Dear Parrot Lover,
If you are the devout owner of a colorful parrot then you surely known that their vocal ability can also be quite ‘colorful’. Parrots can screech, scream and cry out more than any other pet. This screaming can not only hurt your ears, but it can also escalate and hurt your chances of renting an apartment or having a roommate.
Parrot screaming is a very bad habit that needs to be nipped in the bud as soon as possible. This can be done using the following tips and suggestions:
Do understand that some screaming is perfectly normal for all parrots and screaming in itself cannot be fully eradicated. Parrots will be at their loudest at both dusk and dawn as part of their flock mentality. This screaming is fine, but any screaming that is too excessive should certainly be stopped.
Be conscious of the way in which you interact with your parrot when they are screaming. Try to reward the screaming with too much attention or drama on your part. Although it is easier said than done, always do your best to actually ignore your parrot’s excessive screams. So do not acknowledge your parrot when they are screaming, and certainly do not look or talk to your parrot either.
It may be easier for you if you can actually walk out of the room once your parrot starts screaming.
Once your parrot does stop screaming for at least a minute or two you should immediately reward him by giving plenty of praise and love. Then slowly increase the time before praising your parrot. Soon your parrot will just opt for the praise and the screaming should subside.
A great alternative to screaming is to teach your parrot to whisper quietly. Parrots are extremely intelligent and once they’ve learned that they will get your attention when the scream you will need to teach them that they will get better attention when they whisper. This can be done by simply teaching your parrot a different sound, phrase or a whistle.
Another great tip is to choose a pleasant sound that your parrot already makes and then encourage your parrot to continue to make it. Whenever he makes that particular sound, be sure to reward him immediately. The reward can be as simple as a praise or attention, or it can be something more meaningful such as his favorite treat or even a new toy. The more attention you give your parrot at this time, the quicker your parrot will stop screaming and instead adopt a more pleasant way to vocalize.
Keep a diary and make a note whenever your parrot screams. Over time you will eventually see a screaming pattern and by notating the screams you will be able to learn what triggers your parrot’s screaming. You can then work to eliminate these triggers from your parrot’s surroundings.
Teach your parrot to talk. A talking parrot is much better to have than a screaming parrot!
Parrot Screaming Making Your Ears Hurt?
Do all parrots make this much noise?
The simple answer is yes. Birds and parrots are just noisy by nature. It’s how they communicate with one another, and that means that making noise is how they talk to you too.
There is more than one reason that a bird may loudly squawk or scream. Trying to grab your attention is only one of those reasons, but it can also be one of the most annoying forms. A bird being territorial is another common reason. Buying a second bird doesn’t really help in either of these situations and can actually make it worse.
Tips for a quieter bird
First, you want to identify why your bird is being so loud. Birds communicate a lot non-verbally too with body language, and there are cues you can learn to pick up on that demonstrate why the screaming is happening.
Second, you want to learn the tips that actually help quiet your bird down. The old school technique of throwing a blanket over a cage doesn’t do a whole lot to comfort or quiet your bird. Training your bird is one technique that always works, and there are a few easy tips you can incorporate right away.
Third, no matter why your bird is screaming certain toys and mental stimulation go a long way to helping quiet your bird. That’s because your bird is happier and more content in his cage. Look for toys he enjoys and that stimulate his natural behaviors. Food dispenser toys or creating opportunities for him to search for food helps to keep his mind busy too.
Parrot Screaming Secrets Revealed
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