parrot attacking everyone

by Gloria
(Dallas texas)

Why is my parrot attacking everyone now and before he did not?

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Aug 10, 2012
my conure
by: Anonymous

Actully my parrot had the same problem but I was able to fix most of it. Are you letting it on your shoulder?? Because if you are this may be the problem. My parrot thought he was the boss of everyone but me because he could sit on the shoulders of people and wouldnt want to come down, so we stoped this and guess what no bites... I guess it really comes down to what type of parrot (conure????)and who its biting..

Aug 09, 2012
parrot attacking everyone
by: Linda

Gloria, this is a hard question, and so you'll have to start at the beginning. Sometimes, lots of times, sudden changes in behavior indicate a bird is either sick or is becoming sick. So, the first thing you have to do is have him thoroughly examined by an Avian Vet ONLY. You can find one either in the yellow pages or have the people you bought bird from suggest one. The avian vet will do some tests to determine if bird has bacterial or viral infection and will also do some baseline bloodwork to see how organs are functioning.

Once this is done, write back with more information. We need to know what he eats, how much, what kind of cage he's in, what kind of environment he lives in like are there young children in the house or pets and about his habits. We need to know if he is caged with another bird or is there one in a cage close to him. Is he getting about 12 hours sleep a night and if not, then he needs to be able to have that much time to rest every day in a quiet, dark place.

So, first take him to an Avian Vet ONLY. Dog and cat vets are not licensed to treat birds and usually mis-diagnose them and then give the wrong meds in the wrong dosage making matters much worse than they were.

It is important you go ahead and get him to avian vet and then we can try and help you from there. A sick or becoming sick bird cannot be worked with because sick birds can die from the stress of being worked with, so first step is to the avian vet's.So, before appointment, make notes so you remember all the questions you'll be asked and have answers ready for the avian vet which will save you money and time while there.

Get back with us about what avian vet has to say about him and give the avian vet a complete history answering questions like I asked above. Vet needs to know what he eats, how much rest he gets, generally how he was before he started attacking everyone and when was the first time he began attacking. We'll talk with you later...


Aug 09, 2012
Parrot attacking everyone
by: Anonymous

What has changed in his life? Have you added a new bird, pet, baby, to the family? Lost someone? Changed work hours?

Do you have small children?

What are you feeding him? Have you changed his diet?

Have you moved, changed his cage, moved him to new location in house?

How long have you had him? Are you his 'first' family? Second? what do you know about his previous life?

How old is he, if you know? Perhaps he/she is maturing . . .

How was his attitude before he started biting?

When was the last time he was seen by an avian vet? He could have something wrong physically and you'd never know.

There are so many questions that are needed to fill in his background it is very difficult to answer you correctly.

Keep in touch. Please ;-)

Aug 09, 2012
Parrot suddenly attacking everyone
by: Tracie

It would be helpful if you provided more details.

How old is your bird?
What species is your bird?
How long have you had the bird?
Has anything changed in your home, moved bird, changed furniture or the like?

If your bird is new to your home, it could be testing to see how much it can get by with.

If your bird was a young bird and is now maturing, it could be hormonal. Some species, like Amazon parrots, go through a hormonal stage that can last years and you may not be able to handle the bird at all.

Our green cheeked conures suddenly turned on me when they were around 6 months old. They went from love me to attacking me. They chose my husband as one person they liked, so he was able to teach them not to bite or attack me. (They stayed cage territorial so none of us could ever stick our hands in the cage again without being attacked.)

You can read how my husband helped the birds to accept me on our parrot training page at if you like.

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