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Is it true that Cockatoos are quieter than Macaws? Is it true that Cockatiels sing off-key? Can I tell you more about their intelligence and territorial instincts? In this article, I’ll answer those questions and more. If you’re thinking of getting a Macaw, read on to learn more about this bird. It’s the perfect pet for anyone looking for an intelligent, territorial bird.
Cockatoos are quieter than macaws
While many people believe cockatoos are the world’s loudest birds, this is not always the case. While they have very loud calls, they don’t make as much noise as macaws. This difference in vocal range is caused by the size of their vocal cords, and the vocal range of each species is different. In addition to their vocal ranges, cockatoos also have lower chirping rates.
While cockatoos are relatively quiet compared to macaws, they can still make very loud contact calls. The Moluccan cockatoo is the loudest bird in the world, with a call that reaches a volume of 135 decibels! By comparison, a jumbo jet produces 140 decibels, making this cockatoo’s call even louder! Cockatoos also use their high vocal range to attract attention, so excessive noise can be a sign of stress.
Cockatiels sing off-key
In a recent study, researchers have discovered that cockatiels can imitate human music. While few animal species have been studied to determine their ability to imitate human music, this is a new development. Cockatiels are known to mimic the pitch, rhythm, and tone of humans’ songs. However, it is unclear what motivates these birds to imitate human music in the first place.
In the study, cockatiels sang off-key and mimicked human speech whenever their caregivers left their aviary. This behavior may have been a way of attracting human attention and gaining food reinforcement. Although this is a new finding, this observation supports the theory that birds sing in unison to form strong bonds with humans. In fact, the study also found that food reinforcement did not seem to be necessary.
Cockatiels are intelligent
Though they’re remarkably similar to macaws, Cockatiels are very different from them. These birds can learn to communicate with humans. The young Cockatiel can already recognize certain sounds, such as hello, goodbye, and goodnight. Fortunately, Cockatiels can be taught to associate those words with certain actions. They also exhibit the ability to solve problems in their environment.
One of the most common ways to train a cockatiel to communicate is to show them how to retrieve things. They may even hide from you on their own, but they rarely resist giving up their hiding places. You can also train them to put a bird-sized basketball through a hoop. This can be very fun for both you and your pet! Once they’re used to the concept, you can train them to learn many new things.
Cockatiels are territorial
Despite their different personalities, cockatiels can live in groups of up to four birds. These birds can also live in groups with other non-aggressive birds. Macaws are loud and territorial, so housing them with finches is not recommended. You can house a cockatiel with a small, calm bird like a Bourke Parakeet. However, it is not advisable to introduce cockatiels to larger birds like parrots or lovebirds. While cockatiels do not fight and are not likely to defend themselves, they can still become territorial.
A typical cockatiel may hiss as part of their defense tactics. They may hiss as a form of defense, warning off strangers, or seeking a mate. While this behavior isn’t necessarily aggressive, it’s always best to leave the cockatiel alone until it settles down. You might also want to consider having a separate cage for the cockatiel.
African grays are intelligent
Among the most intelligent and loud macaws, the African grey is a fascinating bird to own and watch. This highly complex and intelligent bird is remarkably social. In fact, they can sometimes become “one-person birds” and adore human interaction. As a pet, African greys are quick to pick up sounds and words, and have been known to accidentally “blow the whistle” on a woman’s love life.
Like macaws, African Greys also speak. Their mimicry ability is higher than that of macaws, and owners use phrases in their birds’ natural settings. For instance, one owner wrote that his African grey would say “Good Morning” and “Good Night” during his cage-covering time. This was interesting to him, since he had an African Grey when his macaw made flock calls during the night and morning hours.