An in-depth guide to overcoming common problem behaviors in parrots.
Parrots are among the most highly intelligent creatures kept as pets. They are capable of forming very close and rewarding relationships with their handlers. However, it takes a lot of time on a daily basis to ensure that the parrot is content and mentally stimulated. Otherwise, the unhappy bird may develop a repertoire of problem behaviors, such as biting, screaming and feather-plucking.
In this definitive reference book for the hundreds of thousands of parrot owners, a top parrot behavioral consultant explains how best to keep a captive bird in a domestic environment so that the pet will thrive, and reveals what to do to overcome and prevent problem behaviors.
This authoritative book is organized into the following sections:
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Greg Glendell has kept parrots for 18 years, which he also breeds and fosters. He owns a pet parrot consultancy firm and offers courses on pet parrot behavior.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
This book is intended for pet or "companion" parrot owners. It is meant to a be a practical book that gives you, as a parrot-keeper, the information you need to fully understand your bird's behavior, whatever type of parrot you may have.
In addition to giving detailed guidance on how to develop an excellent relationship with your pet bird, the book gives an insight into parrots' natural behaviors and how these birds live in the wild. There are details of the "language" of parrots -- the calls and postures the birds use -- and how to interpret these behaviors. The essentials of behavior and, most importantly, what motivates a bird to perform the range of behaviors we see in them, is explained. While the use of proven scientific methods for understanding and changing behaviors is covered in detail, again the aim is for this to be of practical benefit to you as a pet-bird-keeper. This leads to a section that considers how you can use these methods to work with your bird, both to prevent problems in the future and to solve any current problems you may be experiencing. Problem behaviors such as nervousness, aggression, self-plucking, excessive screaming and destructiveness are all covered. Once you understand the causes of problem behaviors, these can usually be solved by working with your bird's innate intelligence to ask it to change its behavior.
The importance of allowing pet parrots to perform as many of their natural behaviors as possible in captivity is emphasized, and this is supported by details of how you can provide environmental enrichment for the birds. Unlike other pet parrot books, there is no assumption here that parrots should be wing-clipped. More people want to keep their birds as the flying creatures they are meant to be, so this book explains in detail how to teach pet birds basic flight commands. This ensures that you have a well-behaved parrot that can also be encouraged to fly.
If you want to teach your bird to talk, the book suggests you encourage the use of words and phrases in their proper context, just as you might to encourage a human toddler to talk. This allows you to develop a much better level of communication with your bird. There are also sections on how to recover a bird that may have escaped, and details of what to do in an emergency to provide first aid care for your bird.
Breaking Bad Habits in Parrots offers a new and refreshing approach to keeping parrots so that both you and your bird can get more out of each other's company. Birds are fascinating creatures and the parrot group, in particular, have unique qualities. Keeping parrots as pets is a real privilege. This book aims to give you a revealing insight into your parrot's life.
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