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Birds USA Exclusive: Bird Behavior Screaming Quiz Answers

Do you know how to deal with a screaming bird?

Question 1:The correct answer is True
Blanchard suggests you spend at least 10 to 30 minutes, or more, a day interacting with your pet bird to help reduce screaming for attention. Teach your bird a new behavior, like new words or fun tricks, and make sure to praise it when it performs these positive behaviors. 

If you got the right answer, give yourself 1 point. If your answer is wrong, you receive zero points.

Question 2:The correct answer is False
When a bird is screaming for attention, you should not pay attention to it. However, Blanchard suggests you consider if your bird may be screaming because you forgot a feeding time or to return your bird’s water dish after a change. 

If you got the right answer, give yourself 1 point. If your answer is wrong, you receive zero points.

Question 3:The correct answer is True
In the article, Blanchard mentions that when her caique, Spike, screams repetitively, she’ll whistle “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” and he will stop screaming and start to whistle, too. 

If you got the right answer, give yourself 1 point. If your answer is wrong, you receive zero points.

Question 4:The correct answer is True
Some parrots dislike the phone, whether it’s the sound of the ring or the fact that it is no longer the center of your attention while you are having a conversation. Blanchard suggests you take your call in another room to help avoid your bird from screaming because of the phone. 

If you got the right answer, give yourself 1 point. If your answer is wrong, you receive zero points.

Question 5:The correct answer is False
Yelling at a bird when it is screaming reinforces the behavior. Your bird views your yelling back as attention from you, and it will continue to scream to get more attention. Instead, Blanchard suggests including your bird in the conversation to avoid screaming. 

If you got the right answer, give yourself 1 point. If your answer is wrong, you receive zero points.

SCORING
1 points: Hmmm … check out the Is My Bird Normal article in your issue of Birds USA again.
2 points: Two out of five isn't bad. You read the article.
3 points: Respectable. You paid attention to what you read in the article.
4 points: Impressive! You must have some real experience with birds.
5 points: Wow! You must be on your way to becoming an avian behaviorist.

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