Green Cheeked Conure Training

Green Cheek conures are among the most lively and clever conures. They are, however, known to be a touch nippy.

When individuals approach us for advise on how to train birds not to bite, we start by attempting to learn a little bit about the species. It immediately became clear that the bird was not being handled on a regular basis. The owners will neglect the bird for a few days before bringing it out to play. They get bit, become irritated, and unwittingly “punish” the bird by putting it into “timeout”.

Unfortunately, a Green Cheek will not cooperate. This bird is quite demanding and enjoys being caressed and played with. They bite for a variety of reasons, but with a little patience and regular effort, they may be taught to quit.


The first step is to train the bird to stand on your finger and get used to being handled. We explore several basic, step-by-step strategies for finger training your parrot in our e-Book The Easy Parrot System. This should just take a few days to complete.

If the bird nips at you while in this condition, start teaching him right away that this is inappropriate behaviour by yelling “NO BITE!” in a forceful tone. When the bird behaves, lavish him with praise and a favourite food, such as a nut or grape. Continue doing this every day, and your bird will quickly understand that if he wants to stay with you, he must learn not to bite.

Green Cheeks will figure it out! They are a sociable bird that enjoys being caressed and played with. This characteristic is often seen solely in Cockatoos, and other conures are not as eager to be handled. Green Cheeks, on the other hand, are unique. And they must learn to quit biting if they want to play with you.

Another reason they bite is because they have attained sexual maturity. Green Cheeks attain this stage when they are around a year old. They become a little more aggressive, which causes them to nit at your finger. Simply continue your workout. If the bird becomes out of control, employ the “time out” procedure and put it in its “discipline” cage in another room. It will get confused if you utilise its “home cage” for punishment. Remember, Green Cheeks are a bit smarter than you believe. You must convince them that the “discipline” cage exists because they did inappropriately. Otherwise, they will learn that biting you is the only way to return to their “home” cage. You’re sending them the incorrect message!

Never hit your bird. I can almost promise that you will never be able to teach your bird again after that.

Here are a few other points. Check out our Ebook for additional inspiration!

-Before you begin training, clip the wings. You desire control over the bird, and if it can fly away, you lose control!

-Constantly praise and encourage. Keep a treat supply on hand.

-Remain in command. Do not give your bird the impression that you are terrified. Fortunately, aside than a stinging squeeze, these tiny guys bite does not do much damage. Make an effort to cope with it!

-When working with the bird, teach it more easy tricks such as lying on its back, pretending dead, and playing catch with things. This is best accomplished with a little foam ball.

-Work with the bird on a regular basis, ideally at the same time of day. Sessions should last around 15 minutes.

Once your bird has been tamed, he will want to spend most of his time with you. Take advantage of this when teaching him. If you’re watching TV, put him on your lap and gently handle him. The regular human connection will convince him that you are not a danger and that he should not bite you.

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