Parrot shrieks when excited

by Tiffany
(California)

I have a 6 year old male green winged macaw. He is very loving and sweet towards me and likes my husband and daughter. He is not a talker although he will try when we are out of the room.

When he gets excited, either from playing with a toy or when our daughter goes near him and jumps around too much, he shrieks. It is a high pitch noise that only lasts one second. He will pause for about 5 to 15 seconds and do it again if he is still excited. When I'm in view of him, he usually stops.

He doesn't do it all the time, just on occasion when he is playing or too much stimulation from someone other than me. When I hear it I usually go and quietly cover him without talking or looking at him for 5 minutes. It almost always works to quiet him down.

Unfortunately I am tired of always having to do this and sometimes he does it for a certain Period throughout the day when we are gone and my husbands parents are home. They don't go near him or do anything about it when he shrieks. They do not like to hear him either. I am almost certain that he doesn't do this to get attention, but I would like to break the habit once and for all.

I spend time with him at least every other day, and he has a friend, an african grey who is in the next cage beside him. Their cages do not touch. I don't think he is lonely, but i do think he has too much energy and maybe he just needs to burn it off. Can you please help me with this?
Sincerely, Tiffany

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Feb 07, 2012
Parrot shrieks when excited
by: Linda

Tiffany, this is fairly normal behavior when a bird is not getting the attention it needs. Your bird needs to be handled by you every single day without fail. If your parents do not know how to handle him, then they should continue to keep their distance. Your child needs to be taught not to jump around when close to the bird's cage. Covering him up is only a temporary fix because what he really needs is more of your time and attention. I'm not saying to pick him up everytime he screams, but make sure you are handling him everyday so he does not feel the need to scream for someone's attention.

Your bird could also be ill, and only an Avian Vet can help you with diagnosing and treating your bird. It would be a good idea to rule out physical causes.

To sum up, your bird needs more attention from you and less scary behavior from any children in the house. It takes birds a long time to accept children and even when they do, the younger ones are still very scary for them because of the quick, sudden movements. Parrots are potentially dangerous to children not trained in how to handle and act around them, so this is something that you have to begin doing with your children right away.

There are some training materials on the Parrot Training page once your bird has been examined by an Avian Vet. Do no training until your bird has been either checked out to be healthy or has been treated for any physical problems, When working with your bird, keep children completely away from you and the bird. Training is very stressful, so make sure bird is healthy enough to take this stress without falling down dead as a result of being sick and over stressed.

You can get to the bottom of the problems, but only if you have made a firm commitment to your bird's health and well being. Most birds hate being locked up in cage all the time, and yours is no exception to this rule. Spend more time with him as you are very fortunate to be able to have a pet like a parrot.

Linda

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