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Maroon Bellied Conure - New Owner

I've owned parrots before in the past, but its been a while. So a few days ago, our family picked up a Maroon Bellied Conure named Cheekers (he's almost 4 years old). We were told that he is friendly and quite tame and when we went to pick him up, sure enough, my wife, kids (7 and 9) and I were all able to have him perch on our shoulders and/or fingers. On the hour and half drive home, he sat on my shoulder the whole way without incident. When we got home, the same thing, we were able to play with him without any problems.

The next day, he started biting - our fingers, ears, neck, whatever he could bite. And he's been that way since. If he is on top of his cage and I walk by, he will immediately jump on my shoulder and start biting me.

I know a new environment is probably the biggest issue. But I also found out that the previous owners worked 3rd shift and they kept the bird's room dark until around noon. So I'm sure he's probably quite tired. I'm just wondering where to go from here? Do we just leave him in his cage until he gets used to his environment? Do we keep trying to handle him until he gets used to us? Any advice would be appreciated. He'll sit on my finger and eat an apple or millet, but if there is nothing there, he only wants to bite (and he does it with authority - not just a little peck - he wants to hurt us).

Thanks in advance.

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I would definitely give him a few days to settle in. Seems almost like he was okay with the change of pace in the car but suddenly realized he wasn't going home again and this was all permanent. Some birds take longer than others to full adjust, so I would just give him space for right now and try not to pressure any handling to avoid negative associations with the new environment as he settles. Hope some others can give you a better idea on how to move forward however, and hope things all work out for you!

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Give him a few days to settle, don't allow him on your shoulders, have a look into clicker and target training and try to remember that he's probably just testing you! He's a very new bird, I'm sure he will come around soon. I had a maroon bellied x green cheek hybrid and he was absolutely awesome

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I would think he needs more time..if he was used to a different schedule, he's probably jet lagged , that would make anyone cranky. It takes people a week or two to adjust to a new time schedule ( their bodies anyway) and we have access to caffeine!

Don't take it personally and just let him settle. I always get new bird regret when I get a bird and think I made a huge mistake, but wait it out and it should be ok.

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