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Should I talk back to my sun conure when he screeches?

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When my sun conure wants attention, he screeches. I can calm him down by talking to him for a minute. Am I just reenforcing bad behavior or is it OK to give him the attention when he needs it.
asked Jan 7, 2014 in Bird Behavior by anonymous

1 Answer

+1 vote
Birds in the parrot family tend to be noisy. If you find his screeching annoying, don't reinforce by paying attention to him. He'll make a game of it and screech more. Be patient and ignore the screeching. When he's quiet, give him a treat he especialy likes. Do this consistently when he's quiet.  He'll soon understand that screeching is not rewarded but quiet is.
answered Jan 12, 2014 by (36,420 points)