Why does my mini severe yellow collared macaw peck me?

by Becky Poock
(Waterloo, IA USA)

I have had my mini macaw (Max) for a few months, we have a good relationship, but when he gets on my shoulder he pecks my shoulders, neck and hair, what does this mean?
He acts like he wants to bite my husband when he walks by, that is new also. Any ideas??

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Mar 06, 2012
Macaw pecking you
by: Tracie

You are allowing your bird to use you as it's play toy. Many birds love to "preen" hair on our skin and head and pick at our wounds too. Allowing your bird on your shoulder will allow your bird to attack your face if it gets startled or angry, by the way.

The bird may prefer you, and therefore tries to scare your husband away. You can help the bird accept your husband by working with it. My husband helped our birds not attack me when they got hormonal and decided I was the devil incarnate.

For some training help, please read the articles on our Parrot Training page and specifically read the one about the biting green cheek conure. That is the one that tells the story of how my husband trained our green cheeks to not bite me.

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