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Which species have the least or most damaging bite?

I looked all over the internet to see if there was a listing of parrot species arranged by bite strength. You know, similar to how certain bird sites state noise level and talking ability when describing a bird species. There is none.

So I want to ask you guys based on your experience. What is the bite capability of whatever bird species you work with? Is it just a small pitch of the skin or can they bite your finger off?
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I have two cockatiels and the male is pretty nippy but my female hardly ever bites. Neither have ever bitten me hard enough to draw blood or anything, its usually just a little pinch and never really hurts much.

but you have to take into account that any bird, even a small bird, can bite hard if they want to and all birds have different personalities.



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African grey can bite the finger off if they get a hold right and if not off they can do some real damage in my opinion i would say the macaw would be the strongest biter but i have yet to work with them dusty my grey has never bite me like this but Abigail has and she would bring blood and bruises

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Tiels have no real hard bite to me. My green cheek can draw blood if he really wants to but luckily doesn't. My parrorlets have a good bite so hard. The ringneck has drawn blood. Pretty hard bite. My cockatoo can lay me wide open if she wants to.

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I have had one of my tiels draw blood before..so it's possible.

I would thing the bite strength or birds would follow the pattern of beak sizes.

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Guess I've gotten lucky with my tiels. Lol. I think it depends on how bad the bird wants to lay into you. My plets have tiny beaks but can really hurt.

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My Indian ringneck bites hard, draws blood and bruises also he only let's go to bite again!
My Ducorps' cockatoo was bad. Pierced my lip.
Opened my hand, my arm. They were bwd, out of the blue bites but she only bit once then left you alone.

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When I had my grey it would draw blood if it wanted to. So does Fred though.(quaker)


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my indian ringneck draws blood almost always, my green cheek doesnt bite hard at all anymore but in the begining he left a bruise once and my teil has never bitten me

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My parrotlet has a VERY hard bite for his size... He can and will draw blood if in the mood... My green cheek can bite hard , but rarely does... Even my budgies can draw blood if they want... I think the big birds would hurt a lot tho... I am very intimidated by the big beaks!
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Yes I have found even the smallest of birds can inflict bad injury, maybe not take a finger off but can still shred your skin cockatoos, especially umbrella and moluccan I would probably say are the worst of all. Macaws are more of a 'pressure bite'. I have had babies playfully bite and that is horrible!!!

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Hmmm...so parrotlet can draw blood. Darn that bird is one of my top choices right now too.

I only asked this question because I'm still in research mode when it comes to parrots and been trying expose myself to many different parrots to see what would work for me. Ever since I got horribly bit by a rainbow lory, I've wanted to sure make to keep bite power into account once a get a bird.
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I had a Parrotlet and now have a GCC. There is no comparison. My Parrotlet bite to inflict pain, Can it cause blood? You bet, all the time. Maxx my GCC usually just pinches.




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I'd rather have gotten bit by my Red Lored Amazon I fostered than their little cousin the Parrotlet. Their bite is more compact, hurts and has drawn blood
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Hmmm...so parrotlet can draw blood. Darn that bird is one of my top choices right now too.

I only asked this question because I'm still in research mode when it comes to parrots and been trying expose myself to many different parrots to see what would work for me. Ever since I got horribly bit by a rainbow lory, I've wanted to sure make to keep bite power into account once a get a bird.
Having been bitten by quakers, lorikeets, budgies and GCC - I can say they all vary (the purpose of the bite and how fast I moved) and they all hurt. Even a budgie is capable of drawing blood if they get the right piece of skin (lip, nose, ears, etc).
With parrots its more of willingness to accept being bitten.

Out of the parrots I've been bitten by was the lorikeets - those things were painful.

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Honestly, all birds have the potential of getting blood outta you, even budgies!

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being bitten is just part of parrot owning

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^Sorry for my earlier wording of my posts. I know that being bitten is part of having parrots and all parrots have the capacity to draw blood. I'm not looking for the miracle bite-proof species...that would be silly.

HOWEVER there is a difference between only needing to get a band-aid once in a while for your finger and needing surgery after a bite that goes through muscles/tendons/bones. That is what I want to avoid!
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Any of the larger parrots can do major damage if they so desire... Some will not bite... Others will not stop...lol I stick to smaller birds as I am scared of those big beaks!

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id say budgies-small conure= bruise or blood
large conure to african grey=blood to broken finger(if damage was intended)
african grey and up could be damaging if intended

it all depends on the bird, by gcc only pinches when she doesnt like something im doing
its just a warning but it could be worse


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