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Do your birds scream at certain times of the day? Do they like to yell at the crack of dawn, or perhaps as the sun is going down? Do they scream when you are out of their sight? Does it often seem as if they are screaming just to listen to themselves? If so, then join the ranks of folks who share their lives with often obnoxiously noisy birds. Let's discuss what this screaming means, and if there is any cause for alarm.

Birds are flock creatures, and you are part of their flock. When they can't see you, they may become alarmed. Hence the screaming--they need to make sure that their flock is safe and accounted for. You can reassure them by calling back to them. Sometimes the problem of screaming when you are out of sight can be alleviated by taking the bird along into the next room with you while you are folding laundry, or watching TV. You might even find that the screaming stops if you simply relocate the cage so that the bird can see you as you go about your daily tasks.

Parrots may also scream if there is more than one bird in the home and they can't see each other. You may wish to arrange their cages so that they are always within sight of each other.

Your bird may also utter "alarm" screams. If your bird's cage is placed where it can see out of the window, you may find that the bird shrieks whenever a strange dog or cat comes into the yard, or even when the meter man comes to read the electric meter. In that case, it may be simpler to close the blinds or curtains until the perceived danger has passed.

Dawn/dusk screaming is not unusual. You may notice that outside birds become noisy at dawn. This behavior is a means of communication with the flock, a way to make certain that each member is accounted for. Your bird might scream at these times as well. You can minimize this behavior by making sure your parrot's cage is well covered and that their sleeping room stays dark for a while in the mornings. Maybe your bird will let you sleep a little later if you allow him to sleep later, too!

Sometimes parrots yell simply to hear themselves. This is fun for them. If you've ever responded to your bird's screams by shouting back at them, then you've probably noticed that instead of quieting down, they become more excited. This is because they think you're joining in the game! Try ignoring the bird, covering its cage, or removing it to a room by itself. If there is no return stimulation, the bird will often quieten down.

There are many reasons why birds scream. The first thing to do if your parrot suddenly starts screaming is to make sure that it is not in any danger and that it hasn't hurt itself. Then you can move onto these other explanations. Hopefully you will be able to arrive at a solution that will be acceptable to both you and your bird.