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July 9, 2019

Cockatiel scream

My cockatiel was making a raspy scream almost bc she didn’t want to be put back up lol she like being out and played with. She did it this morning. It’s almost demonic sounding. Any idea what this means


Hi Whitney,

It sounds like it means exactly what you said – she didn’t want play time to end. Cockatiels can have tantrums like this when they don’t get their way. However if you give in, you are reinforcing the behavior. It is best to ignore the screaming and continue what you were doing. She will learn it will not get her the results she is looking for which is for you to scream back or let her stay out.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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