What does giving you the raspberry mean? Like when you blow on kid's stomachs?
Manzi used to always ride on my shoulder and one bad bite I got from that is when he started slipping off, then grabbed my shirt (with a bit of skin underneath). It made me holler and he flew away immediately. That was the first time I realized that he had a very powerful beak and could bite very hard if he wanted. It didn't even cut me or make me bleed either.
Yeah, when they do mess up, they often are pretty contrite!!
On my shoulder, buttons, accidents, earrings, and necklaces were off limits. Manzi quickly valued being on my shoulder more than any of those other things and rarely, if ever, broke those rules. He did sometimes scream still too loud in my ears, but even that was pretty infrequent. He seemed to know to keep it down if on my shoulder.
Makes me miss having my shoulder buddy!! People used to say he was my little sentinel! Unfortunately that relationship didn't work well with other humans as he would get pretty protective of me and threaten people getting too close to me. The first 5 years it was mostly just me and him (and I'm pretty introvert and a homebody), so it wasn't an issue.
My first grey used to ride my shoulder. He would grab earrings, collars, necklaces and you name it. I would remove jewellery before letting him out. He would grab my glasses and throw them across the room. I had beak scratches on the lens.
Chyloe is too ladylike. She prefers to just ride on my arm and never goes after my jewellery or glasses.
Max, CAG (In my heart forever) Taz, Tiel (Rest in peace my sweet girl) Chyloe, CAG
Sheeba will climb up my shirt to be on my shoulder, she acts like she belongs there. Fortunately, she has never gone after my ears, she did scratch up my glasses a few times, but she now understands they are off limits. I think I can read her body language and I do trust her, even though she does bite my hand/finger every few months or so. But you definitely don't want to be barefoot when she's on the floor! Toes are fair game, like she thinks they are so weird she has to investigate, which means a good bite.
One problem with the shoulder sitting is you can't really see them and so can't read their body language, which is definitely crucial with a Grey. I let Ruby on my shoulder occasionally but honestly don't completely trust her. It's been a long time since I got tagged but my memory(s) linger! Definitely makes me miss my cockatiel (RIP) who was an angelic shoulder-sitter not to mention no worries even if she did bite (which was practically never).