Manual of Parrot Behavior / Edition 1

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This authoritative reference, the first of its kind, is a necessary addition to the library of any practitioner or behaviorist who sees avain companion animals. Because of their beauty, intelligence, playfulness and ability in mimicry, parrots are the most widely kept companion birds. It is estimated that more than half of the psittacine cases presented to clinicians are the result of behavioral problems-problems inherent to captivity.

Bringing together a host of international experts on avian behavior, Manual of Parrot Behavior explores the many facets of psittacine behavior, both normal and abnormal. The book not only provides readers with a solid understanding of the basic principles of psittacine behavior but also offers useful techniques of diagnosis and treatment for specific problems.

* Covers both normal and abnormal parrot behavior

* Offers practical techniques on diagnosis and treatment of behavior problems

* Written by a team of international experts on avian behavior

* A necessary addition to the library of any practitioner of behaviorist who sees avian companion animals

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813827490
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Luescher, DVM, PhD is Director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Purdue University. He established the Animal Behavior Clinic in 1997 and is certified as an applied animal behaviorist by the Animal Behavior Society and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. He has been treating companion animals with behavioral problems for more than 15 years

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Table of Contents

1. The Classification and the Status of Wild Populations of Parrots.

2. Behavior of Wild Amazona and Rhynchopsitta Parrots with Comparative Insights from other Psittacines.

3. Parrot Conservation, Trade and Reintroduction.

4. Sensory Capacities of Parrots.

5. Social Behavior of Psittacine Birds.

6. Captive parrot nutrition: interactions with anatomy, physiology, and behavior.

7. Comfort Behavior and Sleep.

8. Parrot Reproductive Behavior, or Who Associates, Who Mates, and Who Cares 9. Nest Box Preferences.

10. Hand-rearing: behavioral impacts and implications for captive parrot welfare.

11. Behavioral Development of Psittacine Companions: Neonates, Neophytes and Fledglings.

12. Handler Attitude and Chick Development.

13. Grey Parrot Cognition and Communication.

14. How Parrots Learn.

15. Behavior Classes in the Veterinary Hospital: Preventing Problems Before They Start.

16. Clinical Evaluation of Psittacine Behavioral Disorders.

17. Diagnostic Workup of Suspected Behavioral Problems.

18. Feeding–Related Problems.

19. Aggressive Behavior in Pet Birds.

20. Parrot Vocalization.

21. Parrots and Fear.

22. Problem Sexual Behaviors of Companion Parrots.

23. Mate Trauma.

24. Feather Picking Disorder in Pet Birds.

25. Psittacine Behavioral Pharmacotherapy.

26. Behavior of Captive Psittacids in the Breeding Aviary.

27. Housing and Management Considerations for Problem Prevention.

28. Captive Parrot Welfare

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2008

    A MUST handbook for all parrot owners and breeders!

    Even though this book (more like a textbook) is very pricy, my vet highly recommended me reading it. I like to think that I have lots of knowledge when it comes to parrots and I owe most of this knowledge to reading this book. Parrots are the most intelligent birds that often get a bad reputation. This manual, in very much detail explains feather-picking disorders, mate trauma, problem sexual behaviors, parrots and fear, aggressive behaviors, behavior disorders, different behavior drugs and the effects of them on parrots, behavior analysis, reproductive behavior, social behavior, and much more. Since African Greys can be problem birds, there is a special section on them.<BR/><BR/>The only thing that I had a problem with is the way that this manual was set up. I had to learn to read like a scientist. References are listed at the end of each chapter and also at the end of the book. At the end of each chapter before the references is a section called "Conclusions" which reads more like English than the rest of the chapter.<BR/><BR/>Special sections include a feather damaging/self-mutilation behavior form, behavior history form, pet attitude scale, chick tameness score sheet and parent tameness score sheet, and some beautiful pictures, both color and black and white.<BR/><BR/>You will definitely understand your parrot more after reading this manual. Parrots are not only a special species, but special pets. If you own a parrot, you know very well that they are not at all like owning a cat or a dog, but are just as rewarding if not more. Can your dog or cat greet you when you come home by saying "Hey Mommy! Whatcha doin'?"

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