Thursday, 14 October 2010

Parrot Behaviour - Screaming and other Vocalizations

Screaming and other Vocalizations.

a) Contact with Flock Members. Parrots in the wild often screech so they can
keep track of each other. They primarily do this at dawn and dusk. Mated pairs sometimes “duet” and vocalize together.

a) Sentinel Behavior. This has been seen in African grays, cockatoos, and Pyrhurra Conures. Parrots often scream in response to something they perceive to be a potential threat.

d) Wants Attention. Parrots will vocalize to get attention.

e) Mating Season. Parrots will screech more often during mating season to advertise their territory and to attract a mate.

How to Respond to a Screaming Parrot:

-Note that all parrots make some noise. Behavior modification is only needed if the parrot screams non-stop for long periods of time. Some parrots, such as Aratinga Conures, Nanday Conures, Patagonian Conures, Amazons, Macaws, and Cockatoos are known for being quite loud.

a) Don’t Yell Back. This will reinforce the behavior.

b) Be sure the Environment isn’t too loud. Loud households often produce loud parrots. Place the parrot in a quieter area, but make sure that the spot is not too secluded, and that the bird will still receive lots of attention.

c) Teach it a New Sound. Encourage the parrot to whistle, talk, trill or beep when it wants attention.

d) Toys, Attention. Make sure the parrot has enough to do and that it isn’t too lonely.

e) Provide White Noise. Play a radio quietly to mask other sounds that could be bothering your parrot.

f) Anticipate the screaming. Figure out when the screaming usually starts and provide a distraction. For example, give it a shower at that time so it’s busy preening.