HOW CAN I MAKE MY BIRD STOP SCREAMING?
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Many parrots are surprisingly loud for their size. People may buy them for their beautiful colors, talking ability, or cuddliness, then get rid of them because of the noise. Your bird may be calling out to you as his "mate", wanting you to be by his side at all times. This can occur as the bird gets mature and his or her hormones are saying find a mate and settle down to raise a family. It is best to try not to respond in any way, since talking or yelling or going into the room to try and quiet him down will be giving him attention for doing something you don't want him to do.
Some experts recommend covering the cage for a 5 minute time out, but covering him for longer periods would be cruel. If you keep a towel or blanket near the cage, just walk into the room and cover him without saying a word. 5 minutes later, walk in and uncover him, at which point you can talk to him as long as he is not screaming. It may take a long time for him to learn this lesson. You may want to buy some ear plugs! There is a book called "Guide to a Well Behaved Parrot" that is available in many book stores that may offer more advice. "Bird Talk Magazine" is also a great source of information.
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