Guide to a Well-Behaved Parrot

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Barron's Educational Series, 2007 - Pets - 133 pages
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This expanded new edition of a popular parrot-training book explains parrot psychology and discusses the ways in which parrot owners can apply it to solve behavior problems. The author cites the most common problems--screaming, biting, and feather-chewing--and tells how to remedy them. She also stresses the need for periodic reinforcement of desirable parrot behavior traits and advises on many aspects of good parrot care, including proper nutrition and providing the bird with steady companionship. The text is complemented with many attractive and instructive color photos and line art.
  

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User Review  - Laurel Rockefeller - Goodreads

I first bought Guide to a Well Behaved Parrot back when it was in first edition in the mid-1990s (in fact the cover art on my copy is a bit different than you see here) after hearing about it in a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michelle - Goodreads

She doesn't even mention adopting as a means to get a parrot (which is a very important option). She also doesn't mention you should ignore screaming Read full review

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Contents

Why a Parrot?
1
Selecting a Type of Parrot
3
Transitions Maturity Perspective
4
Selecting a Particular Bird
8
Expectations
10
The Development of Behavior
11
Its All About Payoff
12
The Effective Environment
13
Toys
59
Stimulating the Reluctant Talker
64
Birds and Bathing
66
Grooming the Bird for Safety
69
The Screaming Parrot
72
Feather Destructive Behavior
75
Reading Parrot Body Language
79
Defending Territory
85

Choice and Confidence
18
FacetoFace SidebySide
22
The Good the Bad and the Overbonded
26
As Time Goes By
28
Early Behavior Management
33
Games Birds Like to Play with People
35
How to Pet a Parrot
39
The Formation of Habits
42
Stepups
44
The Towel Game
45
Distractions
47
Potty Training
50
Ongoing Behavior Management
52
A Birds Gotta Chew What a Birds Gotta Chew
55
Exercise and the Companion Parrot
57
Lifestyle Issues
93
On the Shoulder
95
Parrots and Children
98
Parrots and Other Pets
100
The Bird Who Spends the Day Alone
103
Hazards in the Home
105
Disaster Preparations
108
When Your Parrot Flies Away
110
Stories
115
Redheads Blondes and The Thunderbolt
117
Into the Aftermath
118
Glossary
125
Information
129
Index
131
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About the author (2007)

Mattie Sue Athan is a widely respected expert on parrots and their care. She contributes regularly to bird-care periodicals and is also the author of Parrots: A Complete Pet Owner's Manual and co-author of The African Grey Parrot Handbook, both published by Barron's.

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