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I am no expert by far, but I play on my laptop, read the paper, eat breakfast and lunch next to my cages in the dining room. I have read that if a bird is comfortable eating in front of you then he is getting use to you. My brown headed parrot is very relaxed with me in and around the cage, but will not step-up and just throws treats I offer. Guess it has been a month since he came home. About 5 months old now. So this am, I left the cage open and offered my arm a few times. Got bit. No blood and not horrible pain. I did not flinch. Topper flew over my arm and to the carpet. He steps up from the carpet and bites, hard again. We did this a few times. I place a finger on his beak and say firmly, no bite. He transferred to a perch from the carpet and back to his cage. I also spent about 10 minutes holding him lightly in my lap and rubbing his head and beak. He makes little growling noises, but not nearly the awful sounds he made a month ago. Relaxed and closed his eyes for moments at a time.
I feel like I made some progress. I have no experience except with a few tamed parakeets years ago.
So I guess I am saying let your bird get use to you, relax around you. They all have an individual personality and progress at their own pace. Hope I have helped some.