I guess there’s a little part in everyone of us that wants to be appreciated. We want to be acknowledged for small acts of kindness, for our efforts and for our sincerity. And when nothing is said, or we get the opposite reaction to the one we were expecting, we can be left feeling hurt or disappointed.
And that applies to parrots as well as to human beings. For example, I can go a whole day without gnawing the top of the kitchen cabinets, but does anyone notice? No, instead they complain that I’ve spilt seed husks all over the floor. Or when I whistle a special tune that I’ve worked on for ages, instead of stopping to listen, the family rushes out of the door to go shopping. Life isn’t always very fair.