Guide to the Quaker Parrot

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Barron's Educational Series, 1997 - Pets - 122 pages
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The Quaker parrot is becoming one of the most popular companion parrots as bird owners discover that it is easy to train, has a colorful and endearing personality, and often develops human speech imitation almost spontaneously. This volume provides the details of parrot behavior training, best begun when the bird is still in its baby stage. Patterning and positive reinforcement are applied to balancing human and territorial bonding, maintaining status in the pecking order, and "potty" training. The author also gives general advice on cages, bird toys, grooming, diet, and protecting against household accidents. Potential problem areas are also discussed, including aggressive behavior, molting, excessive noisemaking, and sexual behavior. There is a special chapter on physically imperfect Quaker parrots, advice on recapturing escaped birds, and background information on Quakers as pets in Brazil. The text is enhanced with dozens of full-color photos and line art.
 

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Contents

Bird of Paradox
1
Control and Other Issues
6
Who Goes Where?
7
The New Baby Quaker
11
Bringing Baby Home
14
Behavioral Development
17
A Stimulating Environment for the Developmental Period
20
Continuing Education during Adolescence
22
Diet and Behavior
60
Occasional Problems and Their Control
65
Excessive Vocalizations
66
When a Quaker Parrot Doesnt Talk
68
Molting
71
Feather Problems
72
Allofeeding
76
Other Sexual Behaviors
77

The Sexually Mature Companion Quaker
25
Socialization
27
Transportation Dependence
28
Balancing Human and Territorial Bonding
29
Change Is Good
31
Environmental Enrichment
33
An Understanding of Time
34
Acquiring Human Speech
36
The Power of Positive Reinforcement
37
Anticipation
41
Maintaining Status in the Pecking Order
42
Potty Training
43
General Care
45
Foraging Territory
48
Toys and Playing
49
Necessary Grooming and Related Warnings
51
Hazards in the Home
54
Medical Care
58
Retrieving a Lost Companion Quaker
79
Behavioral Intervention
82
Abuse
85
Rehabilitation
89
Operating a Quaker Parrot Adoption Program
94
The Perfect Imperfects
99
Cosmetic Imperfections
100
Imperfections that Impair Abilities
101
Extreme Imperfections
103
Family Issues
104
Infants and Quaker Parrots
105
Quaker Parrots and Other Pets
108
Quaker Parrots in the United States
110
The Companion Quaker in Brazil
113
Glossary
114
Useful Addresses and Literature
118
Index
119
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About the author (1997)

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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