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How to tell if my bird is sick?

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In the wild, displaying any sign of illness is not beneficial to a bird.  It is instinctual very important, as a matter of survival, for a bird to disguise sickness.  Often, a flock will abandon or drive off a sick bird.  Birds that appear weak or ill become easy targets.   Unfortunately, the instinct to hide illness also carries over to pet birds and once we notice any sign of illness it usually indicates they have already been sick for some time. Close and careful observation of your bird's behavior, eating habits, physical appearance and droppings will all provide clues and...

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Why does my bird bite?

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Parrots rarely bite in the wild and when they do, it is usually for defensive reasons.  A parrot's first instinct is to flee confrontation except when it comes to territorial issues related to guarding a nest.  Aggression in the wild is often expressed through body language and loud vocalizations.   Parrot bites are undoubtedly emotionally and physically painful to humans.  As hard as it is for us, we just shouldn't take it personally.   Armed with the power of observation and knowledge of a bird's body language, most bites can be avoided. If we are bitten, it is usually our own...

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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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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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