Red Belly Parrot nipping ears

Is it common for red belly parrots to nip at your ears when riding on your shoulder? What can we do to get her to stop?

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Sep 10, 2011
Red Belly Parrot nipping ears
by: Linda

Do not carry birds of any kind or size on your shoulders. You have them too close to your face and eyes, and this will, at some time or other, result in severe injury to face, eyes, ears neck, lips. Severe injury means a trip to emergency room of some hospital, so look at the material Tracie suggested and train your bird to stay off shoulder entirely,

Linda

Sep 10, 2011
Parrot nipping ears
by: Tracie

It is normal for most birds to want to nip your ears and face. We have some training material on our Parrot Training page that you can read for more information on teaching your bird an alternate behavior. This software will not allow for long posts, and this is not a quick and easy process.

Read the article on green cheek biting too, even though you don't have a green cheek. Basically learning what your bird doesn't like, and then doing that every time it bites is the answer. For our birds it was that it didn't like going back to the cage. So my husband saying, "nooooo" in a firm but gentle voice and returning the bird to the cage over and over and over again finally trained the bird not to bite me.

Remember that allowing a parrot on your shoulder opens the possibility for bad bites on your face if it ever throws a temper tantrum.

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