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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-23-2015, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Aggressive Senegal


I have a Senegal parrot named Loki that I've had for about 3 years now. He is very sweet and friendly with me, but will attack anyone else that comes near him. No one else in my family is a bird lover, so one bite and they are scared to even get close to him again. But the issue is that it's never one bite - I'm pretty sure it's an aggression issue because he will bite and hang on and grind his beak into their hand really hard. He'll keep trying to bite over and over. If he's with me and someone else walks by and he can't reach them, he'll try to bite me instead. He also doesn't recognize me without my glasses on and will bite me like I'm a stranger. Whenever he bites, I calmly say no and walk away for a little bit, but it doesn't seem to help.

I want to try to put an end to his biting in case I'm not around and need someone else to watch him, and also so he stops biting me when I'm wearing contacts, but I don't know what to do.
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It's not uncommon for birds to bite hard, or more than once, if they don't want something to come near them. I would encourage guests or family members to always approach him with a treat like a sunflower seed, small nut, small piece of fruit etc. so that he associates people coming over to him with good things. It might seem silly but it always seems to work for me. Another thing is if he's doing it while he's in his cage then I would stick a sign on it somewhere stating that the bird does bite and don't stick your fingers in, nearly every bird I've encountered does not like fingers through the bars unless you're scratching their head. It's their home and they don't want anybody in there

While he's taking his anger out on you is there nothing you could distract him with? A small foot toy perhaps? Try clicker and target training him so you both build a bond that teaches you to be respectful of one another and create a mutual trust. He also seems at the right sort of age for hormones to be running rampant. Males tend to be mature at around 3 years so it wouldn't surprise me if that was the case
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