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Patagonian Conures:

What to do when the screeching just won’t stop.

Your bird is screeching, the neighbors are complaining, and you just can’t stand the noise any longer.  Here are three things that you can do:

 1. Get used to it…sort of.  Patagonian Conures are one of the most vocal of the conure breed, and of any bird in general. 

Patagonian Conure Training InformationIn their natural environment, they live in large flocks where their singing and well…yes screeching is an acceptable and normal means of communication.  This natural behavior doesn’t leave just because they’re in your home now.  Their instincts remain and so to does their tendency to make lots of noise. 

 However, if you find that your bird is screeching because he is afraid or angry, or because he has become particularly aggressive, then you absolutely must do something about the behavior before it escalates into more bad behaviors like feather plucking, thrashing about his cage, charging, and even biting .  We have several options we teach on our training program that show you what to do in this situation!

 2.  Investigate your Patagonian Conure's environment. 

Because Patagonian Conures are social and intelligent birds, they need constant stimulation.  This stimulation should come from you in the form of interaction and affection and also from toys that you place in their cage. 

 Toys are extremely important for all birds but they are especially important for the Patagonian Conure.  Your Conure needs to have the ability to learn, interact, and perform as he would in a natural environment.  This means choosing toys that provide different textures like leather, wood, and even plastic.  You will want the toys to also come in various shapes and sizes and offer different sounds and colors.  There are even problem solving toys that are especially good for the bright Patagonian Conure. 

 The truth is that your bird won’t play with all the toys that you buy for him.  This means that you’ll have to pay attention to what he does and doesn’t play with.   Give him a week or two with new toys.  If the toy doesn’t show any sign of wear or it hasn’t been moved since you placed it in his cage, he isn’t likely to play with it.  Get rid of it, or place it in an area where he must interact with it, like in his tree. 

 In addition to the need for toys, the location of your bird’s cage may be causing problems. For example, Conures are social birds and prefer to be around the family generally but if he isn’t allowed to sleep his full 10-12 undisturbed hours, then he’s going to be uncomfortable and unhappy. 

 One solution is to move the cage during sleep hours to a less noisy environment.  Another option is to make a ‘bird room’ in your home.  I’ve known bird owners who have cut windows from one room into the main room so that the bird could see the family during the day.  When night time comes, the shades can be drawn and the bird gets to sleep soundly.  This isn’t an option for everyone but it works well for many.  Additionally, for the owner of a screecher, when your bird begins to screech, you can turn off the lights in the bird room and shut the blinds. This tends to quiet the bird and train them that screeching isn’t acceptable.

 3.  The last and final solution to a screeching Patagonian Conure is to trick train your bird. 

Many people don’t like the idea of trick training because they’re not looking for a bird that performs, they simply want a bird that cohabitates well in the home.  I can tell you from years and years of experience and conversations with bird experts around the world, trick training is the key to eliminating negative bird behaviors.  Not just screeching but biting too. 

 Trick training teaches your bird to trust you.  It teaches him the rules of the household – mainly that you are the boss.  If you don’t establish these rules, then your bird will quickly run your home and your life.  The experts at birdtricks.com offer step-by-step bird trick training videos that focus on eliminating core behavior problems like biting and screeching for all bird types including your Patagonian conure.  They’ll show you quickly and easily how to stop your Patagonian conure from screeching and biting for good.