Guide to Companion Parrot Behavior

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Owners of companion parrots value these appealing birds in much the same way that a dog lover values his pet pooch. But companion parrots have a unique quality unmatched by any dog: They can talk to their human companions! This revised and updated book advises on all important topics related to keeping a companion parrot, including:
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Overview


Owners of companion parrots value these appealing birds in much the same way that a dog lover values his pet pooch. But companion parrots have a unique quality unmatched by any dog: They can talk to their human companions! This revised and updated book advises on all important topics related to keeping a companion parrot, including:
  • Choosing between a young parrot an and older bird
  • Selecting and training a talking parrot
  • Modifying the bird's behavior and reinforcing social behavior habits
  • Protecting the parrot from household hazards
  • Coping with occasional problems, such as screaming or feather chewing

• Author Mattie Sue Athan concludes by recounting several amusing anecdotes about companion parrots and their various owners. Includes color photos and line art.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764142130
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,372,462
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2000

    Essential Reading

    If you get only one book--make it this one. It covers all of the common and less common companion birds and offers excellent advice and information on everything from problem behaviors and how to solve them (screaming, biting) to wing clipping and diet. This book is a must have. I refer to it constantly and consider this author to be the best in the field. You will love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2000

    A Practical, Informative Reference

    As much as 10 years ago I spoke of the need for a book that compares the characteristics and needs of the various parrot species and wondered why no one had yet written one. I was pleased to find that Ms. Athan has finally filled what I considered a gaping hole in the body of companion parrot literature, and was even more delighted with the book itself. As is par for the course for Ms. Athan, the book is well written, easy to read, entertaining as well as informative, and contains a rich complement of helpful illustrations and pictures. As well as describing and comparing the characteristics and needs of various species of pet birds, the book offers clear, practical advice on dealing with the most common behavioral problems seen in companion parrots. I personally was having some problems with a 'rescued' cockatoo; after reading the sections on biting and cockatoos, I learned how to deal with this bird more effectively and have not been bitten since applying what I learned from the book. The book contains new and practical information that will be helpful to anyone who has a companion parrot, but in my opinion it is an absolute must-have for breeders (to help them give guidance to buyers about which parrot to get) and for those considering the purchase of a parrot. No other book on the market provides the clear, detailed, and comparative information about the pet potential and characteristics of the various types of companion parrots that this book does, or explains as effectively how to turn a young parrot into a well-socialized and well-behaved companion.

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