My mother's lovebird has begun constantly biting a much smaller parakeet on the beak. These two birds share the same cage. The poor parakeet spends much of the time head-first in it's little nest.
Does anyone have any suggestions regarding why and how to stop this behavior?
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My mother's lovebird has begun constantly biting a much smaller parakeeton the beak. These two birds share the same cage. ... the time head-first in it's little nest. Does anyone have any suggestions regarding why and how to stop this behavior?

Jesus christ why don't people do some research? Lovebirds must not be put with any other birds. Take the parakeet out immediately before the lovebird tears its face off and kill it.
If they aren't separated the lovebird will kill the budgie (I assume that's the kind of parakeet to which you are referring?). And when lovebirds kill other birds, it isn't pretty. They usually go for the eyes first...

In short your answer is that you can't stop this behavior. The lovebird is only doing what lovebirds do.

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My mother's lovebird has begun constantly biting a much smaller parakeeton the beak. These two birds share the same cage. ... the time head-first in it's little nest. Does anyone have any suggestions regarding why and how to stop this behavior?

As other people have said, you can't stop it. The lovebird will kill the budgie (if it's lucky by a quick skull crush) or maim it so badly (eyes pecked out, beak removed, all toes bitten off) that you and it will wish it was dead. The lovebird hasn't gone "rogue"; it is just being a lovebird. Their name is very misleading.
Alan
The lovebird is only doing what lovebirds do.

Serious question
How the hell do you suppose they ever got the name "love" birds??

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The lovebird is only doing what lovebirds do.

Serious question How the hell do you suppose they ever got the name "love" birds??

Cos they love biting other birdies toes and beaks off??
The lovebird is only doing what lovebirds do.

Serious question How the hell do you suppose they ever got the name "love" birds??

Well when they pair off, the couples spend a lot of their time preening each other, nestling up against each other and regurgitating for (which I guess looks like French kissing) each other. Of course, the rest of the time they'll be fighting with other couples or with each other :-)

IMO a lot of problems are caused because when two lovebirds meet they often seem to have a play fight. Any bird that didn't respond correctly or which didn't back down and fly away if the fight became serious (e.g. if it's of another species, is in the same cage, or in one of my lovebird's case is IMO retarded) would be in for a possibly terminal mauling. In any fight a lovebird will have a huge advantage because they are brilliantly acrobatic fliers and are programmed to attack the most vulnerable points; they are quite capable of killing a bird many times their size with no injury to themselves. IIRC in Hitchcock's "The Birds" it's caged lovebirds who seem to trigger everything off.
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Alan
HA! I sure wish I knew the answer to that question Emotion: smile. It's definitely a misnomer, ain't it!

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HA! I sure wish I knew the answer to that question Emotion: smile. It'sdefinitely a misnomer, ain't it!

A friend of mine crossed a Peach Face with a Blask Mask, the babies were adorable
and meaner than cat ***. If you put your hand in the cage, they'd attack and lay the back of your hand open just as quick and neat as a scalpel. In the flight cage, they'd go for your face. We were terrified of them. We called them the Flying Razor Blades.

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