Petting or scratching a bird anywhere other than the head and neck is, unfortunately, perceived by the bird as foreplay, if you'll pardon the expression! GCCs reach sexual maturity at around the age of two years, some will mature earlier and some later. Even if your GCC is younger than that, it's not something you want to get him into the habit of expecting. It might look cute now, but it may very well backfire spectacularly and result in a very bitey and bad tempered bird when he reaches "that" age.Hello you beautiful bunch! I hope everyone is well including your feathered friends! Lol. I have another question for you all if that is ok? I have been told by multiple people that we should not, under any circumstances stroke Nibbles on the back. The trouble with that is... he loves a cuddle! He will lean on to our hands and move his head around to where he wants to be loved lol. Sometimes he turns around making it difficult to not touch his back. He isn't pushing his back into us or anything it is just how he moves. At this very moment he is snuggled into the Mr's hand getting a head scratch and nearly asleep! I was wondering if anyone could elaborate further on the reasons for avoiding his back and wings please? Thank you all in advance!