Suddenly Aggressive Senegal
by Erin Downs
My senegal GB is a loving sweet little guy with me but tolerates everyone else in my household. There is one individual in the family who loves the bird but the feelings are not mutual. GB is slightly cage aggressive with her and she recently has been bitten twice on the face when she was putting him back in his cage. He has also been aggressive when she feeds him.
We try to make sure that he is fed by different people in the family as to try and make him more friendly with everyone. The bitten person does not over react just tells GB "That wasn't nice" in a soft but upset tone. He does well with this type of training. He sometimes gets upset with me and will nip at me when I try to take him off my shoulder and I firmly tell him "no" and he knows he is in the wrong and he steps up for me. He has been very good with all of us and it seems like the times he bits this family member are very random.
The 2nd time he bit her in the face it had been after a nice day that she had him on her lap petting him all over. He normally is even a little reluctant to have his head pet by anyone but me but he still enjoys it. On that day she pet him all over and for a very long time and then after a while she put him back in his cage (she even has to have him step up onto a stick) and she leaned in to put him on a branch and he scurried to her and bit her on the face.
Other then that he has been normal. The person being bitten wants to keep the relationship but is now fearful of being bitten. I don't want them to loose what they have.