Screeching Rainbow loorikeet

by Abigail
(New Zealand)

My 6 year old rainbow loorikeet (who I hand reared) has recently started making weird screeching noises (a deep vibrating noise). She does it when I come home and also sometimes whilst on my shoulder. She also makes high pitch screechs whenever she sees me. She never used to do any of this, there's been no recent change in circumstances that I can think of. She has a very large cage with plenty of stimulating toys and comes out everyday. Please help me identify whats wrong/ fix it before a very bad and hard to break habit is developed. Thank you.

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May 09, 2011
Lorikeet screeching
by: The Avian Vet

First you should have your bird examined by an avian veterinarian with blood work to be sure he is healthy. You cannot just look at a bird and see that it is completely healthy.

Second, this may be a hormonal behavior related to reproductive activity. I recommend check his health first, then discuss this with a behaviorist, or discuss it with your avian veterinarian if they have behavior experience. I am happy to do a phone behavior consult after you have made sure he is healthy.

Dr B
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