Senegal Parrot

Why does my parrot pick on my face? It eventually leaves a pimple like bump. How can I get her to quit.

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Jan 03, 2011
Senegal parrot picking your face
by: Tracie

Some birds just love to pick spots. One of our birds will pick at the freckles on my arm if I let it.

Until you teach your bird what "no" means, you will need to keep the bird away from your face. Please read some of the training articles on our Parrot Training page to get an understanding about how to teach your bird alternate behaviors.

Training takes a ton of time and patience. I have to admit that I certainly do not have the time to train birds that are tough to train. My husband has more patience and is more willing to take the time, thankfully. ;-)

Jan 03, 2011
Senegal Parrot
by: Linda

Keep the bird away from your face entirely. Keep her off your shoulder and do not allow her near your face, ears or neck. Some very severe injuries happen to people who allow their birds onto their shoulders. It means retraining her, and there are some links about training here, and also more on the internet in general.

When I say severe injuries, I mean eyes put out, lips split that have to have stiches, ear lobes bitten off and on and on.

Please, any and all of you reading this, get your birds OFF your shoulders and away from your face. Do not allow them near face because sooner or later something will startle bird or bird will meet someone they don't like, and if they are on your shoulder, near your face, YOU will be the one to get bit and these bites can be severe requiring a trip to emergency room.

Thanks for writing and always keep in mind the parrots, each and every one of them, are exotic wild animals whether they've been handfed or not. Under certain stressors, they revert back to wild behaviors, and can and do hurt the people they love dearly. This does not mean they don't love you anymore, it means you need to understand who you have when you take a parrot for a pet. You have an exotic wild animal with the ability to do severe damage if a situation seems to warrant it from a bird's point of view. This warning is not to make anyone afraid of their parrot, just to help you understand who and what your parrot is really. Respect them, and make sure they also respect you...

Linda

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