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Undesired Vocalization

Why does my bird scream?

Companion birds vocalize for multiple reasons. This behavior has a purpose for the bird, but can be undesired in the human world. Birds are extremely social creatures.  When a bird hears a  loud gathering, they want to join in.  

Advise on undesired vocalization to note:

When you scream at your bird, your bird may scream back because they think you are having a social gathering conversation.

If you ignore the undesired vocalization, this can cause frustration for the bird looking for information from human companion. 

Say "No' does not tell the bird what is acceptable behavior.

Spray bottles can make the bird insecure and still may not resolve the issue

Covering the bird may seem to work, but again does not teach the bird what it should do instead of undesired vocalization, and can cause broken bond with the human.

Recommendation is to positively reinforcing a sound you prefer to hear.  For as long as the bird has learned the undesired vocalization, it can take longer to redirect to a new behavior.  

Click here to listen Barbara Heidenreich explain in more details on redirecting undesired vocalization.


Sign up for a consultation for assistance on undesired vocalization to learn about forage/enrichment ideas and redirect behaviors. 

Undesired Biting

Why does my bird bite me?

Birds do not bite each other in the wild.  Birds learn to bite.

When a bird is frighten, unclear, or insecure, and the bird has no escape route, a bird will give body language of being uncomfortable.  If we miss this signal, the bird will use the beak to try to move us.  Guess what we move, so the bird learns how to move us. 

If you ignore uncomfortable body language, biting will occur,  Birds become quicker and faster the more we ignore the body language.  

Recommendation: Slow down and observe body language.

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