Outdoors: A Great Desensitizer

     Photos by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, Florida In Flight: Military Macaw "Cash"  My military macaw, Cash, is 3 years old. He should be flying as well as my other birds (Cressi, Bondi, Bandit) but he does not and is not. His breeder who was in New York claimed he was properly fledged as a young macaw. We got him at 6 months old. His wings...
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Rose Breasted Cockatoos as Pets

Photo by Hideo Honda Location: Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands Who: Galah "Bondi" I am constantly recommending these birds as pets to people who have their eyes SET on a cockatoo (FYI: I never recommend cockatoos as pets to anyone, but if you are so set on one you have to have it, this is the only one I'd tell someone to get of the cockatoo fa...
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One Bird or Two?

Most people, when buying their first bird, think to get a second one so the first doesn’t get lonely. But then they fall into the groove of, “My bird doesn’t want anything to do with me” and that’s because you got it a friend. This friend goes through it all with them, and he trusts his birdie companion over you. If you just want your bird for l...
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Night Frights

Cockatiels are probably the most commonly known for having the worst cases of night frights among parrots. Usually, night frights occur for mainly the smaller birds but I have heard of a few cases of it happening for larger birds as well; including my own. I've had one bird fall off a perch during the night or begin having their own night terror...
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Behavior Shaping

My favorite type of training is behavior shaping. It can also be the hardest because it requires finding a natural behavior your bird already does and having a clicker on hand to let the bird know it's a good thing to continue to do for a reward. I trained my galah, Bondi, (featured in the video above with Dave Womach) to do what is called "Th...
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