Synopses & Reviews
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.
Offering a wealth of advice on such topics as choosing between a young parrotand an older parrot, a parrot expert discusses ways of coping with occasionalproblems owners can have with their pet.
A companion parrot is to a bird lover what a favorite lapdog is to its owner -- a friend through thick and thin. This book offers a wealth of advice on such topics as choosing between a young parrot and an older bird, selecting and training a talking parrot, modifying some of a companion parrot's behavior traits and periodically reinforcing behavior changes, keeping the bird groomed and away from household safety hazards, and virtually all other aspects of care. The author, a respected parrot expert, discusses ways of coping with occasional problems that include excessive screaming and feather chewing, and describes general differences in behavior among various companion birds - budgies, lovebirds, cockatiels, macaws, conures, lories and others.
Whether you already own a companion parrot or plan to acquire one of these fascinating birds, you'll value Mattie Sue Athan's helpful information on everyday care and advice on dealing with potential problems. Topics she discusses in detail include:
Choosing the right species for your home Selecting and training a talking parrot Modifying your bird's behavior and reinforcing favorable behavior habits Protecting your parrot from play accidents and household hazards Coping with occasional issues, such as screaming or feather chewing behavior
You'll also enjoy reading her many amusing stories about companion parrots and their owners.
Filled with color photos and illustrations
Includes bibliographical references (p. 222-225) and index.