I am working with a two year old B&G Macaw that insist on mouthing my fingers, I am trying to reduce the behavior but don't really know what to do. - Background on Calypso - Calypso is just over two years old, He was pulled from the nest at 6 months just after he started coming out of the nest. He was hand feed for about 3 weeks, I only occasionally feed him during that time. After the 3 weeks he pretty much eat on his own. I did occasionally give him warm mash from a spoon but only once every month or two, until he was one year old, them only twice after that. Calypso threads ... Blue&Gold dose not like going 'off balance' | Avian Avenue Parrot Forum Avoiding inadvertent training | Avian Avenue Parrot Forum I have been working with Calypso the B&G for over a year now. I really love the bond of trust that I have with him. that trust works both ways. To gain his trust, I let him mouth my fingers shortly after he was pulled from the nest. He loves to nibble my fingers and hands. I did not mind allowing him to mouth my fingers, but what I take issue with is that he is constantly doing this behavior whenever I am with him. I have been using two different verbal cues to control his behavior. When he would nibble on my fingers I verbalized "hay" to mean that he was biting too hard. If he continued I would move my hand away and ignore him. Calypso is not allowed to nibble the hand he is sitting on and he is not allowed to grab my clothing. Whenever he does, I issue the command "cutitout". If he continues, I pop his tail feathers with my finger. It did not take too long for him to figure out what "cutitout" meant. To be precise, when he would start an non-allowed behavior, I said "cutitout" he would vocalize displeasure and stop the behavior, without me having to pop his tail feathers. I've been training Calypso, so that I can do public demonstrations with him at David's place. David will also take Calypso to outreach programs. David is not happy with me letting Calypso nibble on my fingers. Calypso enjoys, me petting his head and rubbing the white patches on his face, but when ever I put me hand that close, he always wants to nibble my fingers. Is there a way that I can get him to stop or at least do it less and still be able to give him head pets? I was thinking that I might give him a sign that I am willing to allow some mild nibbling, but I won't allow nibbling any other time. Do you think the sometimes nibbling is too much. Do you think I will need to make him stop all together? How do I get him to stop?