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I think she was scared. The biggest indicator to me was when she rolled over and put her feet up. When my senegal is absolutely terrified and knows she cannot get away, that is what she does. Also, I've seen the linnie and the bourkes do that when my daughter was littler and she didn't read their body language well enough and swooped in to pick them up too fast. It is, to me, their last fear filled move when they think a predator is about to scoop them up from above.
I am aware that conures love to roll over and play with their toys on their backs, and that they will bench press their toys that way, but that is an inanimate object over which they have total control, and they feel safe in their environment before they do that. Your hands are huge in comparison to your conure, and coming over the top of her that way easily mimic a large bird swooping in for a kill.
My vet has taken in a cockatoo who was traumatized in her first home by an owner with long hair who used to "play" with (tease) the cockatoo with her hair. She misread the body language and thought the bird's reaction was funny. In her mind she was playing with the bird like one plays with a puppy. She so traumatized the cockatoo that today that bird will fly toward anyone with long, dark hair and attack their face.
Conures do wrestle with one another in play, so I appreciate that others will have different opinions about your video. This is my opinion, but I feel strongly about it.