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Parrots : everything about purchase, care, feeding, and housing
Athan, Mattie Sue.
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Hauppauge, NY : Barron's, [2002]

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95 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
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SF473.P3 A848 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A well-known parrot expert instructs on all aspects of the bird's feeding, housing, and health needs, as well as on behavior problems and ways to solve them. Titles in the extensive Complete Pet Owner's Manuals series provide pet owners with basic information on keeping healthy, contented, well-cared-for animals. The series includes approximately 175 titles and covers pets of every kind: dogs, cats, and birds of many breeds, as well as fish, reptiles, rabbits, hamsters, and just about any other animal that people keep as a pet. Facts and advice cover all aspects of pet care, which include proper feeding, housing, health care, grooming, training, and much more. The text in each manual is supplemented with many vivid, full-color photos, and with instructive, anatomically accurate line art. Each manual has been individually written by a breeder, trainer, veterinarian, or experienced animal specialist.

Table of Contents

The Companion Parrotp. 5
All About Feathersp. 6
The Way of the Beakp. 9
Birds' Poopp. 10
Expectationsp. 11
Looking for Just the Right Birdp. 13
Breeders and Dealersp. 13
What Are Your Choices?p. 14
Selecting a Particular Birdp. 15
Preparing for the First Big Movep. 17
Safety First: Grooming the Indoor Birdp. 19
The Guarantee and the Well-Baby Checkupp. 21
How-To: If a Parrot Could Pick a Perfect Personp. 22
The Transition to the New Homep. 25
A Bird's Cage Is Its Castlep. 25
Cage Placementp. 28
Perches and Toysp. 29
What Parrots Eatp. 31
Old Habits and New Foodsp. 34
The Development of Behaviorp. 37
Attention and Reinforcementp. 37
Biting Preventionp. 39
Cooperation Patterningp. 39
Building Confidence with Choicesp. 40
The Shy Birdp. 42
The Parrot's Need to Playp. 43
Side-by-Side and Face-to-Face Activitiesp. 45
Bonding and Territorialismp. 46
Phases Come and Gop. 47
As the Bird Maturesp. 50
Sexual Behaviorp. 55
Behavior Managementp. 57
Strategies and Timingp. 57
Detour Compliance: Stimulating and Reinforcing Alternative Interactionsp. 58
The Termination Stimulusp. 60
The Influence of Environmentp. 63
Vocalizations: The Ones We Want to Hear and the Ones We Don'tp. 64
The Bird That Damages Feathersp. 67
Behavior Training: When and Where to Find Helpp. 70
How-To: Disaster Preparationsp. 74
Lifestyle Issuesp. 77
Traveling: To Take the Bird or Leave It Behindp. 77
To Board or Not to Boardp. 78
Preventing Feelings of Abandonmentp. 78
To Fly or Not to Flyp. 80
Refledgingp. 81
Over the Rainbow: Going After the Bird That Flies Awayp. 83
You, Your Bird, and the Veterinarianp. 90
After You're Gonep. 91
Informationp. 92
Indexp. 94