Let's Celebrate Pet Birds!
T.J. Lafeber D.V.M.



Birds might well be described as gregarious social animals.

Birds communicate more messages and have larger vocabularies than any other animal except humans. By comparison, other animals are a quiet lot
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This song is dedicated to his owner.

Birds' spirited activities and colorful feathers set the stage, but nothing adds to the scene more than their vocalizations. In fact, birds might be considered the song and dance act of the animal world. It's difficult to think of a bird without including singing or calling. Birds like to express themselves and can do an excellent job of it.

At times birds can be heard babbling away seemingly expressing views on many subjects, as if explaining to everyone their ideas on life.

Why did nature allow birds to become so noisy? Should you talk to your parrot, or whistle to your canary? (Of course! They're talking to you.)

If shunned or avoided, birds suffer from loneliness.

Ordinarily, silence is golden for survival in the wild, and only broken at certain times. Nature allows birds to be an exception to the rule.

Perhaps talking, singing or chirping convey a bird's feelings just as much as laughing and crying does for a person. Expression seems to be important. They want to communicate. Sometimes these utterances broadcast messages to be heard. At other times they seem to vocalize for their own benefit. Regardless, the development of their respiratory system allows for a wide range of precise modulated and highly complex sounds which gives the power to express happiness, joy, satisfaction and sadness. Interestingly, they seem to acquire more power with use.

Vocal communication needs to be shared, and birds do this well. They hear and respond-sometimes in sound and sometimes with actions. Why not? An important part of their life is being social. They want companionship and communication is part of being a friend. When someone listens to them and answers or acknowledges them, they're delighted. It's lonely talking in an empty room or when no one is listening, but exciting when another living thing responds freely with positive feedback.

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Birds want to be heard.


In pet birds' song, talking or chattering, they seem to say:

Hello, I'm happy to see you.

Let me out of my cage.

Scratch my head.

I love you.

I'm hungry.

It's time for bed.

Please talk to me.

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