How to Stop Your Parrot From Biting

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Biting parrots are much more common than you might think. All pet birds bite. This is not to say that all birds are aggressive, but it should be a good warning to anyone thinking about getting a parrot or any other type of bird as a pet. Sooner or later you are likely to get bitten, and it will be painful.

Why do parrots bite?

Just because a bird bites you doesn’t mean it’s mean or aggressive or that it has no attachment to you. Parrots, which are hooked birds, use their beaks for a variety of tasks: grooming, eating, climbing, and playing. Parrots often use their beaks instead of their hands to reach for toys, food, perches, and sometimes their owner. If your bird is normally well-behaved, you should check to see if your parrot is actually biting you or if it is just using its beak in a normal, healthy way.


Another possibility is that your bird is biting you out of fear. Even hand-fed parrots as babies can develop a fear of humans if they are not consistently socialized. If your bird has come to you as an adult, there are some factors it may have come into contact with that can cause fear bites. Even birds that are well-socialized and familiar with people can be afraid of something and bite their owner on impulse. By learning to gain your bird’s trust, you can alleviate his fears and save yourself a few sore ones.


If you can tell that your parrot is not playing, not trying to climb, not trying to pet you, or simply not afraid, then aggression may be the cause of your bird’s biting. Causes of aggressiveness in parrots include territorial behavior, hormonal fluctuations during puberty or breeding season, stress, lack of mental stimulation, and dominance issues, to name a few.

Take steps to eliminate any obvious factors that may be contributing to your bird’s aggressiveness.

  • Check the bird’s environment for elements that may cause discomfort. Is the cage near a drafty window?
  • Are there other pets in the house that may cause stress to your bird?

Make the necessary adjustments and monitor your bird’s reaction. The causes of aggressive biting are sometimes difficult to identify. Therefore, it is always a good idea to make an appointment with a veterinarian to rule out any health problems that may be contributing to your bird’s unwanted behavior.

How to stop biting

Biting is not only physically dangerous due to the power of a parrot’s beak, but also a sign that the bird itself is unhappy with some aspect of its situation. Every bird owner wants to make sure their feathered friends are happy. When problem behaviors occur, such as biting, it is important to act quickly to correct the problem before long-term behavior patterns develop. You can help calm your biting parrot and improve the relationship between the bird and its owner:

  • Handling and Taming Aggressive Parrots: Not all parrot owners are natural-born tamers, but almost anyone can get a bird to tame with patience and effort. Go to a neutral place, avoid yelling, build trust, focus on repetition, and bring treats.
  • Correct bird misbehavior: Birds are very sensitive creatures that interpret our actions differently than traditional pets, such as dogs and cats. This can lead to frustration and misunderstandings between the bird and its owner, which often only exacerbates existing behavioral problems. Successfully rehabilitating a bird with behavioral problems requires some knowledge of avian psychology, as well as a calm, expressive voice that conveys consistent messages.

Next steps

If you want to have a pet bird that you can touch and interact with, you will eventually get bitten. The key to dealing with biting incidents is to observe your bird’s behavior patterns and provide consistent training to identify and correct the cause of the unwanted behavior.

Even with temporary episodes of biting behavior, such as the “bluffing” phenomenon, it is important to follow a set training program to interrupt the potential development of behavior problems.

Be cautious

Be careful when controlling your biting bird. Bird bites are serious and painful. Although rare, parrot owners have lost their birds’ eyes, fingers, and toes, while others have suffered traumatic injuries to lips, ears, and noses.

Large parrots have very powerful beaks, and owners should be aware that even gentle and tame pets can cause serious injuries in the blink of an eye when frightened or otherwise upset. These situations can be especially tragic when children are involved. Bird lovers who have young children at home should therefore take extra care when choosing a parrot species that is suitable as a pet for children.

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