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African Grey Parrot

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Among all parrot species, the African Grey is noted for its ability to speak following simple coaching. This book, an updated addition to Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals series, advises on all aspects of African Grey health care, caging, training, nutrition, behavior, and more. Written primarily for prospective and inexperienced pet owners, as well as for older children who are learning about responsible pet care, Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals present basic pet care information. The many titles in ...
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Overview


Among all parrot species, the African Grey is noted for its ability to speak following simple coaching. This book, an updated addition to Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals series, advises on all aspects of African Grey health care, caging, training, nutrition, behavior, and more. Written primarily for prospective and inexperienced pet owners, as well as for older children who are learning about responsible pet care, Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals present basic pet care information. The many titles in this series cover all popular dog and cat breeds, bird varieties, hamsters and other small caged animals, aquarium fish varieties, terrarium pets, and even reptiles, amphibians, and exotics. Each title features approximately 70 color photos and advises on acquiring an animal, housing, feeding, health care--and, where applicable, grooming and training.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764147418
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Series: Complete Pet Owner's Manual
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 637,245
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Why Do Greys Act as They Do? 5

Wild by Nature 5

Highly Intelligent 5

Not Domesticated Animals 6

The Learning Process 6

Feeding Habits 8

Types of Greys 8

Sexual Differences 10

Breeding 10

Rearing of the Young 11

The Grey Personality 12

Are Greys One-Person Birds? 12

How Does This Relate to My Grey? 14

Conservation, Aviculture, and Legislation 16

Before Bringing Your Grey Home 19

Are You a Grey Person? 19

What Is the Ideal Age to Buy? 19

Preparing the Home 20

Indoor/Outdoor Flight Aviaries 24

Household Dangers 24

Family Introductions 26

The Purchase Decision 27

Getting to Know Your Grey 29

Surviving the First Few Days 29

Setting Routines 29

Dealing with Fears 31

Clumsiness and How to Help It 31

Cuddling 32

Developmental Stages 33

HOW-TO: Read Body Language 38

Teaching Your Grey Everyday Living Skills 41

Forms of Teaching 41

Teaching to Talk 42

Teaching to Play 44

Then There Are Games! 47

Teaching to Shower 48

Broadcasting 49

Bird Sitters 50

Take Your Grey with You 51

HOW-TO: Handle Your Grey 52

Some Behavior Basics 55

The Power of Attention 55

Original Cause 56

Working on Negative Behaviors 57

Screaming 60

Biting Behavior 61

Feather Picking 62

Finding the Right Avian Behavior Consultant 64

Rehabilitating Greys 67

The Behavior Tunnel 87

Avoiding Phobic Reactions 71

Teaching Your Grey to Eat a Healthy Diet 73

Creating Your Grey's Daily Meal Plan 76

Teaching Your Grey to Eat Healthy Foods 79

Vitamin A Deficiencies 80

Appropriate Calcium Levels 81

"Cold Tukey" Conversion Never Works! 81

The Veterinary Experience 83

Choosing the Right Veterinarian 83

What to Expect in a Health Exam 83

Nutritional Deficiencies 87

Early Warning Signs 87

Fractures 89

Burns 89

HOW-TO: Emergencies 90

Information 92

Index 94

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