Screaming umbrella cockatoo
Posted 18 March 2011 - 05:45 PM
I have an umbrella cockatoo who is 5 years old in the same room with my 4 year old blue gold macaw. For the last 3 weeks since the weather has started to get nicer I have opened the windows in my bedroom, where they are, to let the air in but for some reason the umbrella has started screaming most of the day and when she screams she gets the macaw going. There is nothing wrong with either of them but I cannot figure out why she is screaming. She has plenty of toys in her pen to keep her busy. She is also "afraid of her shadow" for some reason. My wife and I try to spend as much time as we can with them but we work during the day, at home, but they expect us to be with them 100% of the time and then if we do not take our cockatoo out of her pen first before we take out the macaw the cockatoo will start screaming. If I try to take the cockatoo into another room she gets afraid and will fly back to her cage. We have had her since she was a baby so she knows us and knows we would never do anything to harm her. I just do not know what is going on right now unless it is just spring!!!
Also, another thing that has been going on with her for as long as we have had her is that when we have her out of her pen and are scratching her and she starts to snuggle up with either my wife or I she will start making this noise which sounds like a honking noise but as soon as we put her to the side and she is not snuggling up with us she stops. I am not sure what that is or if she is hurting herself. I asked the vet but he did not know.
Please let me know if you have any info so I can try to get her to stop screaming.
Posted 18 March 2011 - 06:26 PM
The honking could be do to the cuddling. She might be taking your cuddling the wrong way.
Posted 19 March 2011 - 09:09 PM
Maybe she is hearing other birds outside and that is triggering the screaming?
My Cockatoo is the biggest baby ever. Little things spook her very easily. I'm not sure if that's just how she was raised..Sometimes when things scare her, it comes out in the form of screaming.
She also screams when I'm outside or talking to bf. It's her way of saying, "where are you?" or "pay attention to me!" (but I don't, as I don't reward screaming in any way.)
Maybe she needs more time out of her 'pen'? I know my cockatoo spends most of her time out of her cage and she plays independently and for the most part is a great bird. Maybe you could try getting a playstand so she could be near you while you're working?
Spring also, I think plays a role. I'm not positive but birds are usually more vocal and gregarious when spring first hits.
Make sure you're praising her when she's playing or being quiet and ignoring the screaming, tough as that can be sometimes! Cockatoos love drama.
"She was not quite what you would call refined
She was not quite what you would call unrefined
She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot...or nine."
Posted 19 March 2011 - 11:23 PM
I agree the honking may be hormonally activated. It is spring, and the birds are all excited.
Becky.....Where Fur and Feather Meet.
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