues by a licensed and trained Avian Vet ONLY. Only avian vets are trained to take care of birds, so birds have to go to them and not dog and cat vets.

Also, all parrots bite from time to time, and sometimes they bite hard. Sick birds who don't feel well to begin with become very irritable and will continue to bite until you get them medical help. Medical help or training is what is needed here, and keep your hands to yourself in the meantime. Use a perch to get him in and out of cage until you find out what is causing this behavior.

Please use no physical force with your birds. This kind of action is the beginning of abuse, and you lose your bird's trust plus you can severely hurt them. They are little, have hollow bones that are easily broken and simply cannot have someone flicking them or hitting them because it will only make your bird dig in and become an even worse biter. If you love your birds, never hurt them. It does not matter if they are biting you. What does matter is how you handle the situation since humans are supposed to be the smart animals. Let us know how everything is going because we are here for the birds and the people who love them.


Apr 04, 2013
Love bird behavior
by: Anonymous

This behavior will continue if you let it. As birds grow and mature, their personalities will change too. Apparently you must have done something to provoke the bite. The bird could have been frightened of something at that time. My bird was terrified of a certain shirt that I wore and it took me a few minutes to figure out the shirt was the problem for her sudden change in behavior. Pay attention to your birds' body language. Sometimes they don't want to be petted or handled, so they are better left alone. If your bird tries to bite you again, please do not flick him on the beak as this will cause him to get even angrier. Whenever your bird misbehaves, just give a firm "no" and leave the room. My bird was lashing out and attacking me for a while and inflicted some serious wounds. I learned not to yell or cry out in pain, because to the bird, it was a game. I just gave a firm "no" and put the bird in the cage and left the room. After being consistent with this behavior modification, my bird got the hint that what she was doing was not acceptable to me and has stopped.

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