The African Grey Parrot Handbook

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Barron's Educational Series, 2000 - Pets - 169 pages
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The African Grey can acquire a larger vocabulary than most other parrot varieties--but with or without speech, it's a favorite companion among bird lovers. Here is detailed advice on nutritious feeding, caging, grooming, disease prevention, and much more. Titles in Barron's popular Pet Handbooks series instruct pet owners on health care, feeding and housing, and other facts important to owners and their pets.
  

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Contents

The Grey Parrots Out of Africa General Description
1
Using Words with Understanding
4
Behavior
5
Parrots in the Wild
6
Grey Parrots as Companions
8
Stepup Practice
11
Bonding and Socialization
13
Would You Enjoy a Grey Parrots Companionship?
14
Diet
80
Grooming
86
Pottytraining the Fastidious Grey Parrot
92
Medical Care
96
Vaccinations
97
Transmitting Diseases Between Humans and Birds
102
Holistic Medicine
103
Behavioral Issues
104

Selecting and Socializing a Grey Parrot
15
Initial Interactions
16
Evaluating the Chick
17
Food and Related Issues
18
Weaning Confidence and Constructive Interactions
19
Coming Home
21
Learning Independent and Social Behaviors
24
Making the Most of the Early Days
29
Grey Parrots with Children and Other Pets
37
The Previously Owned Grey Parrot
40
The Wildcaught Grey
43
Ongoing Behavior Management
44
Transitional Behaviors
45
Helping the Bird Develop Selfconfidence
46
Opportunities to Make Successful Decisions
47
Manipulating the Perception of Territory
49
Correcting Unacceptable Behaviors
51
The Fickle Grey Parrot
52
Maintaining Companion Behaviors as the Bird Matures
53
Selecting and Training a Talking Grey Parrot
58
Talking Mimicking and Signaling
59
Setting the Stage for Talking
61
The Guaranteed Talking Parrot
62
General Care Environment What Does a Grey Parrot Really Need?
63
The Home Environment
68
Battling Boredom
75
Stimulating and Rewarding Good Behavior
105
Anticipate Distract and Reinforce
107
Biting
108
Unwanted Vocalizations
110
Cautiousness Fearfulness and Phobic Behavior
115
Manipulating the Birds Environment
119
Messages from Humans
120
Reacting to Humans
122
Outings
123
Behavioral Intervention
124
Feathers and Feather Problems
128
Other Feather Problems
130
First Signs
131
Possible Causes
132
Dealing with Feather Picking
134
Recovering a Lost Grey Parrot The Grey Parrot That Flies Away
144
When a Grey Parrot Is Stolen
149
Breeding Basics
150
Obtaining a Pair
151
Gender and Bonding
152
Stimulating Breeding Behaviors
153
Care and Feeding of Chicks
154
Glossary
159
Useful Addresses and Literature
165
Index
167
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About the author (2000)

Mattie Sue Athan has been a practicing parrot behavior consultant for nearly 30 years. She is also author of Barron's Guide to a Well-Behaved Parrot and several other books on parrot varieties and parrot behavior.

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