My Sun Conure

by Tiegan

When my bird is angry at me he bites, and almost attacks, his own foot or leg. Why?

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Nov 22, 2011
My Sun Conure
by: Linda

This is very dangerous behavior for your bird. When he is not able to bite you, he is attacking himself which can and will result in him really hurting himself.

Why may I ask is he so angry with you? You also did not say how long you've had him, what he eats and what kind of attention he gets. If he only gets attention when he is bad, then he will continue to be bad to get attention. Negative attention is at least some kind of attention.

I strongly suggest you take him to an Avian Vet in your driving area to rule out any physical cause for this. The first sign of illness can be sudden changes in behavior, and a sick bird will strike out at anyone and everyone. He sounds like he also may think HE is to blame for everything and will eventually start self mutilation. I've seen birds literally tear the skin open so they have open bleeding wounds. Please get control of this quickly.

Now is the time to have him checked out for infections and have general bloodwork done to make sure organs are functioning properly. Once this has been taken care of, there are some training materials on this site that may help you start over with your bird. A bird's trust is earned not freely given, and if you are always negative with him, then he will never trust you.

This is where weak people "give" their birds away instead of trying to help them. His next home will be worse for him unless this behavior is worked on right now. He has roughly the emotional and mental development equivalent to a 4-5 year old child, so he does not understand why you are angry and why he does not receive the love he deserves. Please be the one to help him as each home gets progressively worse up to and including severe abuse and neglect. Your bird is perfect, and you need to get to the bottom of this behavior.

First step is to have him examined by an Avian Vet to either clear him of illness or see that he receives the correct meds for any physical problems. Second step is to begin to look into training methods that work for you and your bird.

You are responsible for him in every way from feeding high quality food to getting him medical services when he needs them. You are also responsible for seeing that he is trained. He needs to be praised for ANY even small steps in the right direction. You have to make his life one where he feels he's doing well and that you accept him as he is. This is called unconditional love, and he is very worthy of this as he's done no wrong other than being a parrot who needs your help and compassion.

Keep us posted on your progress and keep in mind that he has now and always will have the mind of a small child. He's in need of guidance and direction not anger.

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Thank You for Writing,

Nov 22, 2011
by: Brani

Usually is common for African Congo- Grey parrots..
When they are angry -they bite their nails or feet -but that is normal for some worries...

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