Parrot Biting | How To Stop It Quick

Parrot Biting

 October 4th, 2012
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Parrot biting is the number one behavior problem developed in pet parrots; along side the screaming, the mess and possible plucking, parrot biting seems to be the first thing parrot owners want to cure. After all, it hurts! And not just physically, emotionally too.

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When it comes to parrot biting, you need to be aware of the different types of biting that come from parrots. For example…

Reasons for parrot biting

  • Fear based – Your parrot bites out of fear
  • Aggression – Your bird bites out of aggression
  • Territorial – Your bird bites out of becoming territorial over spaces (like his cage), places (dark corners), people (his favorite person) or things (favorite toys)
  • Hormones – You didn’t realize you were provoking your bird’s hormones and now he’s frustrated
  • Trained – Most owners have unintentionally TRAINED their parrots to bite them in order to get the outcome they desire (like maybe going back to their cage when the owner considers that punishment, the parrot considers that the reward!)

Why is my parrot biting me?

Different reasons for your parrot biting you requires different methods for stopping it. For instance, you can’t use the same training techniques on an aggressively mean parrot who attacks you when you come around the corner as you would use on the parrot who retreats into his cage and lashes out at you in fear.

With fear based parrot biting there are different phases of fear, and depending on which phase your bird is at determines what course of action you should take to stop it. Parrots that bite out of fear have fear to overcome before you can work on anything else. Often times you want to work on the bird’s own self confidence and get through the primary stages of fear with your bird so it can learn to trust you through the process and look at you as a safe, place of comfort rather than just another thing in its environment to be afraid of. Expert bird trainer Chet Womach outlines these phases of fear and mistrust in what’s called our Total Transformation Series. He talks about how to recognize what fear looks like so you know exactly how to overcome your bird’s fear based biting.

With aggressive parrot biting, there are so many easy and immediate changes you can make in your parrot’s environment to change the entire attitude of your parrot that you just may not have been aware of before. Often times parrots are biting and lashing out at their owners because they are simply not in good health; just like a person who doesn’t eat well doesn’t feel well, the same goes for parrots. A change in diet might be just the thing your parrot needs along with some extra bond building games that get your bird stimulated both mentally and physically. Our natural feeding system is designed to get even the pickiest eating, junk food loving parrots onto a healthy, nutritious diet that not only makes your parrot feel better but visually look better too from healthy skin, beak and nails and especially plumage (make those feathers bright and colorful as they should be!)

Here at our expert parrot trainers believe whole heartedly in keeping companion parrots fully flighted and using flight as a means of healthy exercise. When our own birds go into see the vet, the vet always comments about how muscular our parrots are and nowadays how people with parrots keep them clipped in a cage and they become unhealthy, unhappy ‘perch potatoes’. Keep your parrot active and happy with our monthly newsletter that outlines easy to advanced tricks and tips for keeping your parrot active and happy! We call it our Parrot Magic Newsletter because it’s written by expert parrot trainer and freeflight bird trainer Dave Womach and is designed to entertain both you and your bird as well as give you ideas on how to be a better companion to your bird.

You will be amazed at the changes in your bird’s aggression once you start offering him some games to play with you and give him a task to work at. Unlike dog training, parrots are NOT trained like dogs and you cannot COMMAND them around and do tons of training. So a few minutes per day will do the trick as long as you’e working on the proper steps to eliminate behavior problems like parrot biting.  We teach how to obtain the ideal human-parrot friendship best in our One Day Miracles where we show real families struggling with severe parrot biting of all types and how to fix it in just one day. This series is packed with “Ah-ha” moments you don’t want to miss!

Parrot biting problems 

Most parrot parrot biting problems stem from how your parrot has trained you instead of the other way around. If you’re one of those who think ‘my parrot doesn’t need to be trained to do tricks, I don’t care about that! I just want to stop my parrot biting problems!’ well I’ve got news for you – once you implement parrot training with your parrot, you will both enjoy the absolute heck out of it! And, every single interaction with your bird should be viewed as a ‘training session’ because in truth, it is. You are training your bird on a daily basis whether you like it or not. However, in most cases, the birds are training the people!

Especially around the Spring and Falls seasons, parrots get hormonal and show severe signs of aggression and become territorial of their favorite person usually biting everyone else who comes near and sometimes even their favorite person too. Hormones, or “Spring Horror-Mones” as we call them, are not something to take lightly and need to be addressed properly or you can end up with a very frustrated and angry parrot year after year. Learn how to AVOID spring horror-mones and what to do when they arise, as well as how to help the rest of your family deal with the family pet too.

In most homes the parrot will like one person more than anyone else. This is not only unhealthy for the rest of the family who is left out but mainly for the bird. Parrots are naturally social creatures and encouraging that in our homes is very important. We believe in a training technique we call the “60/40 rule” which we outline in great depth (as it’s one thing no households seem to do on their own without being told) on our One Day Miracles series. All the techniques outlined in our training programs are techniques we use in our own homes with our own parrots. Not only do we outline what TO DO, but we also show and talk about what NOT to do and what to avoid so that nothing is left unanswered in our programs – they’re designed to help you and your parrot succeed.

How to stop my parrot biting problems

Even if your parrot biting problems have been going on for years, or maybe they just started occurring recently… no matter how severe your parrot’s biting is, we at can help! It’s not as complicated as you might think and results can happen so drastically with every small step in the right direction.

For daily parrot related articles on helpful topics from our parrot experts, check out more articles on our parrot training blog. For immediate results for your parrot biting problems and how to stop your parrot biting problems today, find out which course is best for you and your bird by contacting our customer service and explaining what type of parrot biting your parrot inhibits. You can email us directly at or call us today at (877) 314-7066. Or you can ask us on facebook and see what our customers are saying about our products there!

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6 Comments on “Parrot Biting”

Chris de Beer  10/11/2012 7:24 am

I would love to stop clipping my parrot Babe’s wings but a couple of years ago when we had left her wings too long, I had her on my shoulder in the garden and she had a fright and flew off. I absolutely panicked and had total strangers helping me to look for her! Luckily, we had taught her a specific whistle which she responds to and so were able to eventually hear her answering from the top of a neighbour’s tree. The next problem was getting access to the tree and persuading one scared bird to descend! Since then we have kept her wings clipped as I have no idea how I could take her outside safely otherwise. What do you suggest? Chris de Beer

Ariel  10/11/2012 3:08 pm

I wasn’t interested in teaching my sun conure tricks, but followed BirdTricks advice, and I’m glad I did. First I changed her diet. Very surprising how much that improved her moods. And learning a little trick opened communication between us. Actually, she does the little trick (opening her wings) to reward me when I do something she approves of. Or when she has something to say and wants my attention. In that case, she does the trick but refuses the reward so as to get me to ask what she wants instead.

Lynda Lawrence  10/16/2012 6:39 pm

If you follow bird tricks program, and do the clicker stick training basics, you will be able to stop your biting build trust and train tricks with your bird. Amazons are one of the most head strong parrots, and training them can prove difficult for a first time owner. My amazon is on bird tricks program for tricks and behavior management, and is doing well. He performed in a pet show I had from 95- 06. I trained him before discovering the bird tricks family. I had to close my road show from a car accident. I then invested in the bird tricks program to help with my Amazons bordom from not going out to shows 5x a week.
I have trained other exotic animals such as rats, hamsters turtles, and ferrets using techniques very simlar to bird tricks program.
techniques by bird tricks are correct, gentle and modifys behavior. You as the trainer must read/listen/look at , and understand the material before applying it to the bird, or you will fail.
Sometimes your bird’s behavior can become worse just after a new technique is applied. You have to be consistant and not give up, this is how a behavior will some cases This happens when trying to do behavior modification with children. They may mometarily scream longer when applying a new time out technique. Stick to the technique and the child calms down.
This is how I see it. In the mind of an experienced bird owner who has used the bird tricks program, and has profressionally presented a parret in shows for many years.

Dana  03/07/2013 2:54 pm

I have a Parrotlet and he used to be sweet and nice to everyone…now he is biting me and others (hard) and doing lunge bits. No matter what I do nothing works … I am so confused because he used to be nice and now he is unpredictable. His wings are not clipped and he is almost a year..

Deirdre Owens  03/19/2013 10:01 am

My very playful and social lovebird hops right over to me every morning (this is good) but as soon as I try to put food in the cage, he would rather chew on the hand thats feeding him (this is bad)
should I JUST STOP FEEDING HIM ALTOGETHER? (just kidding..I think) I really love his enthusiastic spiit he is definiteky not frightened, I consider it undirecrd play. HOW DO I TALK BIRD LANGUAGE?

Bren +Nivala  11/27/2013 9:29 pm

My Pineapple Conure started biting awhile back.
He bites the little grandkids when on my shoulder,if they come close to me! Unacceptable!
Also if hears certain sounds(crunching paper or bags,hates the Windex bottle,and hates when I am on phone!tonite I had to salad dressing jars in my hands when putting it away.He bite so hard I cried and it is bruised and a bump!!
What the neck???anyone else have this happen? Rainy a boy, is only little over a year .