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10 Reasons A Bird Vocalizes

Find out all the reasons why your pet bird makes noise.

Rebecca Sweat

blue-and-gold macaw

1) Bird wants attention, lonely

2) Hunger/thirst

3) Your bird's contact call (locating other flock members)

4) Mimicking other birds in the flock

5) Bird is practicing talking, whistling or singing

6) Bird is frightened or startled

7) Bird is calling for its mate or a mate

8) Bird is alerting the flock to wake up and forage for food

9) Bird is alerting the flock that it’s time for bed

10) Bird is alerting the flock to danger

Note: You are now the bird’s flock member.


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Posted: December 3, 2007, 9:30 a.m. PDT

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My African Grey would always make a noise then say water when he wanted a fresh drink. I knew he meant it because he was sitting on the rim of the water cup.
Pat, Hannibal, MO
Posted: 9/24/2013 7:22:19 AM
I like the note XD
Qing, Rochester, NY
Posted: 9/22/2013 5:39:55 PM
my 14 yr old blue and gold macaw is a watchbird. if someone is around the home that isnt supposed to be there, he will crow with the macaw blast and let you know before they even knock.
Lovlette, Strasburg, OH
Posted: 9/21/2013 4:41:59 AM
number 11: because they want to!
Gabby, San Diego, CA
Posted: 9/16/2013 10:18:27 PM
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