Indian Ringneck Common Problems
Why Does My Indian Ringneck Bite Me?
Biting is the most common problem behavior with indian ringnecks. In order to understand why, you need a bit more information about your parrot’s species than you would expect to need to know as a parrot owner…but this information will help you.
Your bird is part of the psittacula genus of parrots which includes the alexandrine, derbyan and mustache parakeets, to name a few species. As a group, a very common trait among the psittacula is that they don’t care to be handled by their owners.
While some parrots are downright clingy, the indian ringneck prefers a hands-off relationship with their humans. This doesn’t mean they aren’t friendly – they are highly interactive with their owners and as fun and entertaining as any parrot can be. They just don’t like to be touched all the time.
This information is rarely shared by breeders or store employees with potential customers, some of whom are looking for a cuddly new pet. Heaven forbid a sale be lost. However, it is their most relevant characteristic because it can result in behavioral problems when poorly informed new owners unintentionally mishandle their new indian ringneck.
It is our human habit to lavish affection on a new pet when we first bring them home. We mean well, and we aim to make the newcomer feel loved, but while that might feel good to a puppy, it can feel forceful to a bird. When your bird is an indian ringneck, you can multiply that discomfort times ten.
It won’t be long before your bird is afraid when your hands are in their vicinity, and birds that are afraid – even the most even laid back bird, will eventually bite the hands that persist in handling him.
This makes training your indian ringneck a necessity. A trained bird will always step up and allow any necessary handling. There will be times when your bird needs to be placed into a carrier or harness or be examined by a vet. You should have the assurance that you can have these encounters with your indian ringneck without being bitten. Training will give you that.
Training has many practical applications, but especially so with a ringneck who might more comfortably be targeted to locations than carried under certain conditions. Most importantly, though, is developing a bond that is based on trust. When you are caring for a bird that isn’t nuts about the idea of human touch, trust is everything. Aside from targeting and tricks, part of what your bird learns through training is that you have good intentions and your hands are nothing to cause concern.
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