Parakeets are renowned for being intelligent. You may wonder if they’re intelligent enough to recognize their owners. After careful research, here’s what I’ve discovered.
Do Parakeets Recognize Their Owners?
Yes, parakeets can come to recognize their owners. However, a few variables can determine how quickly they come to recognize their owners and establish what that relationship is like.
If you’re unsure whether or not your parakeet recognizes you, then there are a few signs of affection that parakeets use. Recognizing these signs can help strengthen your relationship and make you more aware of your bird’s needs. Read on to find out more about how a parakeet recognizes their owner and signs of affection they can show their owner.
Can Parakeets Form Attachments to Their Owners?
Attachments are built on stimulation and good feelings. Parakeets are intelligent enough to form correlations. If an active owner regularly gives them mental stimulation, then parakeets correlate the fun they’re having with their owner. They recognize that their owner is responsible for the fun they’re enjoying.
That can form an attachment. The parakeet becomes reliant on its owner to stay healthy. The owner, in return, enjoys having an emotional bond with the parakeet.
How Do Parakeets Recognize Their Owners?
To understand how parakeets recognize their owners, it’s important to understand how parakeets recognize one another. In the wild, parakeets travel in flocks. These are large bird populations that travel again. Because there’s a large number of them, it’s less likely that a predator will attack.
While traveling with the flock, the parakeet needs to be able to recognize its mate amid the mass of birds. It does this by recognizing its mate’s vocalization. Each bird has its own call. When it chooses a mate, the two calls are memorized by each bird. The parakeet can remember the call for several months.
Based on this information, it’s possible to understand how parakeets recognize their owners. They recognize their voice. Parakeets don’t rely on their sight. It isn’t as clear as their ears or their ability to memorize sounds.
Your voice distinguishes you from the others in your household. When you speak to your parakeet, they remember your voice. The more that you speak to your parakeet, the more they associate your voice with pleasant experiences.
They may form some visionary memory of you as well, especially if you’re the only one that handles them. Primarily, however, it’s your voice that allows your parakeet to recognize you.
How Can You Help Your Re-Homed Parakeet Bond with You?
One problem you may run into with a re-homed parakeet is that they’re not affectionate with you. It can be difficult to own a re-homed parakeet, especially if they lived with another owner for several years. However, it’s not impossible for the parakeet to form a new bond with you. It just takes time.
To help your parakeet recognize you as its new owner, you should talk to it a lot. It needs to recognize your voice and forget its previous owner’s voice. Social interaction is the best method for this. Talk to your bird all of the time.
Another way to help your re-homed parakeet form an attachment with you is to give them new toys and fun puzzles to play with. When you keep your parakeet mentally stimulated, they have a lot of fun. They’ll start to associate that fun with you and your voice.
In time, they’ll forget their old owner and associate the good feelings with you instead. It may take several years, but your re-homed parakeet can eventually form a strong attachment with you.
How do Parakeets Show They Recognize Their Owners?
The main way that parakeets show that they recognize their owner is through affection. You may not be immediately aware of what affection looks like from a parakeet. With a dog, it’s obvious through their wagging tail. With a cat, you can hear them purring. How does a parakeet express affection?
The primary method they use to show their affection is through song. They’re not songbirds, and so their songs may not be the most pleasant things to hear, but they’re doing it to show you that they care. One of the most common sounds they’ll make is chirping.
A happy parakeet will chirp a nonsensical song. You may even hear some of your own phrases or words in their babble.
Another way that parakeets express affection is by copying your words. They recognize you as a member of their flock, and so they want to mimic your song. This enables you to teach them certain words. You can even whistle a tune. They’ll do their best to copy it.
This leads to the next sign of affection. If your parakeet is attached to you, then they’ll try to match their singing to yours. If you’re whistling, humming, or even singing, your parakeet will try to do the same. Not only is it fun for them, but it’s a way for them to show you that they care about you.
Sometimes the parakeet wants to be closer to you. If you’ve ever seen them climb their bars to get closer to you, then it’s a sign that they like you. They’re also naturally curious. They may find your shirt interesting or your new haircut striking. Usually, it’s a sign that they want to be closer to you in order to interact with you more.
It’s a great time to take them out and let them rest on your finger or on your shoulder.
Physical contact is another way in which they show affection. Actually allowing you to touch them or let them perch on your finger is a massive display of trust and affection. They’re wary creatures. They don’t normally like to be touched by strangers.
If you’re able to caress, scratch, or touch your parakeet in any way, then it’s because they’re attached to you. Parakeets often bond with one person over the others. That also means they usually only like to be handled by one person. If they’ve chosen you, then you’re high in their trust.
Parakeets may also snuggle up against you in their own way. They do this by perching on your shoulder and rubbing their head into your neck. This is a major sign of affection. Parakeets that trust you will also remain on your shoulder longer before flying off to explore.
Finally, they’ll also demonstrate affection by singing to you. If there are no other birds in the house and they’re not looking at their mirror, then it’s a big deal if they’re singing to you. It means they’re flirting. You should take it as a compliment!
Do Parakeets Understand What You Say?
One of the joys of owning a parakeet is being able to teach it words. You may wonder, “do parakeets understand what you say?” The answer is unlikely. Parakeets don’t recognize language in the way that we do. Some are capable of using proper grammar, but they’re not quite at the stage where you can have a full-blown conversation with them and expect them to understand everything you’re saying.
Instead, they’re able to mimic some words. They perceive it less as a language and more as your unique song. Since parakeets rely on unique songs to find their mates, they’re able to pay attention to certain sounds, words, and tunes. Once they attach themselves to you, they’ll try to mimic what they believe is your song because you’re a member of their flock.
That being said, you may be able to train your parakeet to perform a certain action when you speak a word. It may be possible to associate a word with a command or performance. Parakeets are intelligent enough to recognize patterns.
How to Gain Your Parakeet’s Trust
In order to recognize you as their owner, your parakeet needs to trust you. Establishing that trust isn’t always easy, especially if you’re re-homing a parakeet. They imprint when they’re young, and if you weren’t there for the imprint, then you’re going to have to work hard to get the parakeet to trust you.
The first step you should take is to ensure their home is satisfactory. Parakeets don’t like small cages, especially if they’re sharing them with other birds. Their cage should have plenty of space to move around in. It should also have fun things for them to do in the cage. Swings, mirrors, perches, and other climbing gear can entertain them for hours.
By making their home a friendly and fun place, your parakeet will be more relaxed and happy.
The next method you can use to build trust with your parakeet is to speak with them. You’ll especially want to capitalize on moments when you feed them. Your parakeet will start to associate your voice with good things like food. When speaking with them, you’ll want to use a gentle and soothing voice. Loud voices may scare them, especially in the beginning.
The next stage of trust involves treats. Feeding your parakeet treats can also encourage them to make a positive association with your voice. It can also encourage them to hop into your hand when you’re feeding them treats. You can also use treats to train them to perch on your finger or shoulder.
Building trust takes time. You should take it in several steps. Once your bird trusts you, you can move on to other steps like petting and holding.
Having other people around can also complicate matters. If you want the bird to trust you only, or to only recognize you as its owner, then you need to be the one that handles the bird.
Parakeets are wonderfully intelligent birds. Their intelligence and instincts from living in a flock make them capable of recognizing their owners. Through building trust and socializing with your parakeet, you can make sure that they recognize you with feelings of joy and happiness. You can build trust by making sure their cage is suitable and understanding the unique needs that your parakeet has. Do these things, and your parakeet will consider you a member of their flock.