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Messagepar Jojo » Mer Juil 24, 2013 11:03 pm

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The most aggravating and common problem associated with parrots, and often the first issue people think about before considering to buy (or not) one, over-vocalization is entirely preventable. From a biological standpoint vocalizing serves several purposes; to notify other birds of an individual's presence and/or territory, to locate other flock mates and communicate with them, to create a warning call or alarm for potential predators that have been detected, etc...

Pet birds who screaming incessantly for no apparent reason other than to get the attention of the humans around them are actually taught the behaviour through negative reinforcement. All birds will vocalize for about 15-20 minutes twice a day, typically at dawn and dusk. This is innate in their natural behaviour and cannot be avoided. When most birds arrive at their new home they tend to be quiet and reserved for the first few days to a week. The new owner often believes this to be the normal personality of their pet therefore once their bird begins to scream, squawk or what not they tend to either respond to the bird verbally or cover the cage with a blanket (and old useless trick many poorly informed parrot owners still swear by). Of course over the next few weeks talking to the bird doesn't work anymore, so next they let the bird out. Eventually the noise snowballs into a scream fest until the owner cannot handle it. Thousands of pet parrots are re-homed and given up because of this.

The golden rule for preventing and fixing over-vocalization is NEVER respond to it in any way or fashion. Do not look at your bird, talk to it, give it any treat or toy if it is vocalizing (the exception would be if the bird is learning how to talk and you want to reward it's efforts). Any kind of reaction either negative or positive only teaches your pet that eventually if they scream long and hard enough they will win your attention.

Like most things prevention is the best tool in dealing with a problem. It is much easier to ignore 15 minutes of slightly loud bird calls then live with 50 years of intense screaming.
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