Parrot shrieks when excited
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?