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• Author Mattie Sue Athan concludes by recounting several amusing anecdotes about companion parrots and their various owners. Includes color photos and line art.
Posted November 2, 2000
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 1, 2000
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.