People sometimes assume that birds like cockatiels, as fragile creatures, are quiet. However, nothing could be further from the truth. You only need to listen to little wild birds outside your window to realize that even the smallest of birds can create an enormous sound. Their vocal abilities are fantastic. Unlike the beautiful singing of wild birds, cockatiels vocalizations can be excruciating to hear. If your cockatiel screams often, you might wonder why this is so and want to do something about it.
The natural singing, tweeting and chirping of a cockatiel is lovely to hear. Just like humans, however, if cockatiels are angry or frightened their voices change dramatically. In the wild, birds tend to live in flocks and communicate with each other vocally. As they can fly, it is not uncommon for flock members to stray every now and then. In order to make contact with their flock, they vocalize. Your cockatiel sees you as part of his flock and will call to you to find out where you are if he cannot see you. Call back to him to let him know that you are safe and he will be satisfied.
In addition, when dawn and dusk occur your cockatiel will naturally make a commotion as this is his instinct. Wild cockatiels group together with the aim of finding breakfast when the day begins and regroup as the light of the day fades into night. Most likely, your pet cockatiel will instinctively want to follow this pattern and will be highly vocal at these times.
As a significant flock member, you will be treated to early warning blasts from your cockatiels vocal range if he perceives that danger abounds. Fear might be triggered in your cockatiel by a car alarm that goes off in the street, a noisy child, a television set that suddenly blares out, or most commonly by wild birds viewed from a window.
Screeching sounds cockatiels make are caused by fear. Once you recognize what the problem is, you can do your best to alleviate the situation. Perhaps you can move your cockatiel away from a window where he sees birds that scare him, or you can keep your toddler away from your cockatiel’s cage if she seems to rattle his nerves.
Bored cockatiels sometimes shout and scream out of frustration. In the wild, they would have the freedom to roam and explore their environment. In addition, they would socialize with members of their flock. Pet cockatiels often live in a less than stimulating environment where they do not have much company, exercise, or things to occupy their mind.
If you think that the screeching sounds your cockatiel makes are caused by boredom, make his environment stimulating. Give him a play centre on which to exercise, and see if he wishes to explore outside of his cage several times a day.
Refrain from reinforcing behavior you do not want your cockatiel to carry out such as screaming. If you can see that he is well and is being noisy for no good reason, ignore him. Never chastise him by shouting back in anger as this will be regarded as attention and will reinforce his behavior.
Cockatiels are sensitive creatures and can grieve when separated from their mate or friends. Like many pets, they also do not like change. Moving house or simply moving their cage might upset them.
Try not to implement unnecessary changes that might distress your cockatiel. If he has lost a mate, spend additional time with him and pay him more attention than usual.
All creatures are programmed to scream if they feel sudden pain. Make sure that your cockatiel is not ill if he constantly vocalizes in a powerful manner. If there is any doubt regarding his health, take him to an avian vet to be checked over.
Certain cockatiel vocalizations are to be expected and occur naturally. However, those that are caused by boredom and frustration require a patient response. It takes time to cure a cockatiel’s screaming when such behavior has become a habit.