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Being out of the loop creates a much greater potential for screaming. This can start with the parrot’s contact calls and if no one responds to the calls, the parrot may start to scream so he will get the attention he needs. If he lives in the same room where people spend most of their time, the parrot can get his social needs met more easily with ambient attention. Ambient attention is defined as the time spent in the same room where there is occasional calling back and forth. The parrot is in his cage or on his playgym but he is not receiving physical attention. If he calls to the people in the room with a simple sound or a more elaborate, “What are you doing?” he receives a response such as, “I’m reading the paper,” or “I’m watching the TV.” For most parrots this is a very significant interaction. A response is reassuring and helps keep him secure about his place in the family flock.
Although it is important that people share their living areas with their parrot, the parrot’s cage should not be in an area where there is a great deal of chaos. Some parrots may thrive on lots of action while others may be intimidated by being in an area with too much action. Lots of kids coming in and out of the door, dogs barking at a nearby window, people going up and down the stairs, and a loud television or radio are examples of activities that can create too much chaos for a permanent cage location. One parrot that I knew was driven to the brink because his cage was right next to the big screen television. His human flock was a couple who had different work schedules and the TV was on during the day and at night. This made it impossible for the bird to get the sleep he needed and he was acting out about it - mostly with extreme screaming. Once they got him a sleeping cage in a back room, his behavior got a lot better. While many parrots love to have their cages next to a window so they can see the outside world, this location also comes with a warning. Too much activity can be intimidating for some parrots. Many people like to have their parrots’ cages at a window so the parrots can derive entertainment from watching the outdoor bird feeder. This is a good idea and does give the parrot something to observe while their human friends are away. However, it can be scary for the parrot if a raptor flies down..............................................................
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Loveland, Colorado USA
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