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How to understand "Bird Language"?

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Learning your bird's language is key to having a productive, respectful relationship with your parrot. Birds can communicate in a variety of ways. If we are lucky, they use our own language to let us know what they want but certainly, they always convey their moods using their own unique vocalizations and body language. By taking the time to observe and interpret your parrot's body language, you will soon be able to easily discern when they are happy, want to play or eat, tired, angry, sick or even when they are about to poop! Gaining an understanding of the subtle...

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10 Tips on how to train your bird

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Macaws on bicycles, cockatoos raising flags, concures snatching dollar notes from audience members. These are images that often come to mind when the word “training” is mentioned in conjunction with parrots. While it is true that training is responsible for those resulting entertaining tricks, this short list of behaviors is a gross understatement of the endless potential training with positive reinforcement affords avian species in our care. Training is simply teaching. When we train an animal with positive reinforcement we give it information on what it can do to earn desired outcomes. What behaviors we choose to teach are limitless....

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How to teach your bird to speak?

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Due to their inherent intelligence, parrots have demonstrated the wonderful ability to “learn our language”.  Much of this learning is done thru their intense observation of our interactions with other humans and household pets as well as our responses to certain situations such as a ringing phone or doorbell.  Their ability to use complex and meaningful communication is one of the most enchanting aspects of these wonderful beings. Teaching your bird to talk and sing can be accomplished by consistently applying language appropriate to what is going on in the house.  Interaction, persistence, patience and most importantly, a good relationship...

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How to choose the right bird as a family pet?

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So you are considering a bird for a family pet? That is wonderful! Birds can be one of the best human companions, if raised and taken care of correctly they can be extremely affectionate, intelligent, fun and absolutely lovable. Having said that, there are many things to consider before you can be 100% sure that a bird is right for you. Below is information on what will be required/expected of you to be an appropriate and successful bird owner. Noise First and foremost, noise will be a factor with a bird no matter what. Time and time again I come...

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Do birds have feeling and emotions?

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Scientists have long accused pet owners of anthropomorphism which is the act of attributing the human characteristics of thought, feeling and consciousness to pets.  Even though supporting the notion of animals having emotions is the equivalent of committing heresy in the scientific world, there is an increasing acceptance that animals do have and feel emotions.   From the pet owner's perspective, humankind is not alone in it's ability to think and feel.   Anyone who has lived with a parrot knows that they not only have an amazing intellectual ability but also a desire for companionship and the capacity to feel...

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