African Grey - TV and Radio

by Matt
(New York )

What are your thoughts about leaving the tv on or some music for my african grey.

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Dec 08, 2012
TV and radio
by: Angela

I always leave the radio on for my bird when I leave the house. I see you live in NY and so do I. I used to put on 100.7 but it's constant Christmas music now so I switched to 103.1. It's too quiet in the house with no music and I found my bird squawked the entire time I wasn't home. Music helps a lot. If I have to leave the house at night when she is covered for bed, I leave the TV on so she thinks I'm home watching TV.

Dec 08, 2012
African Grey- TV and Radio
by: D. Singh

Hi there , I've a Cockatiel who's 18 years old and an Orange Wing Amazon who's 4 years old. They've their own CD player with Radio and a 32 inch TV which is in the living room; 8 feet away from their cages. Their TV is on from the time I awake on mornings until they're ready to sleep at about 6 pm. They both love all the children shows like treehouse etc. I do have 2 other TV's 1 in my bedroom and 1 in my kitchen that I watch my shows on. Sometimes according to the shows I'll their TV; the 3 of us will sit on the sofa and watch together. At times I'll take them into my bedroom and we all watch TV together. We all eat 1 meal at the kitchen table and watch the TV there. I'll then give them cooked rice and vegetables to eat. My Amazon has already learned to wipe his beak with a tissue after eating. When I play their TV and Radio I usually plays them very softly but where THEY can hear it. They love music and my Amazon dance to the music and makes clapping sounds with his tongue. I hold them both on my hands and dance with them and they just love it. If I go to the kitchen before turning on the TV in the morning my Cockatiel makes noise until I return in the living room and turn it on, then she's quiet.If I'm out for the day the TV is left on so they don't feel lonely. If you can get CD's to teach your bird to talk and sing, he'll learn a lot very quickly. Good luck to your bird and you, God bless.

Dec 07, 2012
Reply to Linda
by: Matt

Thank You Linda for the insight. I spend a good amount of time with my grey, Im not currently in the market for another bird, just wanted to get an idea of the common consensus and the dos and don't a with african Greys and TV/ radios the way people do this for their dogs.

I don't plan to leave music or the TV on blaring for my bird for extended periods of time, just wanted to know if it is more comforting to them then silence for a few hours. However I have a better understanding and thanks once again for your comments. Any other opinions and insights and examples are greatly appreciated.

Dec 07, 2012
African Grey - TV and Radio
by: Linda

If you're gone for long periods of time, the radio would be best set on some quieter music and not played too loud. Parrots and TV are such that they can't be either too close to it or watch it for too long at a time. Birds have very sharp eyesight and can see very clearly at long distances. The TV looks like a lot of pixels to them, and the closer they are, the worse it is. TV's also have the flash effect which will make parrots nervous and could possibly cause some kind of seizure activity. Same is true for computer screens. For short periods of time, a TV that is in another room will work. What you have to remember about the Greys is they repeat things they hear perfectly, and this would mean your bird would learn a lot of horrible tv commercials and "play" them back to you all the time.

The radio on a nice fm station would be great even with a few commercials. Birds like a wide variety of music, and whatever your Grey likes, he will learn, so make sure YOU like it whatever it is. Do not play heavy metal because it is upsetting to them. They do like a little rock and roll, classical, hymns and the long-hair music so long as there are not a bunch of tinny horns in there. Soft and easy listening is the key here. Just be sure the radio is tuned down so as not to blast him with noise as birds take little cat naps during the day.

Of course, a radio or tv will never take the place of a favorite human, so you may wish to think about getting another bird that is kept in another cage in same room as the Grey. It could be a smaller bird, though if there is a chance of them playing together outside of cage, a bird about the same size would be best. Another Grey or an Amazon would work very well. The Grey would teach the new bird to talk and sing. The Yellow-Head Amazon is a good choice, and the smaller Red-Lored and Mexican Redhead are also good choices. The smaller ones like the Red Heads and Red-Lored's do not talk as distinctly as the larger Amazons, but they do talk and sing because I have a male Red Lored who has a large vocabulary, and with the Grey as a teacher would learn a lot. The smaller Amazons are about 13" from top of head to end of tail.

If you decide to get another bird, make sure it is examined by an Avian Vet BEFORE bringing it home. You can set it up where you already have an appointment for the new bird and take it directly from store or breeder to Avian Vet's office. They will check for infections, and if your bird needs treatment, board it with the Avian Vet for the duration of the treatment. Usually bacterial infections take no more than a week, and in the meantime, you can be setting up the new cage with everything he needs.The reason for the Avian Vet before coming home is infections both bacterial and viral are highly contageous, so you don't want to make your Grey sick and have to pay vet bills for both birds.

Thanks for writing and let us know how everything goes.


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