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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.