Hi, everyone.
I've got a 2 macaws (a blue and gold + a greenwing) who are, for the most part, very well-behaved, happy, social, and well-adjusted.

I've noticed something very interesting in their behaviors. Whenever I make or receive a phone call (cellular or cordless, doesn't matter) they both throw a screaming fit until I hang up.
I can be in the basement, and they can be on the second floor of the house (so no way could they hear me talking and be reacting to that). If the phone rings or I make a call, off they go. I've tried picking up the phone in front of them and talking into it with no one on the other end. They're quiet as churchmice.
But let me be talking to someone and they go into orbit.

It's weird and it got me to wondering: 1) has anyone else had the same experience; and 2) if so, is there something in their hearing or other systems that's more sensitized to these types of transmissions?

And short of wrapping their heads in aluminum foil, can anything be done?
I apologize if this has been discussed before, but I'm new to this newsgroup (although not to birds or usenet). Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated.
Charles Crolley
Hi, everyone. I've got a 2 macaws (a blue and gold + a greenwing) who are, for the most part, ... new to this newsgroup (although not to birds or usenet). Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated. Charles Crolley

Does sound very strange. Our Macaw will make a pest of himself when we are on the phone if he can see us. No more than if we are playing with one of the cats or other birds though. More of a "pay attention to me" thing. Both our Conure and Macaw will say "HELLO" when the phone rings, but they never act like it bothers them at all.

"A committee is a life form with six or more legs and no brain" (Lazarus Long)
Hi, everyone. I've got a 2 macaws (a blue and gold + a greenwing) who are, for the most part, ... new to this newsgroup (although not to birds or usenet). Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated. Charles Crolley

When we were kids, my brother and I would be our most obnoxious and fighting when mom got on the phone. And in the day of corded phones, we would do this just barely outside the reach of the phone cord. It's a conspiracy...you're not giving them your complete and utter attention so they go ballistic. Damn kids!
Laurie
One of mine does the same thing. It could be an attention issue but with me, I talk to my birds in baby voices and I live alone so they only hear my "normal" voice when Im on the phone or when people come over, and when people come over they sit there silent, I dont know if theyre scared or what but anyway if you talk to your birds in a different voice than you talk to everyone else, they may be reacting to that.
I know many people who have this problem (including me) with B & G macaws. It just means they want attention.