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I have a Conure question vplease

My new 2 y/o Jenday Conure is finally going on my finger and out of the cage

I did notice that he leaned his head forward and down, I have heard that this is a sign that Cockatiels are asking for a head scratching, is this a sign that my Conure wants me to touch him?

I don't want to scare him and ruin what we have worked so hard to get at this point. Are they affectionate birds?
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I don't know much about jendays in particular but I do have a gcc. She will lean forward when she is expecting a head rub... but it is not near as obvious as my tiel who wont step up cuz she wants a head rub... Conures in general are very loving hands on birds.
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All parrots lean forward and 'bow' to indicate it's scritches time. What I do is always use the same word when I see them doing it (I use Pica pica which means 'it itches, it itches' in Spanish) and make it a question while my hand 'assumes' the position and, in time, they figure it out and whenever I say it, they bow their heads for me to touch them.
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Thank you I am looking forward to interact with him that way...My Tiel would not let me touch him..
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I would give him a gentle tickle and see if it's what he wants

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My budgie fluffs up the feathers around her beak (I call them her mutton chops) when she wants scritches. If I ignore her, she bows her head down, kind of how your birds sounds like they're doing. I say take the risk and give a scritch and see what happens
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My budgie fluffs up the feathers around her beak (I call them her mutton chops) when she wants scritches. If I ignore her, she bows her head down...
I call this 'a prelude to meditation'. Today, like most every day, my parrotlet and I went through this ritual as described above. Twenty-five minutes later I 'came to' and realized I had been gently going through all the feathers on her head and neck with my fingertips in a mindless, selfless daze of mutual silence and enchantment.

I believe these to be the most delightful and fulfilling moments in my life, and I am not even completely present when they are occurring.
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Well as usual I jump to the wrong conclusions too soon. I attempted to scritch and he let me. I guess I am still in the bonding stage and all is going well...
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