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Old 05-14-2019, 01:07 PM
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My name is Robert and Iím new to the forum. Me and my girlfriend recently purchased Mango a pineapple GCC and mango was very calm and polite in the pet store but when we brought mango home the bird started biting. I was wondering what are ways to fix this behavior. The bird is about 5 months old if that is important.
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My name is Robert and Iím new to the forum. Me and my girlfriend recently purchased Mango a pineapple GCC and mango was very calm and polite in the pet store but when we brought mango home the bird started biting. I was wondering what are ways to fix this behavior. The bird is about 5 months old if that is important.



I figured Iíd show off mango. I would like to say thank you to everyone who takes the time to read this post. Any advice would be helpful we have a budgie we have taken care of for almost a year so far also, so this isnít are first bird but we would still consider ourself inexperienced.



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Old 05-14-2019, 01:27 PM
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Re: Conure biting

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My name is Robert and Iím new to the forum. Me and my girlfriend recently purchased Mango a pineapple GCC and mango was very calm and polite in the pet store but when we brought mango home the bird started biting. I was wondering what are ways to fix this behavior. The bird is about 5 months old if that is important.
How long is mango with you now? maybe he needs time to adapt in his new environment.
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My name is Robert and Iím new to the forum. Me and my girlfriend recently purchased Mango a pineapple GCC and mango was very calm and polite in the pet store but when we brought mango home the bird started biting. I was wondering what are ways to fix this behavior. The bird is about 5 months old if that is important.


How long is mango with you now? maybe he needs time to adapt in his new environment.


Mango has been with us for 3 days so far and very much likes human interaction(she was hand raised by the breeder) weíve been trying to keep mango from going on your head and I recently lowered the cage because it was higher than us. We also donít take mango from the cage we let mango come to us.


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Re: Conure biting

Hi! These little guys can be nippy! Make sure though, that you are not misinterpreting him trying to beak you out to just see what things feel like and taste! They should be light nibbles as he learns to control pressure!
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Hi! These little guys can be nippy! Make sure though, that you are not misinterpreting him trying to beak you out to just see what things feel like and taste! They should be light nibbles as he learns to control pressure!


They are occasionally hard enough to break skin.


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Re: Conure biting

Welcome to the forum, Robert & Mango! I hope you get the help you're looking for!

What sort of body language is he giving before he bites? How do you react when he bites you? Is there a pattern for before he bites?
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Old 05-14-2019, 03:32 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Robert & Mango! I hope you get the help you're looking for!

What sort of body language is he giving before he bites? How do you react when he bites you? Is there a pattern for before he bites?


To be honest Iím not too sure of conure body language but Iíve been doing research. I will say mango bite everything my shirt the cage everything and with varying strengths. Mango doesnít head bob when he bites which Iíve heard is defensive body language. But when he bites his feathers are tight against his body and he slowly bites harder. I push his beak off my skin or tilt/shake my hand(not aggressively) and I typically put him back in the cage and leave the room.


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Re: Conure biting

That does sound like defensive body behavior especially with the skinny bird feathers. Is he lowering his head and body when he does this?

Possibly he's figured out if he bites you hard enough, you'll leave the room and put him back into the cage. If so, that's the response he wants.

If you see him getting into aggressive stance and behavior, you need to distract and redirect his attention to something else. Then give him his space. Have you tried any training with him yet?


I've seen this thread shared a lot. It's got a lot of helpful tips on starting a trusting relationship with your parrot.


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Re: Conure biting

Hello Robert, welcome to you and Mango.

You’ve only been together for a few days, Mango needs time to learn to trust you. You might just need to slow down and allow him to settle into his new household. If he persists in biting you can use the “shunning” method. If he bites you, simply pop him gently down on the floor, or the back of a chair, walk away and leave him for 5 minutes or so. Don’t put him back in his cage as this may be what he wants! Go back to him and try again. Repeat the procedure if he bites you again. But I think he’ll come around given time, he sure is a cute little thing
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