We have an umbrella cockatoo that screams when he's feeling ignored. He's sweet, but loud, what can we do to calm him down?
Zanna, it sounds like your bird is bonded to you and relying on you for his social interactions. There are things you can do to resolve his raucous behavior but it can take time. In the wild, he’d be foraging for his meals and interacting with other birds in his flock. You need to provide appropriate opportunities for him to express these natural behaviors. The first thing to do is to make life more interesting for him. He’s an intelligent bird and needs environmental enrichment. Some suggestions are to provide climbing branches for him to play in, hide food in small cups and boxes so he has to work for his meals, interactive toys, things he can safely chew up and shred. One good suggestion is to tie treats to branches with raffia and let him forage for them. This will give him something to do and keep him mentally busy. To discourage him from screaming, don’t give him any attention for doing it. Instead, when he screams, cover his cage so he’s in a type of “time out”, then when he’s quiet you can take him out and reward him with attention. Punishment isn’t a good idea. He’s not doing this to be annoying, it’s just his way of letting you know that he needs something but he can learn to express that need in a more appropriate way. | 11.05.15 @ 07:58