Birds, especially larger breed parrots are notorious for screaming. A few weeks ago, a customer who said rather than being smart, his macaw was stupid. The pet owner went on to say that his bird screamed so much, his cage had to constantly be covered.
This owner felt the screaming in spite of having the cage covered was evidence of him being unintelligent and that in fact, the screaming was getting much worse. The macaw even had his own room, boasted his owner, so this bird was isolated in a room and that whenever he screamed, the owner was yelling for him to stop from another room, followed by covering the cage.
In nature, a parrot separated from the flock will scream. In captivity, separation from the human flock causes screaming which in turn is reprimanded. Ornithologist and researcher believe that the owner’s yelling is actually seen as some type of communication and entertainment but obviously, is getting zero positive response.
I remind the owner of the ABC strategy, which works amazingly well in correcting bad behavior and I spoke of in the article titled, “Pet Bird Aggression and Unintentional Rewards”. This includes:
A – Antecedent or what happens prior to the unwanted behavior
B – Target behavior
C – Consequence