A Parrotlet should not
nip or bite unless it is the result of fear or
stress (including lack of sleep). Typically,
a bonded companion Parrotlet would never think
of biting its mate (you). However, using their
beak to let you know they don't want to go somewhere,
come out of their cage, etc. is not uncommon.
This means they use their beak to tap, hold,
or move a finger, without actually nipping or
If your Parrotlet bites, evaluate your interaction and their environment. What
happened prior to the bite? Also some who are new to handling Parrotlets might try
to grab them firmly in hand. Most simply do not like this. Chances are they will
let you know it. Better to let them step up onto your finger or if you must pick
them up, hold them as loosely
as possible in your hands. The "NO" command used sternly each time
is usually sufficient, followed by praise when the bird does something good.
(I reward mine with black sunflower seeds or gentle scratch behind the neck.)
Remain calm, be patient and try to follow a bite with an activity that your Parrotlet
likes (like a ride on your shoulder) so that you can praise him or her. Always
praise your Parrotlet for good behavior during the course of normal interaction.
happy, excited voice works wonders!