Pecking order?

My family had a Mitred Conure. At the time I was around 12 years old and while he seemed to get along fine with the rest of the family, he tended to be quite mean towards me. I never harassed him or hurt him, but if I ever got near him he decided to bite me.

I remember on one occasion while my dad was holding him during a molt, he was working on his pinfeathers, when he got upset, hoped across the couch, jumped on me and bit me. Did he decide that I was on the bottom of the "pecking order" and that if he had any frustrations he could take them out on me? He didn't seem to try to pull any of that on my parents.

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Nov 04, 2008
Bird attacking younger person
by: Tracie

It is hard to say why he picked on you. You may never know.

It is possible the bird picked up on negative feelings you had, if you had any. Or it might have picked up on any fear you had of the bird.

Sometimes a bird will just decide they don't like a person for no reason at all that we can tell, but they do have a reason. It could be they don't like the way they smell (perfume, deodorant, shampoo etc.), the color they wear, and other seemingly silly things to us.

I got a bird to like me over time by offering a favorite treat and slowly getting closer each day with it. Eventually the bird decided it could trust me and that he liked me because I always had his favorite treat.

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