Manual of Parrot Behavior / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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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.
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.
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.
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'?"