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I had a nandy conure, who seemed to have a similar temperment to a sun conure, for years. He/she was EXTREMELY cage agressive, hated hands in the cage, and would grab her food and water bowls and hold them inside the cage when you would try to change them.
I found that talking soothingly helped her to understand that I wasn't her enemy. However, I think that aggressive behavoir in the cage doesn't necessarily mean they are scared of you, just that they don't want you too close.
I know this is hard, but its worked for me many times to work with the bird (as long as he or she isn't frightened, like trying to back away, panicking or flying away), doing step-up training and petting/prenning, and doing "gente beak" and just IGNORING the bites. I know this is hard, as I've said and I have many scars to show for it, but this has been the best way I've been able to bond with birds, show them that they cant use biting to keep me away, and let them learn to trust my hands, despite the biting behavoir.
My conure was still cage aggressive and would bite often, but we came leaps and bounds over the years where she would let me pet her head, hold her, and pet her beak, because she knew that biting wouldn't deter me.
Yes I got bit a lot, but I had a relationship with my bird despite it. I am afraid I will get criticized for not letting the bird set the pace or come to me, but she wanted attention and affection, unfortunately her aggressive behavoir was in the way of her own potential happiness.
Edit: Beeko was older, untame, and had been re-homed three times, so I dont think she was in the mental state to overcome her aggressive behavoir in the same way as some younger or better adjusted birds can.
Last edited by katepeth124; 10-11-2013 at 10:48 AM.