Parrot Forum Header Left  
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > Species Specific > Conures

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 06-26-2020, 09:32 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2020
Thanks: 8
Thanked 8 Times in 6 Posts
tweetya is on a distinguished road
Conure spitting on me

Hi just wondering if it's normal for my GCC to spit on me.

My bird is just chilling on my shoulder, his favourite spot, then all of a sudden he starts spitting on my neck.

I am so confused about this behaviour.

Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to tweetya For This Useful Post:
Scott  (06-27-2020)
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 06-27-2020, 01:17 AM
Senior Member
Parrots:
Albino Cockatiel (Ghost) Crimson Bellied Conure (Echo) Yellow Sided Green Cheek Conure (Ari) Pied Kakariki(Inca and Maya) Galah(Opal)
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Australia
Thanks: 144
Thanked 478 Times in 241 Posts
Talven is on a distinguished road
Re: Conure spitting on me

That sounds like regurgitation or vomiting. I would say most likely regurgitation. Basically your bird is trying to feed you.

Are there any other behaviours to go with this?
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Talven For This Useful Post:
birdiemama (06-30-2020), Scott  (06-27-2020)
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 06-27-2020, 09:09 AM
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2020
Thanks: 8
Thanked 8 Times in 6 Posts
tweetya is on a distinguished road
Re: Conure spitting on me

Quote: Originally Posted by Talven View Post
That sounds like regurgitation or vomiting. I would say most likely regurgitation. Basically your bird is trying to feed you.

Are there any other behaviours to go with this?
No, there are no other behaviours. I would be on my computer watching a video while he's preening on my neck and he would do that.

Although, this morning he started bopping his head and he vomited a little bit of his food. Is that normal? It happened twice already, the first time being 4 days ago.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to tweetya For This Useful Post:
birdiemama (06-30-2020), Scott  (06-27-2020)
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 06-27-2020, 10:35 AM
Jen5200's Avatar
Supporting Member
Parrots:
Baby - Sun Conure; Tango - GCC; Bindi - Sun Conure; Stanley - Pineapple GCC; Screamer “Scree” - Cockatiel; Mr Tee - Pineapple GCC
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Washington State
Thanks: 3,739
Thanked 4,022 Times in 1,419 Posts
Jen5200 is on a distinguished road
Re: Conure spitting on me

It does sound like regurgitation to me as well. You can google parrot regurgitation videos and check the behaviour to see if it matches. It can happen during periods of hormones.
__________________
Jen
Baby (Sun conure adopted in 2016, hatched approx 2011, female)
Tango (GCC adopted in 2016, hatched approx 2014, female)
Bindi (Sun conure adopted Jan 2018, hatched approx 2011, female)
Screamer (Cockatiel adopted April 2018, hatched approx 2012, female)
Stanley (Pineapple GCC adopted Aug 2018, hatched approx 2014, male)
Mr Tee (Pineapple GCC adopted Jul 2019, hatched approx 2015, possibly male)
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Jen5200 For This Useful Post:
Scott  (06-27-2020), tweetya (06-28-2020)
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 06-27-2020, 12:30 PM
Scott's Avatar
Super Moderator
Parrots:
Goffins: Gabby, Abby, Squeaky, Peanut, Popcorn / Citron: Alice / Eclectus: Angel /Timneh Grey: ET / Blue Fronted Amazon: Gonzo / RIP Gandalf and Big Bird, you are missed.
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: San Diego, California USA, Earth, Milky Way Galaxy
Thanks: 97,655
Thanked 49,423 Times in 16,983 Posts
Scott is on a distinguished road
Re: Conure spitting on me

Agree with above comments, likely regurgitation. Are you able to video the behavior? If so, best uploaded to the forum via YouTube.
__________________
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Scott For This Useful Post:
tweetya (06-28-2020)
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 06-27-2020, 01:39 PM
Senior Member
Parrots:
Umbrella Cockatoo- 13 years old
Join Date: Jul 2018
Thanks: 5,553
Thanked 10,343 Times in 4,189 Posts
noodles123 will become famous soon enough
Re: Conure spitting on me

ASSUMING THIS IS A HEALTHY BIRD WHO IS NOT THROWING UP...(A vet could confirm this..)


You want to make sure you are not a sexual object to your bird, as this is often a sexual behavior (assuming it is regurgitation and not vomiting)...it is a sign of affection, but its a sex thing when they reach a certain age, so you can be secretly honored that your bird likes you A LOT, but DO NOT lead your bird on, and don't encourage it in a younger bird, because it won't be appropriate in the future..

Don't attend to this behavior in any way (no scolding, no commenting etc...you want to act like it didn't happen and change the subject if you think it will happen or if it just did). It's a nice gesture, but not one you can follow through on, so...for your bird's sake (and for yours) make sure you aren't considered a mate in this equation.


1. NO SNUGGLE HUTS/TENTS/ access to shady or dark spaces in or around the cage (including boxes, drawers, low shelves, under clothes, under pillows, under furniture, etc etc).

2. 10-12 hours sleep nightly on a schedule.

3. PET ON HEAD AND NECK ONLY-- anything else is like foreplay and no matter how much the bird likes it, you don't want to take that route because if you can't "do the deed" with your bird, eventually you will be on the "poop" end of the stick...if you get my drift...

Last edited by noodles123; 06-27-2020 at 07:07 PM.
Reply With Quote
The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to noodles123 For This Useful Post:
birdiemama (06-30-2020), clark_conure Supporting Member (06-29-2020), Scott  (06-27-2020), tweetya (06-28-2020)
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 06-27-2020, 04:22 PM
Alembic772's Avatar
Member
Parrots:
Basil - male Solomon Island Eclectus, 22 years old.
Join Date: May 2020
Thanks: 37
Thanked 135 Times in 50 Posts
Alembic772 is on a distinguished road
Re: Conure spitting on me

It appears your bird is trying to bond with you. While it may seem disgusting, it is the highest form of affection it can show you.

But as the others have said be careful, as it can lead to more problems as it becomes older.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Alembic772 For This Useful Post:
clark_conure Supporting Member (06-29-2020), Scott  (06-27-2020), tweetya (06-28-2020)
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 06-27-2020, 05:52 PM
Senior Member
Parrots:
Albino Cockatiel (Ghost) Crimson Bellied Conure (Echo) Yellow Sided Green Cheek Conure (Ari) Pied Kakariki(Inca and Maya) Galah(Opal)
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Australia
Thanks: 144
Thanked 478 Times in 241 Posts
Talven is on a distinguished road
Re: Conure spitting on me

The head bobbing is usually linked with regurgitation as the action seems to help with bringing the food up however it can also be linked with plain vomiting. Best thing you can do is go to a vet and get a checkup to rule out any sort of illness.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Talven For This Useful Post:
Scott  (06-27-2020), tweetya (06-28-2020)
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 06-28-2020, 07:29 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2020
Thanks: 8
Thanked 8 Times in 6 Posts
tweetya is on a distinguished road
Re: Conure spitting on me

Hi! Thank you all for your comments, suggestions, and advice. I just walked away and ignored him for a few hours to discourage the behaviour and it seemed to work.

He had a mirror and likes to look at himself, I thought that could be a reason why he's hormones were triggered. He probably thought there was another bird or something. I took away the mirror for a couple of days.

He rarely regurgitates now.

Last edited by tweetya; 06-28-2020 at 07:31 PM.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to tweetya For This Useful Post:
noodles123 (06-28-2020)
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 06-29-2020, 11:23 AM
clark_conure's Avatar
Supporting Member
Parrots:
Cinnamon Green Cheeked Conure CLARK (F) and a Regular Green Cheeked Conure ZOD (F)
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Minnesota
Thanks: 1,584
Thanked 3,337 Times in 1,492 Posts
clark_conure is on a distinguished road
Re: Conure spitting on me

Alembic772 typed what I would have typed......
Reply With Quote
Reply

Lower Navigation
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > Species Specific > Conures

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Conure spitting up food?! KiwiDaConure97 Conures 4 01-02-2018 04:24 AM
Food spitting?? MissEk4Ferio Cockatiels 5 09-30-2017 09:58 AM
Venom in My Eyes!: Working with Spitting Cobras findi NonFeathered Pets 2 11-25-2014 10:35 PM
Spitting chips!!! Betrisher Off Topic 6 08-11-2013 11:10 PM
Pineapple Green Cheeked Conure / Sun Conure / Macaw (Mini) Ani_Banani Conures 5 11-27-2012 09:09 PM



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.