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Bites when excited

My conure has recently decided that a few nips are ok when I open his cage in the morning or when I return home from work.

He fluffs up the feathers on his head and does like a dance where he sways from side to side before he bites my finger.
I don't know if he's just excited to see me or if he's upset that I left him

I talk soothingly to him and after a while he calms down and returns to his sweet self (but the bites do hurt...).

I refer to him as a he, although I am not sure of the gender. He's currently 9 months old and was hand-fed.

Any help dealing with this issue is greatly appreciated.
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My green cheek conure went thru this stage a while ago too, she (also unknown gender) will get fluffed around the head and neck and also will climb up oon the side of the cage. I know she wants to come out and play, but for some reason would bite instead of stepping up. If she has already stepped up before biting, she gets plopped gently on the floor and ignored for a few seconds. If she bites before stepping up I turn around and close her door, both actions are accompanied by a stern NO BITE! If I know she is excited and will likely nip, I use a dowel to step her up and then she is fine. Then she gets LOTS of hugs and kisses , petting, scritches and a cheerful good girl!! She also would bite when being returned to the cage, before stepping off she would reach down and give my finger a disapproving tweak. I solved that by giving her a treat everytime she stepped off without biting. If she bit she got no treat just a stern NO BITE! She always gets a few favorite seeds in her bowl after out of cage time in the evening so I never have a problem with her going back into her cage now. Once in a while she will think about biting me going back and I just have to say be nice, no bite, ut ut or something to that affect, she understands it all means you better not bite me! She will stop and look at me as if to say Nawww I wasn't REALLY going to bite you Mom! If she is getting fluffed and you know a bite is coming, then avoid it, use a dowel or just talk calmly to her until she calms down. Reward not biting and if she bites then walk away for a few minutes and try again. If she is wanting you to go away and leave her alone then this wont work as you are giving her what she wants in return for the bite. He could also be feeling a bit hormonal altho I don't believe 9 or 10 months is old enough for puberty yet, it is however spring and just maybe feeling it a bit. I am not sure what kind of conure you have, but my green cheek went thru a bitey spell at around 1 1/2 - 2 years old. She is much better now and almost never nips. She is 3 years old now.

Oh and the fluffing could just be excitement, but the swaying is usually an aggressive display in my opinion, if your bird is swaying then do not reach in to him as he is warning you that he will bite.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB-lDsU6pQo Like this? Dexter did it ALL the time! It does sound like they're being aggressive and not excited. Are they being territorial do you think?

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I've heard several times that conures sometimes are nippy.
Of course he is upset that you left him, because if you decided to be your parrot's partner he decides that you should be with him 24 hours a day.
That's the reason why we Germans always keep at least two parrots of the same species.
Cage aggression is also possible when his puberty begins. Every healthy animal has an instict to defend its territory.
In this case you have to work patiently with him until he stops biting you.
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Oh and the fluffing could just be excitement, but the swaying is usually an aggressive display in my opinion, if your bird is swaying then do not reach in to him as he is warning you that he will bite.
Thank you for the advice. He usually jumps on my finger, then starts to fluff up and he does the dance before biting. All this "outside" the cage.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB-lDsU6pQo Like this? Dexter did it ALL the time! It does sound like they're being aggressive and not excited. Are they being territorial do you think?
Thank you for finding the video for me. My conure's movement is different: he leans over and sways from side to side and he does it outside his cage. So I don't think he's being territorial.
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Of course he is upset that you left him, because if you decided to be your parrot's partner he decides that you should be with him 24 hours a day.
That's the reason why we Germans always keep at least two parrots of the same species.
I like that: "he decides that you should be with him 24 hrs a day"
As far as keeping at least 2 parrots of the same species, I can tell you that I also have 2 lovebirds that for some reason prefer the company of 2 of my budgies instead of each other... I have seen them mating with the budgie (male).
However I would not mind adding another conure to my flock of 7, lol...
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