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Rocky responds to both being ignored and being told to be quiet, it took him a while to get to this stage and he will still scream if I have been at work all day and I come back and don't give him the attention he wants if I am busy.
Firstly for ignoring him I simply turn my back on him and ignore him for 5 seconds, if he persists I leave the room and shut the door and don't allow anyone to give him attention till he is quiet for a decent amount of time.
Then what I did with Rocky was teach him to shout when I ask, so if I get really excited and say "can you shout?" he will start screaming, I also then taught him after to "shhh quietly" in a very calm quiet voice and he will normally calm back down and continue with his more sociable noises lol.
I do however allocate time for us to scream at each other everyday, we have a good 10/15 minutes some days for him to just really scream it all out, I read it in a Parrot mag or something ages ago and it has really calmed him down as he can have his time everyday to be noisy whilst still getting the attention he wants, then as he has it out his system he gets his the rest of his attention whilst being calm.
It might work for you it might not, it's hard to really describe how I did it to be honest as I went off what Rocky was giving me at the time, some days it went well others it didn't.