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Hello all,

We just brought home our first 'big' bird - a beautiful four-month old male ekkie - from the aviary. He's adapted pretty well in terms of eating, sleeping, etc and my wife and I both spend lots of time near him during the day so he's not lonely. But since he's arrived he's done something I've never seen in a parrot - every time he hears a human voice he sounds off with a few screeches. They're not terribly loud but they're making conversation impossible for us, and frankly stressing us out a bit They die down when we go quiet. Does anyone know what we should do? We don't want to reinforce the behavior so we don't respond dramatically or anything, but we're worried we might be doing something wrong...

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Re: Young ekkie 'responds' to all human voices

Congratulations on the baby boy! Pics please?

How long has he been with you exactly? You say “just” brought home. But that can mean a lot of things to a lot of people and likely has direct implications here.
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Hey, thanks for the reply! By 'just' I mean today is day 3

Photo of Abe attached

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abe looks like a big poofy green bean!

He's adorable
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Thanks! Yes he's adorable, but acting less than adorable
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Re: Young ekkie 'responds' to all human voices

OH that bird is just cute as all.....

Nice get!

What does he do when you talk directly to him? Maybe he thinks your ignoring him and want's to chat too? That would be my first thought. Also birds that are "generally good" are generally bonding or bonded. It could be attention seeking behavior, in fact it's "almost" definitely...attention seeking behavior; I'd try to include him more. He might learn the proper volume and he'll start mimicking you more.
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Re: Young ekkie 'responds' to all human voices

Thanks on all counts!

So when i speak to him directly he responds with squawking, but sometimes when we're quiet he starts chattering and mumbling to himself in a very cute way.

Im trying to get him involved in things. He still nips at me sometimes when he steps up but once he's settled he's fun. Plenty of time outside the cage also, though he doesn't like being petted from what i can tell.


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Re: Young ekkie 'responds' to all human voices

three days..... let him relax, sooner than you know he will be crawling to your hand or coming up with some other way to show you he wants to be petted, HE WILL be more snugly than a puppy, he just has to fully bond first. The progress you made in three days is ahead of the curve. Feel free to slow down a bit. And let him get used to not just to the new "flock" but the house, the cage, the toys, the food etc.
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Re: Young ekkie 'responds' to all human voices

Awwww he’s Adorable as heck!!

“Stressing us out quite a bit”. I mean this tongue in cheek, but let’s not be dramatic. Your baby is still very much adjusting. And making noise when others are making noise is part and parcel of parrot ownership, it’s what you signed up for. They are noisy, it’s what they do. For everything else, there’s geico.

Adjusting can take some time, depending on the individual bird. Some take days, others take months. Just give him time to settle in. Some of the odd noises will ultimately disappear. Remember, he’s just a baby still.
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Re: Young ekkie 'responds' to all human voices

sounds like all is going well especially 3 days in!

The Eclectus Polygamous nature is among the things that really attracts me to the species as it does make them less prone to being a 1 person bird. Although I think any bird I get right now will become 1 person as there's only 1 person in the place!
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