Parrot Trick Training Tips & Mistakes


I was working on training my African Grey, Cressi, how to do the "retrieve" by picking up a nickel and dropping it into a dish. Well, Dave was watching over my shoulder and eventually said, "You're rewarding her right now." I was just standing there after Cressi hadn't done what I wanted her to do with the nickel. She missed the dish. I was rewarding her? How?!   "Let me show you..." Dave said. And the video above says the rest.

Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.

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Dear Dave & Jamieleigh, I have a galah cockatoo and an African grey. I would really like to know how to tame them. It is hard to tame 2 birds at the same time. We got them 4 days ago and whenever I leave the galah’s cage door open and place food on my hand and slowly put my hand in the cage and leave it there, my galah gets kind of scared. I would like to know how to get her to perch on my hand and how to get her to trust me almost 100%. She is 3 months old and already knows how to perch and doesn’t do hand feeding anymore. Please let me know what to do to get my galah out of her cage without making her scared. Ps: outside the cage, she lets me give her head scratches but when I slowly try to give her scratches inside the cage, she just starts moving around the cage. She doesn’t fly around or scream, she just moves rly quick. I know you guys are experts, that’s why I’m contacting you! Thank you so much


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