parrotlet biting and face jumping!

I have a five and a half old parrotlet that I just brough home five days ago. She has been super sweet until today. She has been biting my fingers and trying to jump on my face and head. As soon as she gets on my finger, she starts racing up my arm as fast as she can. Why is she doing this and how can I correct this behavior?

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Jan 21, 2010
Parrotlet Biting and Face Jumping
by: Meliss

I have had my parrotlet (Kiwi) for 11 years and love her dearly. However, they are as stated by the Vet very dominant in character. They are usually one owner birds if not exposed to many individuals. My parrotlet also likes to sit on my shoulders and play with my hair. I always do this in a sitted position on the floor with all blinds and doors closed. I only began this after a true bond was formed. She knows I am in charge and when she forgets I remind her by returning her to her cage. The head bobbing, I assume is what she is doing when you say face jumping, is a warning in my experienceS with Kiwi. It sounds like yours is not truly comfortable with you yet and was probably somewhat shy to the new surroundings and is coming out of the shell. Now more confident in the aggression. I suggest spending as much time as possible with your parrotlet everyday, throughout the day. Feed fresh fruit and vegetables daily but, research appropriate ones.
A good pellet diet and a few seeds as a treat are recommended. Fresh clean water at all times as they like to bathe and poo in their water if you use a tray. Be careful with water bottles though, as they can get clogged and your parrotlet must not go without water. As your parrotlet feels more comfortable with you, you will be friends for life. p.S. THEY NEED LOTS OF ENTERTAINMENT AND TOYS TO STAY HEALTHY AND HAPPY. THEY ALSO LOVE SHOWERS, I HAVE A SMALLER CAGE SPECIFICALLY FOR SHOWERING AND I MAKE SURE THERE IS NO DRAFTS IN THE ROOM UNTIL SHE IS COMPLETELY DRY. THE RIGHT SIZE CAGE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AS WELL. AT LEAST A 24" X 24" MINIMUM.

Jan 21, 2010
parrotlet biting and face jumping!
by: Linda

FIRST, YOUR LITTLE BIRD NEEDS TO BE TAKEN TO AN AVIAN VET IN YOUR DRIVING AREA TO MAKE SURE HE IS CLEAN OF INFECTIONS/PARASITES. Always take new birds into an Avian Vet BEFORE any training at all.

So, before you do anything else with this bird, make sure he is healthy enough to begin training. Also, make sure you keep him off your shoulders permanently as very bad injuries occur when people allow their birds to perch on shoulders. It give the birds too much power in too high a place. Birds have to always be kept at eye level whether in or out of cages on perches, etc. Bird flocks are ordered by who is the highest, and in the wild, the flock leaders are always in a higher position that the subordinates in the flock. DO NOT GIVE YOUR POWER AWAY TO YOUR BIRD, BECAUSE THEY ARE LIKE CHILDREN AND WILL RUN YOU, AND YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY IF GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY!

After bird is either pronounced healthy or given medicine to clear up an infection, you can look at some of the training materials on this site and get started with him. Sounds like bird may be ill or just getting that way for it's behavior to have changed so drastically. These are some of the signs to look for in birds getting sick, sudden changes in behavior, lack of energy, lack of appetite, sitting fluffed up all the time, etc.

Thanks for writing and let us know what vet had to say about your new little birdy.
Linda

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