Companion birds select other birds and humans to bond/mate with based on their personality. A green cheek conure bonds with one special green cheek, or human being of their choosing.
Bonded birds literally do everything together. A bonded pair will eat, play, bathe and explore together. Bonded birds rarely fight, outside of play fighting. There is safety in numbers, and in imitation. Bonded pairs imitate one another, sharing activities, and may spend the whole day together. Conures also bond and mate with the same gender at times, if the opposite gender is unavailable – a bird’s instinct to bond is very strong!
How to tell if your bird has bonded with you? A bonded bird will follow you around, interested in whatever you’re doing. A bonded bird will try to eat your food, tap-dance on your keyboard, and call to you when you’re absent. Your green cheek will imitate you – eating when you’re eating (even in the cage) and bathe when you’re washing your hands, for instance.
Sometimes, green cheek conures bond with other bird species like sun conures, quaker parrots or parakeets. Bonding with sun conures and quaker parrots (larger birds) and parakeets (smaller bird species) is not recommended. Bonded pair fighting is rare, but happens. So – green cheek conures bonding with smaller or larger bird species can cause injury to your pets in case of a “lover’s spat.”
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If you value your green cheek as a pet, don’t let him bond with an avian friend. Some owners ask:
This is why, in pet stores and aviaries, the “pet” birds are in the front, with the “breeding pairs” in the back. Once a green cheek conure bonds and mates, they become unsuitable as a pet. The bonded green cheek pair would rather spend time with each other, and bite any human intruders.
Picture it: would you rather try and bond with a baboon, or another human being?
Green Cheek Conure Bond Broken
A broken bond between birds or humans is like breaking up a relationship – breakups happen. Green cheek conures who have bonded or even mated can decide they suddenly don’t like each other. When a bond is broken, green cheeks fight, resulting in injuries.
If your “love-birds” start fighting, place them into separate cages for awhile. Play fighting is okay, and part of a green cheek conure bond. However, play fighting is not the same as real fighting. Green cheeks who actually fight rip out feathers, and cause beak injury or bleeding.
One bird may become a bully, pushing the other bird off the perch and preventing them from eating. If you notice bully behaviors, such as pushing from perch or preventing another bird from eating, or blood and ripped out feathers, separate the birds. Green cheek conures whose bonds are broken should be separated to prevent fighting.
Broken Trust With Humans
Bird trust and bird bonding go hand in hand. After all, your bird must trust you before bonding. Breaking the trust/breaking the bond happens sometimes. Green cheek conures break bonds with humans, as well. Broken trust happens because:
- You or a family member somehow scared your green cheek
- Someone has abused your green cheek conure
- A new environment (such as moving)
- A new family member, or loss of a family member
Whether abused, scared, a loss or a new situation has come up, your green cheek conure needs time to adjust. As they say, trust takes years to build, and seconds to destroy.
Sometimes, even simple things like toweling your green cheek, a painful nail cut, or removing a blood feather can lose your bird’s trust in you. Sometimes, even without toweling, painful nail cuts, or blood feather removal, a green cheek’s personality changes, and they bond with someone new. A new bond is nothing personal, but it means the green cheek conure will spend time with/try to mate with someone else a lot more.
Give your bird time. Building a bond again means treats and love, and realizing your green cheek conure still likes you. Your green cheek conure bond will begin again, hopefully a stronger bond than before.