Explanation Parrot Biting and Screaming issues?

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Parrots are intelligent, entertaining and beautiful creatures. They may also be the most misunderstood and
frustrating of all animals commonly kept as pets today.Pet parrot behavior is fast becoming the boom sector of the pet industry for the new

Parrot behavior is largely responsible for another fast growing area in the companion parrot world: parrot
sanctuaries. These are the places where people can donate, often for a fee, their treasured pet that they can no
longer stand to live with. The lucky parrots find their way here as many other parrots end up being sold back to
pet shops or in newspapers like used cars. Most often the undesirable behavior of the bird is at the root of his
love-hate relationship.

Some experts have expressed some pretty interesting views about why parrots scream and consequently some
pretty interesting ideas for solutions to the problem. One “behaviorist” blamed a painting of Abraham Lincoln
looking directly at the bird for its screaming problem. She said, “He was a good man but not a handsome man.”
She also scolded the owner of the bird for wearing a back T-shirt with paintings of parrots on it, which scared the
parrot into screaming because all the bird saw was dead parrots! These are fairly wild explanations for something
that, when you look at natural parrot behavior, is very easily understood.Screaming is one of the most natural things a parrot does in the wild and, likewise, one of the most natural things a
parrot does in captivity. At sunup each morning the forests are alive with sounds of parrots claiming their territory
and expressing their well being with various contact calls and other vocalizations. In the wild, parrots scream as
a play behavior, to define territory, and to communicate many messages to other birds in their community. This
form of screaming is innate, driven by instincts, and is one of the reasons that parrots make such challenging pets
for many people. Unfortunately, it is difficult to eliminate instinctive behavior in any organism.
Screaming can easily become a learned behavior in a captive parrot. Behavior is a product of it’s consequence, and
if a parrot’s screaming brings its owner rushing into the room and showing the bird attention, it is very possible
the bird will soon learn to scream for attention.
So, how do you stop a parrot from screaming? That question is similar to how do you stop a dog from playing, or
how do you stop a child from laughing? However, parrots are more independent than both dogs and children and
are more difficult to control with negative interactions, which, unfortunately, are the most common approaches
used to modify behavior with both dogs and children. Few people realize the power of positive reinforcement
and usually resort to the less effective, but easier to use, negative approaches. Many people have tried covering
the cage of a screaming parrot or squirting the bird with a squirt bottle when it screams. These methods generally
produce only marginal results and rarely stop the screaming behavior.
If a parrot’s screaming behavior is learned, or, if the bird vocalizes for a desired response such as getting attention
or other positive reinforcers, it is possible that simply ignoring it may eliminate the screaming behavior. A
behavior that goes unreinforced will eventually extinguish itself. However, screaming in the form of contact calls
in the morning and evening is more hard-wired and is therefore more difficult to modify.
One skilled parrot trainer taught her Blue-fronted Amazon (Amazona aestiva) to modify its morning and evening
contact calls by ignoring the bird’s natural loud call and only responding to a soft whistle that the bird had
previously learned from her. The owner went to the extent of freezing when the bird screamed so it could not
even hear her moving in another room. When the bird finally made the soft whistle, the owner would whistle in
response and the bird’s contact whistle was reinforced. Over time, the bird finally replaced its natural loud contact
call with the much more acceptable soft whistle.

“Biting is just part of having a parrot as a pet.” Does that sound familiar? It should. It is the most common attitude
associated with companion parrot ownership. However, this author feels the opposite is true. A parrot owner
should strive to never get bit. That is a pretty bold statement for such a common problem. The fact is that biting is
not a natural behavior for parrots. They don’t bite each other in the wild, at least not hard enough to make another
parrot bleed

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  3. I have one for you .. What if they are in the cage and you want them to step up onto your hand and they just want to go at you and bite hand ?

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  5. I have a indian ringneck parrot we are not sure if he or she is a female or male we think he is a male.But he is on his stand and if i try to pick him up she will attack or bite my fingers.He will also nibble on my finger nails i have try'd the twist technique although my reaction is to pull my hand away fast.And he only bites my mother and me,he likes my dad and my brother what do i do?

  6. I have Indian Ringneck Parrot and it started biting not the gentle way (he is found of my ears for some reason). i tried to pull my fingers away to let him lose balance (positive conditioning) but still he bites. i noticed he climbs on my arm normally but when i try to make him come up on my fingers he attacks them

  7. How can I get my conure to behave? I felt so bad for it because i had to keep it locked up it would viciously bite me and my younger siblings so i had to keep it locked up ended up giving it to my grandmother we would like to take it back but I am afraid that it will try to attack one of us is there a way i can make it like us again?