Simple issue (I think) I have green-cheek conure that has over time developed a habit of not EVER wanting to get off my shoulder when I'm done with his "out of cage" time. I try to put my hand up there to remove him and he cowers down. If I press the issue, he bites VERY hard (yes, green-cheeks can bite painfully). I end up having to tear my shirt off the get him under my control.
So, is this a burgeoning dominance issue? Do I need to quit letting my birds sit on my shoulder? This take-off-my-shirt solution really sucks.
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Simple issue (I think) I have green-cheek conure that has over time developed a habit of not EVER wanting ... burgeoning dominance issue? Do I need to quit letting my birds sit on my shoulder? This take-off-my-shirt solution really sucks.

An easier solution is a bath or hand towel. :-) Once he learns there's no defense against "the towel", he should stop fighting it.

BTW we have the exact same issue with our green cheek. We've learned that when she starts pecking at our necks, it means she has to go to the bathroom (she's potty trained) and will get off without any protest. Otherwise she's just like yours, and will bite hard if given the chance. A towel works great in these cases.
From what I've read, excessive shoulder perching is not a good idea, for any bird species.
Rick
Simple issue, yes. Dominance, no. Smart, yes. Your bird knows you are going to put him back in the cage, and doesn't want to go there. It's the humans who want to dominate the bird. :-)

Regards
Doesn't matter if it's a dominance issue or not what does matter is that you don't have control over your parrot. Teach your parrot to step up on command and practice it every day. Every single day. And every time you want the bird to come out of its cage or off your shoulder.
It's a bad idea to allow the bird to stay on your shoulder for a couple of reasons: your bird can bite with no warning and a facial bite can be devastating this is not such a huge problem with a small bird like a cockatiel but larger birds can do horrific damage to your face or eye. The second reason is that you can't control a bird that's sitting on your shoulder.
Teach your bird step ups and practice them religiously.
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Be careful. I tried to make the same point as you not long ago and got pissed all over for my trouble.
VisioN
that you don't have control over your parrot.

Apparently true. He seems so completely tame when not on my shoulders that I figured I had him under my spell in general.
It's a bad idea to allow the bird to stay on your shoulder for a couple of reasons

I've heard this shoulder advice often, but I wonder how people manage this. Birds LOVE to cuddle up on your shoulder - that seems to be where they really want to be. How does one "hang out" with one's birds otherwise? I suppose I could make them sit on my leg as I'm on the couch.

Anyway, I'll start in earnest with teaching him to step up and obey commands.
I've had my AG eight years and she never even tries to get on my shoulder. Of course she was taught that shoulders are a no-no. She "hangs" out with me by 1) perching contently on her cage which is next to the couch 2) jumping of her cage and perching on the back of the couch 3) jumping off her cage and perching on the edge of the couch next to my leg looking at me. Very rarely will she climb up and perch on my leg. Most of the times she does climb on me I'm eating something she wants which is always something she really shouldn't have. Its never when I'm eating an apple or carrot, but always ice cream, corn chips. etc. How do they know?
I've had my AG eight years and she never even tries to get on my shoulder. Of course she was ... Its never when I'm eating an apple or carrot, but always ice cream, corn chips. etc. How do they know?

Good eyesight and an excellent sense of smell??? ;-)

My 'tiel seems to want to try anything I am eating, but the 'too is pickier.

Mooches, all of them! LOL!
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Simple issue (I think) I have green-cheek conure that has over time developed a habit of not EVER wanting ... burgeoning dominance issue? Do I need to quit letting my birds sit on my shoulder? This take-off-my-shirt solution really sucks.

My Green Cheek bites more aggressively than any of my birds. She uses bites for many reasons but each time there IS a reason... I found the best way to not get bit is to turn on the baby-talk voice and tell her how pretty she is before I offer my finger for a step-up. If I'm in a hurry, I'll get bit!

Jan
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