Anonymous asked in PetsBirds · 1 decade ago

My bird is violent?

When I go to see my bird (Parakeet) she gets all crazy on me trying to bit me. So I play fight with her and she really bit me hard. i dont know why she do this. On other days she is my best friend I think its I mean on regular day she would try following me and always being next to me. Whats her problem?


For one Playfighting i think is fine with my birds because there would be a day i put my finger out I put it on her foot like saying to her catch me if you can (I dont really fight with her) and she be trying to dodge me and if she catch me she dont even bit me hard infact she dont bit me, she just grab my finger- to indicate she got me. So how are you going to say I cant playfight with her.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    It's called "overload" behaviour, and you are encouraging it. You neglected to say what species this is, but you need to learn about that particular species' BODY LANGUAGE. Not all species are the same. One thing for sure is that when she is getting too excited you will see immediately that her pupils are "pinning". This means they are alternately becoming larger and smaller, very quickly, back and forth. The bird will be giving you other clues which you must learn to read. One thing for sure you NEVER, EVER "playfight" with a parrot. This is NOT a puppy or kitten. A parrot can perceive this as life-threatening. It is also probably that on top of parrot "overload behaviour" she is trying to get you to stop it because it is upsetting her. You haven't bothered to learn about her species' innate behaviour and so you miss all the signals she tries to give you. Finally, when you just refuse to cut it out she has to bite you in order to get your full and undivided attention. You should never punish her; you will screw her up psychologically that way. After all, remember, the fault is ENTIRELY yours. Good luck and do some research so you can understand the messages your parrot is trying to convey to you:

    "The Game"

    "Keep-away" was his favorite game. The yellow-nape laughed with delight as he chased after the squeaky ball as fast as his short little legs could carry him. Grabbing hold of the soft rubber ball, he rolled over on his back. Squeezing it excitedly, he squealed in imitation of the shrill repetitive noise that it made. As the ball exploded out from his grasp, his owner grabbed it and tossed it to her friend.

    The parrot ran after the ball so fast, he tripped over his own feet at least a half dozen times. Just as he got to the person with the ball, she rolled it back to his owner. He turned and half running, half flying (almost like a coot running on water) reached his owner at the same time as the ball. She grabbed it first. The Amazon reached out with his beak and grabbed her hand instead, biting her severely. The fun was over and the parrot's owner was bleeding and shocked. My client wanted to know why had her sweet, tame pet suddenly turned into a vicious, aggressive monster?

    Excitement Overload

    The Amazon was not being vicious or aggressive. The playful yellow-nape had reached the level of excitement I call 'Overload.' A parrot (often an Amazon but certainly other species also exhibit this behavior) becomes over-stimulated and reaches a point when its behavior becomes frenzied. My guess is that when a parrot becomes that over-stimulated, its actions are not simply behavioral. Perhaps adrenaline, or epinephrine, is secreted into the blood stream putting the bird into some sort of 'super' mode? Adrenaline is a hormone secreted by the adrenal gland that enables an animal to meet sudden dangers and emergencies with physiological changes.

    This would occur in the wild when a parrot must fight to defend its family, flock, or territory. The over-excitement may send a confusing message to the companion parrot's brain resulting in 'overload' behavior which the parrot has no control over. I have no evidence for this except for my many observations of pet parrots who drastically change behavior when there is a great deal of excitement.

    This is not a time when the UP command will work from an assertive owner. The owner who attempts to pick their bird during 'overload' induced behavior will certainly regret trying (might as well put your hand in the garbage disposal!?! I doubt that there is any modification that could change this 'overload' behavior as it seems to be beyond the parrot's conscious control. However, I feel that if the owner recognizes 'overload' as a possibility in certain situations, changes can be made in the way the parrot is handled during these situations.

    My client didn't have to stop playing 'keep-away' with her yellow-nape. She just has to watch closely and notice when he becomes over excited When his squealing becomes more intense, his eyes dilate and his head feathers stand on end, she leaves the yellow nape to play with the ball by himself and waits for him to play out his energy and settle down. She also purchased a net to swoop the ball into if the parrot becomes totally out of control. In addition, I showed her how to gently throw a towel on top of her parrot from the front, wrap him up in it and take him to his cage safely if she needs to before he calms down.

    'Predictably Unpredictable'

    Amazons have a reputation for being unpredictable. My feeling is that they are quite predictable in their unpredictability. If owners pay close attention to their parrot, they will learn to read the barometers of Amazon behavior and prevent situations that create both 'overload' and confusion. Conflict between the natural behaviors and the artificial environment can also create confusion which may result in predictable and therefore preventable aggressive behavior. Although it is true that an owner who has established nurturing dominance over their parrot will experience far less aggressive behavior, a parrot in 'overload' or one being stimulated by instincts is not acting in a conscious manner.

    The classic example is the shoulder tame Amazon that instinctively must defend its territory and mate against intruders. Bonding to our heads and perceiving our shoulders and body as some sort of 'moving tree branch,' the bird instinctively will defend its perceived 'mate' and territory from intruders. When an Amazon is allowed to sit on its owners shoulder, this confused defense may include a good beak poke at its owners face (most likely to try and make the mate leave the area of danger) when a family member enters the room.

    I've known more than one Amazon owner with facial scars and hurt feelings from otherwise tame parrots. This is not a conscious decision on the parrot's part and should not be taken as a personal attack. It was not the parrot's fault and in truth, the parrot can be trusted again if the owner learns to pay attention to body language and follow some simple rules to prevent aggression in their parrot. Changing the Amazon's instinctive behavior may not be possible in this kind of situation. The simple solution is to be aware that this can happen and not to allow an Amazon parrot on your shoulder, especially if it is strongly bonded to you and has tried to 'defend' you from other family members.

    If you insist on having your parrot on your shoulder, care should be taken to shield your face when others who may be perceived as a threat enter the room. By paying attention and understanding 'overload' and possible instinctive confusion, the owner can prevent many problem situations. A pet parrot is not bad or mean because it behaves in a natural instinctive way in its confusing artificial environment. To guarantee a positive parrot/human relationship, the owner must accept responsibility in understanding and avoiding the situations that produce this kind of problem behavior.

    NOTE: Amazons are not the only parrot that experiences Overload Behavior. It can occur with any companion parrot if the situation is conducive.


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  • 1 decade ago

    Those days when she is trying to bite you if it is hard (which is what you said it was) she just isnt interested in being bothered at that time. It is a show of dominance and the best thing to do is not to pull back or "Play fight" during those times. When she is doing that you should go ahead and pick her up anyway or continue to try and get her to "step up" on your hand. Do not back away or stop until she steps up, and once she does step up give her a lot of praise.

    Birds dont bite in the wild, this is something they started in captivation. Birds bite out of aggression, being scared, being territorial.

    Things that can help with bonding: Do not put any mirrors in her cage. Many birds (not all birds) who have mirrors in the cage will bond to their own reflection and not to you, seems odd but it does happen quite often.

    Many birds get cage aggresive, give her plenty of time outside the cage with you. Also rearrange her cage at least once every two weeks which will help her to deal with change, and may help her to not be cage aggressive.

    Spend a lot of quality time just one on one with your bird. Talk softly to her and praise her when being good. Offer treats.

    Also, if you have your bird on a poor diet it will cause her to have issues. Make sure she is a on a good well balanced diet of pellets, seeds, fresh fruits and veggies, cuttle bone, mineral block, fresh water twice daily changed.

    Good luck with your fid (Feathered kid) hon.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I'm not suprised your bird is biting you. What you are doing is annoying your bird and she is getting very frustrated!! This is NOT the way to play with a bird. You are actually TEASING your bird,and if you continue she will become more and more aggressive. Please stop doing this, and you will find, over time,your bird will return to normal. Female birds are much more aggressive than males by nature. Your bird is becoming very stressed and I fear you may actually kill your her. Please stop your so called play fighting!!!!

    Source(s): Very experienced bird owner!
  • Jusme
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Its all a question of dominance. If you want her to be dominant and don't mind playing second fiddle to her bossy ways then you will be just fine. I would question the idea of letting her bite you. Because if she plays with others, she might bite them very hard and that wouldn't be good.

    But if you are fine with it. Have fun with your bird!

    Source(s): 30 years of hanging with budgies
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  • 4 years ago

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  • lin
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Like my tiel, if you don't give them the amount of attention they are used to they will nip and think in their mind, where were you? I had keets also a while back and again attention to what they were accustomed to really help them and me realize we need to keep up a routine, we need to realize that they are a part of us as much as they think you are a part of them. If your routine has changed let you social keets adjust to it. Good Luck, and um to keets have pms? Sorry Good luck and enjoy your keet.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    She probably has mood swings. Try taking her to the vet, and every time you see her wear heavy gardening gloves. Thats what i do with my birds cuz they bite sumtimes too.. good luck!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    keep a distance and slowly aproach the bird over time. it might take a while!

  • 1 decade ago

    are you asking??.Well I don't call it violence,it is more like bad temper! I asked her dad and he said from his hospital bed,"She is not as bad as her mum!!!!.

    I should think "Christmas time" , "turkey" "parakeet" !!

    This could just be the final solution

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    have u checkd 2 c if shes pregnant

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