My lineolated parakeet, Pickle, is just the sweetest little guy, ever. He's not perfect, and we're waiting for our clickers in the mail so we can train him more.
He's always had a tiny bit of aggression towards my husband, and is definitely nervous around other people, but with careful training, he has gotten a lot better.
He has never, ever bitten me, and is generally just the sweetest most doting bird with me. We know he has imprinted on me, but I have been careful about how to pet and handle him so he doesn't see me as his mate. He prefers me over everyone else, but we've ensured he's been spending time with Dad too, as well as guests, to encourage him to be more social.
We've noticed he's been a little out of sorts lately, and he's started humping one of his toys, which is kind of hilarious, except I wish I hadn't taught him how to say "hi baby boy" and "that's a good Pickle" as well as wolfwhisting because it is very disconcerting to hear your baby bird whispering these sweet nothings into his toy during sexy time.....
Yesterday, it was like I woke up to a brand new bird! At first, he was his normal self, so I was repeating phrases to him which he has been learning to say. I took a break, and he basically barked at me. It was strange, so I kept making the sounds he's learning. When I stopped, he started making aggressive sounds, and nipping at my lips and ear. Not hard (and he can bite hard), but attacking my face, all the same.
Later, he was on his perch, and we were heading out. As per usual, I leaned over to rub my nose on his head (this is how I say goodbye every time I close his cage door). That little dink BIT my septum, and hard!!!
This behaviour (attacking) has continued on throughout the night last night, as well as this morning. He keeps turning his back to me and looking over his shoulder - I'm pretty sure he's trying to mate with me, and he's mad because it's not working. It's hard seeing him in distress - he sooooo anxiously wants to be with me, he's jumping off his cage, he's flapping when he's in it, and you can just see the stress he is under. He doesn't understand what is going on, any more than I do - I don't want to punish him for natural behaviour, but I also don't want him to eat my face off, or to positively reinforce this behaviour.
Also: my last bird, a budgie, became very randy right before he passed away. My breeder told me they often do this when they are about to pass away to get their genes into the genepool. So, because we're sensitive to that, I'm all nervous and freaked. Pickle is about 18 months old, though - and I know this is sexual maturity time, so i'm hoping that's all it is.
Anyone have any thoughts? I want my sweet bird to be happy and content again! And right now, we're 'on a break'.