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I've talked a lot about how affectionate Peachfronted Conures can be, especially when they're properly paired up. However, let's visit the dark side for a moment. Any time you have the possibility of a deep one-on-one relationship, you have the possibility of conflict and squabble. From time to time, Courtney has been involved in squabbles. Once or twice a year, I would catch him arguing with Ronnie and getting a little physical, and Ronnie was a special favorite. I would say that he bickers four or five times a year with Dale. They had a minor, two minute dispute this morning, which is the inspiration for this post.

These disputes seem to have triggers. It appear to me that Courtney is venting his anger when he sees something that startles him, that he can't do anything about. I tell 'em to, "Knock it off!" in a loud voice, and that's enough. Then I fix what's broken -- usually an open door or some other "unsafe" feature that has been preying on Courtney's protective mind.

A male Peachfronted Conure is known to sometimes nip the female to drive her into the nestbox for safety. Very occasionally, I believe the female dismisses the male's concern and refuses to go into the box. So they battle. Keep an eye on these disputes. If it's something more serious, you would need to separate the birds before anyone gets hurt. But usually it all goes back to the male's protective instinct, and you can fix the problem without splitting up the birds.

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