In the following video I make a comparison of how we treat kids and how we treat parrots. We just adore giving our birds human characteristics and calling our our pets "two and four year olds" so I give the following comparison:
"What if a small child told you he was too tired, grouchy, or sad to come and play with you? Would you not care about how he is feeling and make him come out anyway? No! His needs are more important than your petty want of “playing” with the poor child.
This goes for the same with our birds. If you are capable of understanding what your bird is telling you then you have the obligation to listen."
In this situation I compare the child's verbal communication to a parrot's. They both want to stay in their "room" yet use different ways to express this, and for the parrot this can include biting.
Fortunately biting is not the first natural option a parrot chooses to say "leave me alone". Before biting ever occurs there are a lot of other things that go on, eye pinning, posturing, tail flaring, and even scampering away in the other direction are ways that birds let us know they do not want to be handled. Biting is a last resort, even if they step up after the bite (or even if the bite did not draw blood), the bird was still trying to tell you to "go away".
The real answer to why parrots bite? Because their previous communication attempts (body language) were not received by the person.
Want a quick fix? Put emphasis on basic communication to avoid teaching a bird to bite.
Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them. - Albert Einstein
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