seperation anxiety?

I have a seven month old conure that starts squawking nonstop whenever I leave his line of vision. When I can I put him on my shoulder and then he's fine, but I can't have him with me all the time. How can I get him to stop squawking every time I leave the room?

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Feb 24, 2012
Separation anxiety
by: Angela

I had the same problem with my Quaker parrot who constantly squawked when I left the room. I think it's just because they're babies and in the wild they do call out to their mother/mate to make sure they're still there. I keep him in the kitchen when I'm there and when we watch TV he comes into the living room. Understandably you can't have the bird with you all the time. Mine is two years old now and he still squawks when I'm in the shower so I just call out to reassure him I'm still around. When I leave the house I put the radio on for him so he won't think he's alone and it must keep him quiet because I haven't had any complaints from the neighbors.

Feb 23, 2012
seperation anxiety?
by: Linda

During the day, when you are there, put him in a room you spend a lot of time in. Also, if he continues this behavior, try and ignore him. Once he has become quiet, then take him out and lavishly praise him for being such a good bird.

Training works if people praise any little thing bird does right, and it is this positive reinforcement that gets them to "want to" do things right. Parrots have roughly the mental and emotional development of 4-5 year old human children. When you think about it that way, it's possible to get more good behavior by praising for any good actions and being firm with any negative ones. Being firm in your stand which is also called consistency works every time. People who are wishy washy with their pets whether birds, dogs or cats confuse them, and once confused, they revert back to the old negative behaviors. Attention is attention whether negative or positive when they just want to be noticed.

Also, I would like to caution your about putting him on your shoulder. Lots of people do this, and it is potentially very dangerous. If your bird gets frightened or angry, your face, eyes, ears, mouth, nose and neck are there for him to tear into. Birds are exotic wild animals, and they act the part a lot of the time, so do not carry him on shoulder. I've had some bad experiences with birds on shoulders, so I speak from experience with stitches.


Feb 23, 2012
by: Anonymous

I'm sorry I don't have an answer for you but I have the same problem with my citron cockatoo and she is LOUD, lol. Regardless, I love her dearly and would never part with her. She will also scream while we are in the room for someone to go pick her up.

I keep telling her that when she quiets down, I will go get her, lol. Hope someone can help. I have tried ignoring her also but she will scream for hours until I finally have to give in.

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