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Lovebird Biting (Part 1)


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Just like any other parrot, lovebirds have behavioral issues. Lovebirds are intelligent creatures and are continuously challenging their owners in many ways. Some bite, scream, chew, or pluck. Whatever the issue, it can usually be worked out. Keep in mind that it is going to take some patience and time. Any pet owner knows that success does not come overnight. Like other animals, lovebirds require training and teaching to be successful and obedient in their environments. A little time and persistence is the key. Never get discouraged if results are not immediate. Pet owners can get good results if they put the proper time into molding their pets’ behavior.

Reasons Lovebirds Bite

Lovebirds bite for many reasons. Some bite out of fear, others to protect their territory, and some to get your attention. Whatever the reason, it is important to analyze the problem from the birds prospective. Just like people, birds can also get frustrated. This frustration can bring them to express their moods through biting or nipping. Though not all lovebirds will bite, most owners will encounter getting bitten at least once or twice, some on a regular basis. It’s important to understand that most behaviors can be changed.

Bonded Biting

It should be noted that lovebirds can be very jealous. These species mate for life. As a result, they tend to bite people who they perceive as a threat to their relationship. This can include family members or people the lovebird rarely sees. This is why lovebirds can bite when a stranger or a family member enters the room. Your lovebird is trying to tell you to stay away. Keep in mind, lovebirds cannot talk or communicate like we do, so the lovebird resorts to biting. In the lovebird’s eyes, it’s hoping to distract you and remove you from that environment.

In a lovebird colony, a jealous lovebird will be quick to put its competitor in their place by using aggression—family members or friends are not exempt.

Remedying this problem takes time and persistence. The owner must show the parrot that interaction with other people should not be looked at as a threat. Letting the lovebird know that other people can be enjoyable takes time. Have friends or family members interact, pet, and feed the bird. If the lovebird’s aggression is unbearable, gradually introduce the lovebird to a social situation. Start by placing your lovebird on a stand when company is present and encourage them to talk or offer treats to the bird. This helps ease the parrot and subsides feelings of jealousy. The bird will be focused on receiving attention or food rather then fighting to keep people away from you. Most lovebirds show aggression towards the beginning, but if practiced, it will become routine and the lovebird will be more open to letting others interact with it.

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