Synopses & Reviews
Parrots make a wonderful alternative to the traditional pet. They’re as loving, intelligent, companionable, and entertaining as a cat or a dog but they surpass them by far in many other ways. They don’t require walks around the block, they’re perfect for apartment living, most have long life spans, and they’re full of personality. Besides, when was the last time you saw a vibrant blue cat or had a conversation with a talking dog?
Whether you are just thinking about buying a parrot or you’ve had parrots for years, Parrots for Dummies is full of helpful information about how to be the best parrot guardian you can be. Parrots for Dummies is packed full of useful tips, hints, reminders, and warnings about everything related to parrots and their care, including:
- Picking a parrot
- Bringing a new parrot home
- Parrot behavior made simple
- Taming and training your bird
- Travel tips
Author Nikki Moustaki, avian care and behavior consultant and author of Parakeets for Dummies, gives you all of her experienced advice about owning, caring for, and loving parrots. She draws on her professional knowledge as well as her personal familiarity with the bird to show you how to make the most of your parrot-guardian relationship. She includes information on:
- Purchasing and adopting a parrot
- Proper housing and food
- Parrot illnesses and diseases
- Correcting behavioral problems
- Living in a multiple parrot household
- Breeding and showing parrots
In addition to all the help and guidance, Parrots for Dummies comes with a full-color insert with pictures of over 25 different kinds of parrots to help you choose a new pet that catches your eye or find your existing pet’s nearest relation. So whether you’re buying your first parrot or looking for some advice about an old friend, Parrots for Dummies has something for you.
Whether an African Grey, a Macaw, or any species in between, sharing a home and life with a parrot can be a joy or an overwhelming experience. Offering a wealth of advice on such topics as choosing between a young parrot and an older parrot, Parrots For Dummies discusses ways to provide the very best care and training for a parrot. Parrots For Dummies will provide straightforward guidance on choosing the best parrot breed for one's lifestyle, taming and training a parrot, and providing nutrition and health care for one's parrot. This book will offer advice on keeping a parrot groomed, maintaining parrots' safety from household hazards, and dealing with screaming, feather chewing and other behavioral problems, plus much more. Coverage on making arrangements in case birdy outlives its owner will also be featured.
According to the APPMA 2004 survey, there are 17.3 million pet birds in the United States. Among the most popular, parrots provide great joy to some and headaches for others. This valuable guide offers advice on choosing the right type of parrot for various lifestyles, taming and training, nutrition, health care, bird safety, and behavior problems such as screaming and feather-chewing. It even covers how to make arrangements for parrot care in the event this long-lived pet should outlive its owner.
Covers feeding, training, and housing parrots
All the guidance you need to choose and raise your parrot
Thinking about getting a parrot? This friendly guide offers expert advice on everything from taming and training to nutrition, health care, and parrot safety. You'll see how to keep your feathered friend comfortable and entertained — and you'll better understand the hows and whys of your parrot's instincts and behavior.
Discover how to
- Select a healthy parrot
- Choose proper housing
- Teach your parrot to talk
- Correct behavior problems
- Keep multiple parrots
About the Author
Nikki Moustaki is the author of many books on parrots and avian behavior. She writes regularly for Bird Talk Magazine and Pet Product News.
Table of Contents
Part I: Your Wild Child: Introducing the Parrot.
Chapter 1: Meet the Parrots.
Chapter 2: Expectations of a Companion Parrot.
Chapter 3: Choosing the Right Companion.
Chapter 4: Purchasing and Adopting a Parrot.
Part II: Bringing Home Your New Parrot.
Chapter 5: A House to Call Home: Choosing Proper Housing.
Chapter 6: Let’s Go Shopping! Avian Supplies and Accessories.
Chapter 7: Bringing Home Birdy: Introductions and Parrot-Proofing Your Home.
Part III: Caring for Your Parrot.
Chapter 8: Eating Like a Bird: Proper Parrot Nutrition.
Chapter 9: Pretty Bird! Grooming Your Companion.
Chapter 10: In Sickness and in Health.
Part IV: Parrot Behavior Made Simple.
Chapter 11: Understanding Your Wild Child’s Instincts.
Chapter 12: Normal Companion Parrot Behaviors.
Chapter 13: Multiple Parrot Households.
Chapter 14: When Good Birds Go Bad.
Part V: Taming, Training, and Beyond.
Chapter 15: Bird Brains: Parrot Intelligence.
Chapter 16: Taming and Training Your Parrot.
Chapter 17: Breeding Parrots.
Chapter 18: In the Ring: Showing Your Parrot.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 19: Ten Things All Parrots Should Know.
Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Entertain Your Parrot.
Chapter 21: Ten + Travel Tips.