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Parrots: Everything about Purchase, Care, Feeding, and Housing

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A well-known parrot expert instructs on all aspects of the bird's feeding, housing, and health needs, as well as on behavior problems and ways to solve them. Titles in the extensive Complete Pet Owner's Manuals series provide pet owners with basic information on keeping healthy, contented, well-cared-for animals. The series includes approximately 175 titles and covers pets of every kind: dogs, cats, and birds of many breeds, as well as fish, reptiles, rabbits, hamsters, and just about any other animal that people...

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Overview

A well-known parrot expert instructs on all aspects of the bird's feeding, housing, and health needs, as well as on behavior problems and ways to solve them. Titles in the extensive Complete Pet Owner's Manuals series provide pet owners with basic information on keeping healthy, contented, well-cared-for animals. The series includes approximately 175 titles and covers pets of every kind: dogs, cats, and birds of many breeds, as well as fish, reptiles, rabbits, hamsters, and just about any other animal that people keep as a pet. Facts and advice cover all aspects of pet care, which include proper feeding, housing, health care, grooming, training, and much more. The text in each manual is supplemented with many vivid, full-color photos, and with instructive, anatomically accurate line art. Each manual has been individually written by a breeder, trainer, veterinarian, or experienced animal specialist.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764120961
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: Complete Pet Owner's Manual
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 730,996
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Table of Contents

The Companion Parrot 5
All About Feathers 6
The Way of the Beak 9
Birds' Poop 10
Expectations 11
Looking for Just the Right Bird 13
Breeders and Dealers 13
What Are Your Choices? 14
Selecting a Particular Bird 15
Preparing for the First Big Move 17
Safety First: Grooming the Indoor Bird 19
The Guarantee and the Well-Baby Checkup 21
How-To: If a Parrot Could Pick a Perfect Person 22
The Transition to the New Home 25
A Bird's Cage Is Its Castle 25
Cage Placement 28
Perches and Toys 29
What Parrots Eat 31
Old Habits and New Foods 34
The Development of Behavior 37
Attention and Reinforcement 37
Biting Prevention 39
Cooperation Patterning 39
Building Confidence with Choices 40
The Shy Bird 42
The Parrot's Need to Play 43
Side-by-Side and Face-to-Face Activities 45
Bonding and Territorialism 46
Phases Come and Go 47
As the Bird Matures 50
Sexual Behavior 55
Behavior Management 57
Strategies and Timing 57
Detour Compliance: Stimulating and Reinforcing Alternative Interactions 58
The Termination Stimulus 60
The Influence of Environment 63
Vocalizations: The Ones We Want to Hear and the Ones We Don't 64
The Bird That Damages Feathers 67
Behavior Training: When and Where to Find Help 70
How-To: Disaster Preparations 74
Lifestyle Issues 77
Traveling: To Take the Bird or Leave It Behind 77
To Board or Not to Board 78
Preventing Feelings of Abandonment 78
To Fly or Not to Fly 80
Refledging 81
Over the Rainbow: Going After the Bird That Flies Away 83
You, Your Bird, and the Veterinarian 90
After You're Gone 91
Information 92
Index 94
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2002

    Get this book before you buy a parrot!!!

    This book is essential reading for anyone considering purchasing their first parrot or getting a new parrot. The contents are practical information about the reality of owning a companion parrot as well as the great responsibility. Matti Sue Athan covers a wide range of information including basic needs of parrots as well as behavioral areas that may be encountered. It is an absolute MUST for every new parrot owner. Even experienced owners will enjoy this work.

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