Here’s the reality. When you buy yourself an African Grey Parrot, you should be fully aware of what you’d signed yourself up for. Birds can be noisy creatures, much more if these birds happen to be parrots. They don’t merely imitate human speech; they also scream and shriek and chatter in bird talk, and yes, it can be maddening.
Before you ship your African Grey straight back to the pet store, it’s important that you understand how African Grey Parrots operate in the wild. Parrots are noisy, by nature. Their ability to mimic our speech and other sounds is of the many reasons we humans are drawn to them. They are extremely vocal, and use their chattering to communicate with several others of their kind. In captivity, this can translate into screaming at the TV or chattering incessantly at humans.
On one hand, you might even take it as a compliment; African Grey Parrots are happy when they’re being vocal. This isn’t to say that you ought to rain on a parrot’s parade when you want him to quiet down. However, you might want to learn to distinguish between a parrot’s normal vocalizations and cries for relief, as there are times when a parrot will be noisy when it feels pain or discomfort.
A bird is only vocal when it is comfortable with its environment. You may have noticed that when you first got an African Grey, it didn’t talk very much. Later, when it got the hang of chilling in its own little corner of the room did it begin to talk more.
Generally, parrots are noisiest at two majorly inconvenient times of day: early in the morning and late afternoon. They also tend to be chatty just after waking up from a nice nap.
The first thing you have to do is identify the cause of the noise. Is there something stuck in its wings? Did you forget to put a fresh batch of birdseed in its bowl? Is the parrot simply trying to get your attention?
Once you’ve figured out why your African Grey is stirring up a clamor, the next thing you have to do is give it something to preoccupy itself with. Birds inflicted with the good old boredom bug tend to compensate for the dullness by shrieking more. Put some toys in the cage for the parrot to play with, or you can even take it out of the cage and talk to it for a bit. Also check if the parrot is hungry. Refill the containers with water and bird food.
If you can’t figure out what’s wrong with the parrot, it’s always a good idea to seek out a professional opinion. There’s always the possibility that the bird is noisy because it’s sick, especially if the condition is manifesting in some other way, such as anorexia or feather plucking. The same is also true of the opposite; if the African Grey suddenly lapses into long periods of silence, you might want to have him checked out, too.