Ask Lafeber


January 14, 2019

2-3 year old male sun conure biting

How did we train him to not bite adult men or his cage when adult men is standing at cage?


Hi Tamara,

Parrots often have a preference for male or female humans. This is probably related to instincts. In the wild, a parrot would only have one mate, and this mate would be the only bird that would have close contact with it. Other birds would be driven away during breeding season, and tolerated at a distance the rest of the time. Parrot owners tend to expect their bird to get along with all or most people. However, this strongly goes against their instinct and is not necessarily a bad behavior because it is natural. It sounds like your bird prefers women and does not like men. Instead of trying to change his behavior, it is best to accept it and not force him to be around men. Sometimes this behavior is hormonal and will change seasonally. Please read the link below about parrot behavior to help you better understand why he does what he does – there is more than one section on that page that addresses biting:

Pet Bird and Parrot Behavior

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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