How can I get my ringnek to stop screeching?

My 4yr old ringnek is schreeching incessantly and it is driving us insane! It's not the same as his usual, natural sounds - he is obviously schreeching to get our attention! How can I get him to stop doing this? It's not that we don't give him attention, he gets loads of it...but lately he's started "acting up" if he doesn't get his way. Also, he seems to have switched partners - he used to want to be with me all the time, but now he's following my boyfriend wherever he goes...literally. It's gotten to the point where my boyfriend can't even leave the room or close the door without our ringnek completely freaking out and schreeching. Any advice?

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Jul 12, 2013
Ringneck companion not suggested
by: Tracie

Birds will choose who they want, and there is not usually a reason that we can see. As far as getting the bird a friend, that is great as long as you keep the other bird in another cage.

Please remember that you will have twice the mess and twice the noise along with twice the expense. Having two birds could mean having a screeching contest daily. Yes, it will be kind that they will have each other to communicate with, but it doesn't insure that your home will be quieter.

Jul 12, 2013
Insights on strange behaviour?
by: Anonymous

Thank you!! The advice and reference to the training page was very useful.

Do you perhaps have any insights as to why my ringnek would switch "partners" suddenly and why he would be obsessed with my boyfriend all of a sudden? When I take him away from my boyfriend, or take him out of his cage, he immediately starts flapping his wings, walk around restlessly on my shoulder, wanting to go to my boyfriend.

I've been thinking lately that he might be lonely during the day when we are at work...should I consider getting him a friend (another ringnek)? Or will that only make matters worse?

Jun 30, 2013
Ringneck parrot screeching
by: Tracie

If your bird had just started screeching for no reason, then I would think it may be ill and trying to communicate it doesn't feel well. Since you indicate it has something to do with your boyfriend, it is likely a matter of training.

Please read the articles on this Parrot Training page for help in training your bird to do something different to communicate that it wants your boyfriend to stay in the room.

Your bird needs to be able to communicate it's desires and needs, you just need to help it learn something that is acceptable to you. Both training it to have another method of getting attention, and teaching the bird that there are certain times it will get the attention it desires will remedy this situation for the most part.

Be aware that it will take a lot of time and patience to train your bird. Your bird is a living creature with desires and needs just like you. You have to train your bird just like we have to train our children when they can't communicate with words.

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