Parrot Behaviour

Parrot Behaviour

My parrot is afraid of me. How can I get my parrot to trust me? 

The most important tool in helping you gain trust with your parrot is a positive reinforcement approach to training. This means instead of using coercion to gain cooperation, your parrot is given the choice to participate. When he does what you ask, good things happen…like he gets his favorite treats. Positive reinforcement training usually involves identifying small steps or approximations your parrot can make towards a goal behavior. Using this process called shaping with approximations you can teach your parrot to present many behaviors and most importantly to look forward to interacting with you.

My parrot bites or attacks people. How do I stop my parrot from biting?

Parrot biting and aggressive behavior can be rooted in many different causes. Some parrots bite as a way to let you know they don’t like what you are doing. Some parrots learn to bite to get a desired response. Other parrots may become highly aroused and suddenly bite without warning. Baby parrots may start mouthing gently and then gradually increase the pressure. Some parrots bite defending their territories and some bite in response to someone coming to close to their preferred human. Sometimes we can’t always determine why a parrot bites or shows aggressive behavior. But even when we don’t know the cause there are solutions to parrot biting behaviors.

My parrot screams for attention. How do I stop my parrot from screaming?

Does your parrot scream whenever you leave the room? Or perhaps your parrot screams only when you talk on the phone or when someone new enters the room. Screaming parrots can try the most patient person. Some parrots scream so much they hardly seem to stop to take a breath.  In many cases you find yourself running into a room to cover the parrot, or yelling at the parrot to “be quiet.” Unfortunately these actions are probably not teaching your parrot to be quiet in the long run. They may stop the screaming for a few moments, but they do not teach a parrot what to do that is acceptable. 

You may have heard you should just ignore the screaming, but like the other methods mentioned simply ignoring screaming doesn’t usually work. For one it is almost impossible to ignore completely and in fact other things may be maintaining this behavior besides your attention. 

Fortunately parrot screaming can be turned around. Training parrots with positive reinforcement can change a problem parrot into a pleasant companion. It doesn’t matter if your parrot has gone through many homes, has a history of abuse, or has gradually developed problem behavior.

My parrot only likes one person in the family. How can I teach him to like me and others?

A parrot who only interacts with one person in the family can sometimes learn to show aggressive behavior towards other people. Take a proactive approach and nip this behavior in the bud before it happens.   One approach to addressing the one person parrot problem is to teach your parrot simple behaviors or tricks that require no handling. People who want to develop a relationship with your parrot can cue your bird for these simple behaviors and offer a treat. This helps pair a treat with a new person and gives your parrot a behavior to focus on instead of aggressing. 

We do offer one to one help with parrot behaviour please contact us for more information 

Posted on 08/18/2015 by D H Grantham Home 2 623

2 Comments

  • Dawn Grantham

    Dawn Grantham 09/11/2015

    I saw dawns name on a site offering to help with parrot problems, i contacted her as i was at the end of my tether with my b&g macaw. Erica is fifteen years old and was called eric before laying six six eggs, my problem was /is a bird that screams when i leave her, dawn visited and instructed me in things i could do to improve the situation also where not to tickle her as she was not treating me as a leader but as a mate, i followed dawns instructions , placing lots more toys in her cage and on top when she,s out , she loves destroying cardboard boxes, with treats , little toys , and anything safe i put in there , i then took erica over to dawns to have her wings and nails clipped , when this was done , dawn placed her on a stand and showed me how to get her to step up onto my arm , things have greatly improved , erica , my patience, and ericas diet , which i have started to change ,she still has her moments , but we are getting there and i am making a stand , so i can move her round the house a bit more
  • Neal Short

    Neal Short 09/10/2015

    These are great tips and the one to one help is great and helped us when we got our first blue and gold macaw now we can all handle her

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