Ryan - Nanday biting

by Ryan
(Carlisle, Cumbria, England)

Hi, I have a 3 month old Nanday Conure, who is very friendly but bites me a lot. He lands on my shoulder and will go for my ears and neck, with no intention to be nasty.

I have distracted him using pieces of apple and done "up" "up" ladder steps to keep him on my hands, this works for a while but he still tries to get to my shoulder and the bites get harder when I try to get him back on my hand.

Please help

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Sep 29, 2009
Nancay Biting
by: Linda

Ryan, you are experiencing a common problem with birds on shoulders. You are doing things right except, DO NOT REWARD your bird for misbehavior. No more treats when he has been a naughty boy! Keep doing the ladder trick, and if he keeps going to your shoulder, put him on his play-top if he has one or a stand-alone perch. If you don't have either of these, you need to one of them. A lot of the cages come with the playtops, and I think they can also be bought separately to be put on a flat topped cage top or on a table. Free standing perches are made of small tree trunks with one or several branches on them and a place for food and water cups. You can look on the internet for the playtops and perches.

When your bird will not stay off shoulder, take him and put him elsewhere including back in his cage. He has to learn that biting is not accepted, and YOU MUST KEEP HIM AWAY FROM YOUR EYES AND FACE. Some very nasty injuries occur when birds are on shoulders. Birds should always be kept at eye-level as being higher than you or on your shoulder gives them too much power. Birds in flocks play the "King of the Mountain" game where the tallest bird is the BEST and the leader.

Tracie has some training materials and resources on her Parrot Training page,, so you may wish to take a look at them. There is also a world of information on the internet as well, so make use of it. Before training bird, take him to an Avian Vet for a checkup to make sure he is healthy and not ill. Sick birds are irritable, and will not learn new things if they feel bad.

Keep us posted on your progress, and please, no more treats for a bad birdy. You do need to love and support him, and this is what you are going to do. You are going to help him become a good birdy citizen that does not bite people. Good Luck and God's Speed! Write back anytime, as we are always here and happy to talk with you!


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