Question on my young conure's preening behavior

by Tamra
(Rochester, MN)

I have a 4 month old green cheeked conure. She seems to like being held and loves to just ride around on my shoulder when I am busy in the house. One thing she does just puzzles me a bit. She'll sit on my shoulder and preen herself, and then she'll all of a sudden climb down in front of me on my chest and put her head down to get preened. But then she'll sort of roll on her side, raise one of her wings up a little and stick one foot in the air towards me like she wants her belly preened.

The strange part is that she'll then bite me if I put my hands anywhere near her belly or feet. So I'm confused as to what she wants. Can anyone help? She seems to become very aggravated with me and nips at my neck as well like she wants me to do something, but I don't know what she wants.

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May 11, 2015
by: Anonymous

I have a baby green cheek conure as well. The conure could possibly be comfortable on your chest, and the stretching of a wing while sticking a foot out is just a relaxing way to let loose and have a nice stretch. Interfering with that could ruin turn her into aggression. Hope this helps a little :)

Nov 30, 2010
by: Anonymous

Iam a new owner as well I though the wing up was a sign of aggravation??

Nov 19, 2010
by: Anonymous

i have a conure as well, shes about a year now. she has ALWAYS done the same, and i agree go slow show whos boss and dont forget they are the clown of birds. she/he may just be trying to play, thats what mine does she acts all sweet and innocent and then rolls on her side does some wing thing and grabs ur fingers with her feet and trys to bite. i never let her acually get my fingers but i tease her with them while shes on her back and after a few minutes shes good to go. i believe its her way of playing and burning of energy :)

Nov 13, 2010
Conure giving confusing signals
by: Tracie

What a sweet bird you have! Your bird may be confused too. Just go slow, and always back off when it sends a warning, so it will keep trusting you.

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