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Learn How We Addressed a Tough Behavior Problem

Learn How We Addressed a Tough Behavior Problem

Crocs I hope you are listening because I have a story for you. Those of you who have been following my blogs on training Sirocco the very rare and endangered kakapo may recall he has a little behavior problem. Male kakapo are very unique parrots. They double in size in preparation for breeding season. They climb mountains and build bowls in the ground. They sit in these bowls and "boom" for females eight hours every night for three months. They hope their exquisite vocalizations will draw in females for a midnight rendezvous.


Bird painting

How do you get a parrot to paint?

In the zoo world we often train animals to paint to raise money for conservation efforts. At one zoo where I consult the gorillas actually choose their own colors of paint by pointing at the ones they want. I must admit I do pick the colors for Blu Lu, but where the paint will go is all up to her.

Link to Radio Interview on Parrot Training

I was recently on the Tom Anderson Radio Show on KOAN in Anchorage, Alaska. There is no link to the archived show on their website. However Tom was kind enough to send me the audio so I can share it with you! I answered quite a few questions on parrot behavior problems. I have posted the audio on my blog.

Here is the link.


Bird Trainer on the Radio May 17th

I realize this is short notice, but I just found out I will be on the Tom Anderson show on Fox News 1020 KOAN radio in Alaska tomorrow evening (May, 17th)

If you don't live in Alaska, no problem you can listen in via their website. Here is the link

The show starts at 5 PM in Anchorage, Alaska.

To find out what time that would be in your time zone just visit this link


How important is your pet to you?

I recently received an email from a young man who attended one of my workshops in Australia. He is also a college student who is studying the relationship between people and their pets. According to him so far there is a lot of research showing that pet (dog) ownership has many psychological benefits. He believes there is anecdotal evidence that bird owners get many of the same psychological benefits from their relationships with parrots. However he is hoping to collect data to support his observations. In order to do this, he has developed a survey to collect information for his thesis on this subject matter.


Hands On training

The feedback I often receive from people who attend my parrot behavior and training workshops is that there is nothing like seeing a parrot being trained in front you. I must admit it is one of my favorite parts of the seminars too. Everytime I train a bird I have never met, I learn something too. Here is a story about an enchanting umbrella cockatoo I was fortunate to meet. ( )


Beginners Parrot Training- Free and Important!!


I just wanted to send a quick note let you know about a great new resource that just came out. If you are new to parrots or thinking about acquiring one it is a must see. Best of all it is a free resource. This 20 minute video called Bringing Birdie Home can be found at this link.


Latest Issue of Good Bird Magazine is Available

The latest issue of Good Bird Magazine is now available. It is packed with information on training, enrichment, behavior problem resolution, success stories and more. Here are a few of the article titles.

Identify the Parrot Call
What Wild Parrots Teach Us
How to Chain a Series of Behaviors
A Priceless Parrot Teaches a Man to Talk
Why Do People Give Up Parrots? - Survey Results
Parrot Profiles - Budgies, Conures, Eclectus, Caiques
Training an African Grey Parrot to Use a Hanging Gym

To view the current issue click on this link (


Parrot Relinquishment Survey


I thought I would pass this on to you. The Kaytee Avian Foundation is gathering information to help parrots live long and happy lives in our homes. If you or someone you know is involved in parrot rescue or adoption, please visit/share this link to an important survey below. Facilities that participate in the survey are eligible to win $1500 (retail value) in products to help them provide the best for the birds in their care. See below for more information and the link to the survey.


Dear Avian Enthusiast


Stories about your birds

I recently sent out a survey about talking parrots and all I can say is "Wow! What a response." There were tons of people who participated. Thanks! My hope is to put those responses together into some useful resources to share with parrot owners, especially those interested in talking parrots.

Instant Help for a Lost Parrot


One of the very cool new features I have added to "Get Your Bird Back" is immediate help. I realize some folks may have lost a parrot and not have the video in hand. If they were to buy the video in most cases they would have to wait a week before it would arrive in the mail.

To get around this dilemma, I have made it so that whenever you buy Get Your Bird Back, an email is sent immediately with useful resources. In the email is a link to download a two minute video clip from the DVD. This clip tells you what to do in those first moments after your bird flies away.

It Happened to me

Believe it or not, I once had my own parrot (Tarah, my blue fronted amazon) fly out a door. I NEVER thought it would happen to me. He rarely flies and I had always been so careful. Fortunately I was able to get my bird back right away.


"Webinar" Education


One of the exciting things I get to do is travel around the world teaching parrot behavior and training workshops. The best part of this is the opportunity to meet parrot people and their birds face to face. You never fail to have a good time when you get a group of people together with a common interest.