Do you have a noisy bird?
There are two moments throughout each day when Rainbow is noisiest. Both in the morning, when he first wakes up and is eager to wish everyone a good start to the new day, and in the evening, just before it becomes dark when he realizes that it is almost time for bed. These identical behaviors are shown by the parrots in their natural environment. They make a sound in the evening as though they are doing a head count to determine whether or not all of their flock has made it through the day. The next morning, be sure you call out to check whether all of the birds made it through the night without getting hurt. Something to think about…
I have some words of wisdom for those birds who really like to make a racket. Despite the fact that conures are loud birds, I am really fortunate to have this problem under control.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
My bird has started screaming very loud, my neighbors are complaining, what do I do? What’s the motivation?
Having to cope with a parrot that screams might be one of the most challenging aspects of having a parrot, as it can be quite annoying. The uplifting news is that it might indicate that he is just enjoying himself, and when a parrot is in a good mood, he wants to broadcast his happiness to the whole world. Any given parrot is capable of exhibiting a variety of screams, and as your relationship with your pet develops, you will become more attuned to your pet’s needs and learn to distinguish between the repetitive shrieking for attention and the shrieking caused by anxiety or physical discomfort. The first thing you need to do is figure out why your parrot is screaming. Perhaps he was startled by something he saw through the window; perhaps he is calling out for his flock members, who would be your family; or perhaps he has his toe trapped in the door of the cage. The habit of screaming out of fear or pain is not something that we would want to change, so we will focus on the issue of screaming, which is screaming in order to get someone’s attention.
How does this behavior relate to the species in the wild?
You will get the greatest insight into the reason why your bird cries if you find the solution to this question. When they are in the wild, parrots make a lot of noise because they use their voices to communicate with other members of their flock across a very vast region. At home, your family serves as the flock; hence, it’s not uncommon for your pet parrot to let you know he’s nearby by making a pecking sound, much like he would in the wild when he hears you in another room. Both in the wild and in people’s homes, the noisiest times of day for parrots are first thing in the morning and last thing at night. They prefer to give a yell at the beginning of the day to let the others know that they had survived the previous night. This is known as “calling duty.” As the sun begins to set in the evening, they make their way through the flock, calling out to individual members so that they may find their way to the common roosting tree where they will spend the night.
What is the treatment for the behavior?
Shouting, squirting, and throwing things at the cage are all examples of kinds of negative reinforcement. The majority of the published material on how to cope with screaming is loaded with strategies that use negative reinforcement.
Does the use of negative reinforcement have any effect?
Although all of these and other approaches have been tried in the past with some success in the treatment of problem screaming, none of them are very effective. When using negative reinforcement to teach an animal, the animal will only exert the amount of effort necessary to avoid receiving the punishment. This implies that if you spray your bird with water every time he screams, ultimately he will learn not to scream when he sees you standing there with a water bottle in your hand. This may be accomplished by squirting your bird with water every time he screams. And keep in mind that this strategy will only work if he hates being squirted with water in the first place; otherwise, you run the risk of training him to cry whenever he gets a bath. The most efficient method for using negative reinforcement is to make the bird believe that he was the one who brought about the negative reinforcement and that you had nothing to do with bringing about the reinforcement. One trainer utilized a line that was linked to the cage of a screaming bird. When the bird screamed, the trainer could provide a small pull on the rope from another room, causing the cage to shake a little bit. This is an example of the effective usage of negative reinforcement. The bird did not enjoy the movement, and it was only able to link the shaking to the act of his shouting, which solved the issue completely.
How can you stop someone from shouting by using positive reinforcement?
Training behavior that is incompatible with the situation is one option. You may teach your bird to do something that is appropriate for him to do in order to get your attention if he is always trying to attract it. For instance, if your bird is in the other room continually screeching his head off, and you establish that the purpose of the screaming is for your attention, then you should teach him to say “hello” so that he may get the reaction that he wants. If whenever your bird says hello you rush into the room and reward him with praise or a treat, he will quickly learn that the most successful way to gain your attention is to say “hello,” he will soon learn that saying “hello” is the most effective way to get your attention. You may even educate him that there are numerous words in his vocabulary that will bring you into the room so that he doesn’t have to keep repeating the same phrase over and over again. You will soon be able to reduce the frequency of the reinforcements to a few times each day, which will free you from the need to rush into the room every time your bird greets you. Your bird will realize, in due time, that his attempts to grab your attention by screeching will be fruitless. The most essential thing is to make sure that issue screaming is not encouraged in any way, since behavior that is not reinforced will gradually fade away on its own.
Is it possible for you to teach him to be quiet by rewarding him for being quiet in the past?
This is a highly complicated idea, and it’s unlikely that a parrot could grasp it. You cannot encourage behavior that is not now being shown by the individual. It is difficult to tell what your parrot believes he was being reinforced for if you come over to offer him a reward when he is sitting in his cage being silent. It’s possible that he was yawning, standing on one foot, or preening a feather at the time. It’s more probable that he’ll attribute the reinforcement to whatever it was he was thinking about at the moment than to the fact that he was being silent.