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Recommended Reading For New and Experienced Parrot Owners

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Recommended Reading For New and Experienced Parrot Owners
« on: May 20, 2011, 12:07:45 PM »

The following books are written by reputable parrot experts and answer a lot of questions to common behavioural problems and general parrot care.


Guide to a Well-Behaved Parrot
Mattie Sue Athan
http://www.amazon.com/Guide-Well-Behaved-Parrot-Barrons-Mattie/dp/0764136674/ref=pd_sim_b_2

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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.


Guide to Companion Parrot Behavior
Mattie Sue Athan
http://www.amazon.com/Guide-Companion-Parrot-Behavior-Mattie/dp/0764142135/ref=pd_sim_b_4

Description
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


The Second-Hand Parrot
Mattie Sue Athan
http://www.amazon.com/Second-Hand-Parrot-Mattie-Sue-Athan/dp/0764119184/ref=pd_sim_b_5

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Two expert parrot owners point out the pros and cons of adopting a bird that has had a previous owner. All Complete Pet Owner's Manuals are heavily illustrated with color photos and line art, and are filled with reliable, easy-to-understand information on pet care. The many titles in this series show and tell pet owners how to care for dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, gerbils, hamsters, and virtually every other animal that is kept as a pet. The books give advice on purchasing and otherwise acquiring a pet, maintaining health care, housing, proper feeding, and where applicable, grooming and training. Clear, straightforward text comes with high-quality, full-color photos and anatomically accurate line art, as well as helpful tables and charts.


The Parrot Problem Solver
Barbara Heidenreich
http://www.amazon.com/Parrot-Problem-Solver-Barbara-Heidenreich/dp/0793805627/ref=pd_sim_b_2

Description
When not properly trained and socialized, parrots are prone to developing a number of behavioral problems, including aggression and self-mutilation. Many owners face these problems and need guidance on solving them. Barbara Heidenreich arms her readers with the information they need to turn their pugilistic parrot into a feathered friend. Some of the topics include: -Wild bird behavior and how it affects the bird/owner relationship -The best and worst ways to modify pet bird behavior -Understanding bird body language -Sidebars on the myths and misconceptions of keeping pet parrots.


Good Bird! A Guide to Solving Behavioral Problems in Companion Parrots
Barbara Heidenreich
http://www.amazon.com/Solving-Behavioral-Problems-Companion-Parrots/dp/1895270278/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1305882547&sr=1-1

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An easy to read step-by-step guide that uses positive reinforcement for teaching parrots acceptable behavior. Professional advice from animal behaviorist that will help you deal with screaming, biting, feather-picking, bonding and other difficult behaviors


Breaking Bad Habits in Parrots: How Responsible and Sympathetic Parrot Care Can Prevent or Remedy Problem Behaviors
Greg Glendell
http://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Bad-Habits-Parrots-Responsible/dp/1554072972/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1305894615&sr=8-1

Description
An in-depth guide to overcoming common problem behaviors in parrots.

Parrots are among the most highly intelligent creatures kept as pets. They are capable of forming very close and rewarding relationships with their handlers. However, it takes a lot of time on a daily basis to ensure that the parrot is content and mentally stimulated. Otherwise, the unhappy bird may develop a repertoire of problem behaviors, such as biting, screaming and feather-plucking.

In this definitive reference book for the hundreds of thousands of parrot owners, a top parrot behavioral consultant explains how best to keep a captive bird in a domestic environment so that the pet will thrive, and reveals what to do to overcome and prevent problem behaviors.


Clicker Training for Birds (Getting Started)
Melinda Johnson
http://www.amazon.com/Clicker-Training-Birds-Getting-Started/dp/1890948152/ref=pd_sim_b_5

Description
Find out just how smart, affectionate, and fascinating birds can be, with clicker training.
* Depressed birds regain their joy in life

* One-person birds warm up to other family members 

* Scared birds learn to cooperate with simple care such as nail clipping

* Undesirable behaviors such as screaming and biting fade away 

* Baby birds grow up to be outstanding companions

* Rescued and older birds learn to trust, love and play 

* Birds win new friends with appealing tricks and games


The Click That Does The Trick: Trick Training Your Bird The Clicker Way
Robin Deutsch
http://www.amazon.com/Click-That-Does-Trick-Training/dp/0793805619/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1305894778&sr=1-1

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If you think your parrot can't shoot a basket or bowl a stike, think again! Using the information in The Click That Does the Trick, you'll be able to train your bird to perform over 30 entertaining tricks, including shooting a basket, bowling, roller-skating, waving, and more. Training your bird is not only entertaining, but it actually helps build a better relationship between the two of you. You'll spend more time together and come to know and trust each other. And, both you and your bird will have fun. Training your bird reduces his level of boredom and gets him mentally and physically active.
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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2011, 12:27:12 PM »

And if I may add 2 more books.
Breaking Bad Habits in Parrots. By Greg Glendell.

 The Click that does the Trick, By Robin Deutsch.
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Re: Recommended Reading For New and Experienced Parrot Owners
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2011, 12:35:52 PM »

Thanks Geoff I added them to the list.
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Re: Recommended Reading For New and Experienced Parrot Owners
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2011, 02:43:56 PM »

great list!  :thumbsup:

I would also add Karen Pryor's Don't Shoot The Dog to the list
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Re: Recommended Reading For New and Experienced Parrot Owners
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2011, 07:51:25 PM »

 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: I've got a few of those and they've been really helpful
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