Green Cheek Conure Aggressive Behavior

Conures are wild aggressive animals, even though their owners treat them like babies. All parrots are wild and aggressive animals - the jungle hasn't been tamed out of them. 

Unlike domesticated dogs and cats, parrots and green cheek conures retain a wild, aggressive, and unpredictable nature. It's a good thing we don't put euthanize parrots for biting like dogs or cats, or we would harm a lot of parrots.

Reasons for Green Cheek Aggression

Green cheek conure aggression comes from their wild, undomesticated spirit - one minute you're scritching them, the next your conure is attacking. Aggressive behavior also comes from not understanding your green cheek conure's body language. Green cheek body language can tell you what's cooking in their avian brain.

Aggressive Strutting/Head Bobbing/Neck Stretching Body Language

If your conure is exhibiting the body language above, such as strutting while stretching their neck, or bobbing their head, it means your green cheek is making a territorial display. Green cheek conures can be very aggressive and territorial when not properly trained.

Try bringing out an aggressive display: bob your head back and forth rapidly, stretching your neck while your  green cheek conure is watching. This is a territorial threat to green cheek conures, a display or sign of aggression that I discovered one day by accident. Your green cheek conure will begin to act aggressively, strutting, trying to bite or puffing out their chest. Their tiny rages are adorable!

Green cheek conures may be food aggressive. If your green cheek conure spots you eliminating their food 7 days a week to fill it up, they could see you as a form of threat and assault you. These birds may possibly become belligerent over toys, cages, and also most of all, their own nest box.

By no means, never ever touch the nest box of a typical breeding green cheek hen when she's still within the coop. She will bite your finger and draw blood. When I was a young parrot breeder, I moved (or tried to move) a brooding hen out of her nest box to clean it - bad mistake! I've still the scar on my knuckle to show it.

3 Ways to Stop Green Cheek Conure Aggressive Behavior

1.) Bring your bird down to eye level to mellow hostility problems. Why this can help: taking birds down to human eye level or under shows them one is the "alpha" bird, or head associated with the flock. Keeping all of them at eye level or under without exception asserts your own place as front of the flock, and also tames aggression efficiently.

2.) Move your own green cheek conure's toys around all the time. Why this can help: shifting a green cheeks playthings, or perhaps rearranging their own furniture, as I Actually call it, keeps a green cheek from getting quite affixed to their own playthings. Swap toys out, or shift toys about to mellow aggressiveness within the bird.

3.) Earthquake them. If your green cheek conure is standing on your arm, biting you, don't make it a stable platform. Every time he gets aggressive, move and "quake" your body, shifting their footing and making them uncomfortable. They'll soon get the message that gentle nibbles are okay, biting is aggressive and not acceptable.

Even when properly trained, all of the green cheek aggressive and unwanted behavior won't disappear. Some green cheek aggression is normal. All you can do is love your little aggressive green cheek conure anyway, even when he or she is acting territorial and trying to bite. In other words, like a little brat.

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  1. how do u find out if your Green Cheek Conure is male or female?

    1. Wait and see if it lays an egg!


  3. Only two ways: DNA test or if she lays an egg.

  4. There is no evidence to suggest that conures take on a pack mentality. Attempting to dominate by being the "Alpha" bird is applying dog training to a parrot will prove unsuccessful. What you're suggesting is not helpful.

  5. I have a green cheek conure who is almost 5. When she gets aggressive or bites, which is rare now, I blow in her face and tell her 'NO BITING".
    Sometimes I forget how much she hates me brushing my teeth and she runs up my arm to attack my toothbrush or my hand. If I blow on her, she gets distracted and I can usually avoid getting nipped.

  6. We took our 6 year old green cheek in his cage to visit his parakeet pal for a few days. We have done this many times in the past and they have always enjoyed the experience with no problems. However, this time our conure has become very aggressive toward us while there. Is he establishing a territory possibly? While he displays aggression towards us, he still seems to enjoy the company of his parakeet friend, as he always has in the past. Any idea as to what is going on?

  7. Conures being "wild" doesn't necessary mean they are agressive. In fact they understand each other's body language so there is no need to bite. Biting is a last resort defense mechanism in the wild.

    And birds stand on high branches to be safe from predators, not to "dominate" anything. My conure attacks my feet when he is on the ground, so that is way lower than eye level... There's no such thing as being "alpha" with pet parrots!

  8. I'm pretty sure my conure is displaying these territorial behaviours.. the head bobbing, the biting (and drawing blood) and it generally happens when he's on his perch higher than eye level... when he's coming from a perch lower he's fine. Not sure if the author's arguments are valid/scientific but worth a try.


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