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Old 05-02-2012, 07:41 PM
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Why does your bird scream or talk quietly, jibber jabber, etc.

Mine does for specific reasons. He speaks quietly when he's content and feeling good, (or sometimes, romantic), he has what I call his 'alarm call'. That is when something is in his territory that he feels should not be there. He has a 'flock call', if he is looking for me, he will do this call. Mostly, these are what I hear during the day. I never hear sounds coming from my bird for no reason. At evening time, when the sun is going down, he will go OFF!! I believe that is to let his flock know where he is, (as though we need help, geez). I also think, in Amigo's case, he's letting all who are in his territory, know that he is there and there will be no trespassing!!
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:00 PM
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Re: Why does your bird scream or talk quietly, jibber jabber, etc.

Ralph is a fairly quiet Quaker. He doesn't have a Big Squawk in the morning or evening like many parrots do. He does flock-call, but not too loudly; most of the time, he substitutes a clicking sound for a squawk when calling for me. The occasional alarm call can get pretty loud-- they are mostly heard when Ralph sees a wild bird or squirrel on the balcony. Even though he doesn't go out there, that's still Ralph's balcony and he tolerates no uninvited visitors. Ralph doesn't talk a lot; when he does, it's not very loud. He mumbles and mutters quite often, softly enough so I can't quite tell if he's trying to say actual words or not.
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Re: Why does your bird scream or talk quietly, jibber jabber, etc.

I think that the mumbles and mutters mean quite a lot, in bird speak, (my opinion) . Living with a free flight bird, I have come to sense that their vocalizations have different meanings for different situations. There is NO mistaking the "alarm" call. I am sorry that I'm not familiar with any bird besides a U2. I'm curious to see how much alike our parrots really are in relation to their calls.

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Old 05-02-2012, 09:36 PM
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Re: Why does your bird scream or talk quietly, jibber jabber, etc.

A lot of times, that "jibber, jabber" (at night, particularly), is when they practice words to say. If you listen closely, often you'll hear sounds that seem to be parts of words that they are forming & practicing in their brains. They seem to go over & over what they are trying to say. And after they learn the words, they'll say them to themselves as if to memorize them. I love that!
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Re: Why does your bird scream or talk quietly, jibber jabber, etc.

I've never heard Amigo do the jibber, jabber. I remember Molcan2 talking about it with her Moluccan, Rome, and couldn't relate. I was in the pet shop that I buy supplies at, last week, and they had an M2 in there doing THE jibber, jabber!!! I could hear his voice the second I walked into the store. Their voice is amazing! Really different from anything I've ever heard come out of Amigo's beak!
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Re: Why does your bird scream or talk quietly, jibber jabber, etc.

My birds feel it's their duty to alert my dog, so he can start barking... The birds hear things ahead of the dog... but, it works...
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Re: Why does your bird scream or talk quietly, jibber jabber, etc.

Codie jibber jabbers for about an hour each day! Its usually early evening time and always when she is in her Cage She also squawks very, very loudly whenever she cant see me!! I am working on that one by trying to ignore her when she does it!
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Re: Why does your bird scream or talk quietly, jibber jabber, etc.

nut is a quiet bird, she only calls out when she is caged and there is some1 else in the house, in another room, even these are a polite excuse me?? ahem.... type call.

she can also do a quiet high pitch siren scream! when she feels her calls are not being answered, this is rare and only happens when she knows we have guests in another room, and she cannot see/greet them

when she is caged, and she knows some1 is leaving, she will say bye bye as we walk out the door, she never says it if person leaving is in the room

when content or to greet ppl she likes she mumbles *i love you, i think she thinks saying *i love you, also means she can then go on, to chewing your clothes, zips, buttons etc

but what i have noticed is, that when we gather as a family, especially after being out, she will mumble or jibber jabber sounds as if to join in our conversations

amigo sounds like he has the life of reily, the kinda life we wish we could provide for our birds
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:58 AM
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Re: Why does your bird scream or talk quietly, jibber jabber, etc.

I'd agree, Amigo has one lovely lifestyle. Very jealous

Merlin is vocal, but not annoyingly vocal. He does pleasent whistles and chatters away to himself. When he's tired his whistles become low, quiet and drawn out. He does flock call when someone leaves the room, but this usually stops after about 5 mins or so when he realises that we're not coming back for him whilst he screams. He then turns to pleasant whistles and we'll come back to him.

He makes a laughing kind of sound whenever we laugh, or he'll do it after we/he has dropped something, it's always very good timing. He also does a clicking noise, which he's learnt from us and he does that often too, just wandering about on the floor and he'll tut tut tut.

I can certainly tell what mood he is in from his whistles. + he knows which whistles get him out of trouble! If he's destroying something he'll do his cute, quiet 'wooo' whistles which makes me and my other half melt. Hm, I love Merlin. <3

Just took a short video, he's quite sleepy but he's interested in the camera, so he's tutting and woowooing


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Re: Why does your bird scream or talk quietly, jibber jabber, etc.

Puffin always starts his day with a practice of his vocabulary and it always starts the same way......as soon as he hears me turn the kettle on it's " dad, I want a cup of tea" then he just goes on and on saying all he knows. As soon as I take his cover off I get a " Good morning" and he jabbers away until I give him breakfast. As soon as I put my foot on the stairs he starts calling " HAYLEY" ( my daughters name) and he continues to call her VERY LOUDLY until she gets out of bed and yells back " I am up!". Through the day he just talks on and off, he has 50 different ways he says " hello" and at night he sits with us watching tv and chats away and this is usually when we notice something new he has learnt.Tonight he new one is " what" and I think so far he has said it 60 times!
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