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Is this just an issue of more time or is this his personality?

Question for you guys who have taken in rehome/adult birds.

So my parrotlet was over 2 years old when I got him and he really has come a long way since then. He has learned to step up, do tricks, get stritches, and has even overcome most of his cage agression. As a background, he was handfed but then sold from one breeder to another breeder due to his color...that is why the other breeder wanted him. He never wanted to breed and she didn't have time for a pet bird. She had him for almost two years during which time he was housed in a bird room with other birds and no household things (for socialization purposes). He was handled about once a week just by grabbing and didn't know step up etc., when I got him. Fast forward to now, 10 months into me having him and spending on average about 15hrs a week with him. He still doesn't really want to be out much, very scared of things such as new toys presented outside the cage, and is pretty content to just be in his cage a lot of the time. But he will usually willingly come out once a day even though he doesn't want to be out very long. If I try to have him sit with me on my chest or shoulder while I watch tv, he gets bitey and wants to go back to his cage. He will stay on his gyms for periods of time and seems fine but my lap etc., he gets bitey. Also he wants to go to bed come 7:30-8 or he gets mad. Is this something that will just take more time? Or is this just his personality? It really makes me sad because I want to spend more time with him but I really want to know the reality here and I am okay if he doesn't change. I will love him and keep working with him no matter what.

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Short answer -- yes.
It's probably a combination of the two. After a kind of traumatic experience before he came to you, he's doing really well, and after only 10 months! By next year, you can probably better judge his personality, but I think it is too soon now and he still is developing.

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He sounds like he has come considerably far so I wouldn't worry about much else! He may be testing you when he nips at you, don't show a reaction. It worked well for my lot! As for the getting annoyed in the evening, you'd be better off putting him to bed. Birds need a lot of sleep
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