Do you need some help with tutoring your ring-necked parakeet or rose-ringed parakeet?
Is he very aggressive even though he is not caged all day? Does he eat regular treats, get lots of attention, but still continues to express some dissatisfaction and often bites very hard? Maybe we have some solution related to his behavior!
When solving this problem, you should keep in mind that in most cases, natural instincts prevail. If you look at the problem this way, you will develop better communication with your bird and have much less painful bites.
Are Ring-Necked Parakeet or Rose-ringed Parakeet Aggressive and Loud?
If they are not constantly handled, they will revert back to their wild behavior. When left on their own, they tend to get bored very easily. This is when they become aggressive, and start biting and chewing anything that comes in their way.
They also go through a bluffing stage during adolescence that is difficult for some owners to manage. This comes with slight aggression but the phase lasts only a few weeks or months.
These might not be the best birds for children, as ringnecks tend to be sensitive to the commotion, including night frights (thrashing around the cage during the night as if startled).
However, well-socialized Ringnecks generally have pleasant personalities.
Ring-necked parakeets are known as rather stubborn birds that are not very easy to tame, so it is always better to get a hand raised ringneck (though this is not a guarantee that it will not ‘go wild’ if does not work with them). Otherwise, they are very friendly and active birds.
They are family-friendly, which means that they are not so much focused on just one person in the family but they can develop a bond with only one human and refuse to interact with other people, even attacking them in some cases.
Continuing to socialize the hand-reared pet bird from a young age and letting many people handle and interact with it can prevent single-person bonding and allow it to become an excellent family pet.
In the case that they are not manually fed, the socialization and habituation period can take a long time, for example, about 2 months of intensive work and dealing with the pet, so the work and persistence of the owner is important. It was determined that they learn best and accept communication in the evening, and each effort should be limited to 20 minutes with an hour of rest between dealing with it.
However, it should be noted here that advertising and even roaring are quite normal behaviors that birds do in nature, especially in the early morning and evening, as they thus communicate with each other and mark their territory.
However, this behavior can be altered to some extent by the eventual change in light intensity and cycle, larger cage, more frequent cage release, diet change, introduction of toys, and sometimes even ignoring as the parrots can otherwise learn that they can only win your attention by yelling.
Ways to Discourage Screeching in Rose Ringed Parakeets
Rose Ringed Parakeets have the potential to scream very loud especially if they are teased by young children or people who do not understand how to communicate with them. The Rose Ringed Parakeet’s screams are high-pitched, and many people will not tolerate the loud sound.
However, if a Rose Ringed Parakeet is given the right amount of love and care especially with an experienced parrot owner who can tolerate their unique pitches than they can also be tamed and learn to speak at the appropriate times.
There are many ways to discourage screeching in Rose Ringed Parakeets, and parrot owners can even teach them when to talk which will reduce inappropriate screeching in the Rose Ringed Parakeet.
So, How can you Reduce the Annoying Screeching and get them to Start Talking to you?
Rose Ringed Parakeets typically learn to talk around 5 months old and their ring develops around 3 years old. These parrots have the potential to learn up to 250 words. However, in some cases, a parrot may never learn to imitate human speech.
When owning your Rose Ringed Parakeet during the first five months of their life, one will increase the chances of having it listen and learn to talk at appropriate times. One key factor in having a well-behaved parrot is by earning its trust.
In the beginning, a Rose Ringed Parakeet’s trust can be built by giving him or her plenty of affection, and rewarding him or her with treats when they say a word. As the parrot gets older, rewards can also include showers, head scratches, and fun games.
Positive re-enforcement will continue to play a huge role in teaching the Rose Ringed Parakeet when to talk and when to be quiet. In order to help the parrot keep their ring down, speak to them in a quiet tone, and put them in an area where they will not be distracted.
When your Rose Ringed Parakeet does quiet down, continue to respond with positive re-enforcement by rewarding their silent behavior. By building this relationship, the Rose Ringed Parakeet will listen, and respect their owner’s commands as well as enjoy communicating and interacting with them.
Daily Training and Socializing
In any case, daily training and socializing with your pet is crucial in the domestication process. For starters, try moving the bird to a neutral location at the time, as cooperation may be easier when it is not in its territory. Another important point is to control yourself if biting happens and do not let out a scream. Try not to pull away from bites. If it hurts you, try to release it gently and calmly, as expressing pain and anger can do the opposite – to encourage such behavior.
This can be hard to do, especially since those beaks can be so painful, but if you can keep your cool and actually push into a bite rather than jerk away from it, the parrot will soon learn that biting gets him nowhere. Your parrot will learn that no matter how much it bites you, your hand will still not move away.
It is also very important that you never yell at the bird. Use a tone of voice that is low but not loud when you tell your bird that it has done wrong. Be as “matter of fact” as possible, but keep it short. You will be amazed at how effective it can be!
With yelling, you will only encourage his undesirable behavior, as birds do not see loud vocalizations as negative.
In almost all cases of unwanted biting, there are warning signals. The goal is to learn how to recognize these signals before the biting. Sometimes these signals are so imperceptible and sometimes so obvious. Also, biting does not always mean that the bird is angry or malicious. Your pet may be too aroused and cannot control emotions.
Think about what you did that preceded the bite. Try watching your bird to spot some basic behavioral patterns and use them to prevent unwanted biting.
Also, keep in mind that biting sometimes can simply mean expressing a feeling by contacting the beak with your body.
The most important thing is not to take the bite personally, stay calm in reaching out to discover what encourages such behavior to end it forever. Parrots are great empaths, so often this is a way of reacting to your nervousness or pain. Therefore, be calm and patient with your parrot.
If you suffer from allergies, you can check out our in-depth article on parrot allergies which will talk about the diagnosis and treatment.