A question about NOISE

Originally posted Via Birdboard.com

I was given a sun conure for my birthday last year because the person who gave him to me knew I *really* wanted a bird. I no longer have this bird (I say this with shame, as I hate to give up an animal), because I could absolutely not tolerate the noise. When I had him he would screech constantly if he was not with me, and screech intermitantly when he was. When he screetched on my shoulder, my hearing would be completely gone for a good four seconds following each screech.
I honestly can’t understand how anybody can handle keeping sun conures as pets. Sure, he was a wonderful bird (although very one-person), but nothing could have made up for that sound.

Getting off track, sorry…

My question is, are all conures like this?
I know that the sun conure is the loudest of the conures, but when other types are described as “quiet”, is that really meant to be read as “quiet… for a conure”?
I am aware all birds make noise, but there’s a difference between the type of noise that makes you try to sound proof the room the bird is in, and tip toe around the house so that the bird doesn’t hear you (and start screeching), compared to a bird that lets out a brief call or two every couple of hours and twitters or mumbles, you know?
Do they ALL have that high pitched screech, or are there types of conures that are lower-pitched or don’t have the screech sound at all? Do they all have about the same pitch and volume, and the only difference is the amount of time they exercise their lungs?

Originally posted Via Birdboard.com

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Goldie's owner November 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Sun Conures are loud and always will be loud, but if they scream all of the time then something is wrong. Noise can be managed with proper training and positive reinforcement. It takes time and if you receive a sun conure that has been rehomed the parrot may have formed bad habits that will require patience to undo.

It’s important for people to conduct research before getting a pet of any kind and be honest with yourself about what you can provide. All pet require dedication to the specific needs of the pet.

It is sad as Goldie’s owner is seeing an increase in rehoming of sun conures and noise is the main factor in the rehoming.

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Sweetheart's owner, Anna March 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Hi there Goldie’s owner, First off I want to say I really enjoyed your articles on conure as I also own a conure. Mine is a blue crowned conure and I adore him. But his screaming and screeching has got to go or else I am afraid I will have to take him back to the store where I bought him. I don’t want to do this but my family and I are not able to handle all of his high pitches, it either hurts our small children’s ears or gives me a migraine. I have tried Avicalm and Rescue Remedy and positive reinforcement, sadly nothing has worked….

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Goldie's owner March 12, 2011 at 12:23 pm

You don’t say how old your conure is. Noise can be a problem with all parrots. With Goldie her nosiest years were 0-3 years of age. Now she still makes noise but it is not as bad. Make sure you do all of the following before giving up the parrot. Take it to the vet. Go over the diet. Change location of the cage. Is the parrot fearful of something in the house. Is it getting enough sleep. Toys? Exercise? Light? Parrots need sun or full spectrum lighting. Training. Does your bird step up? Music? Mine loves it. Try these things first. I hate to see people have to give up their parrots. Blue Crown Conures are supposed to be a little quieter than Sun Conures even. Right now I am doing a bit of research on sound proofing. This may be an option if you have a bird room for example. Let me know how it goes and feel free to email me with any questions?

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