Socializing: The One Person Bird

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, Florida Pals: Military Macaw "Cash" Meet Cash, our 2 year old military macaw (male). When we got Cash, we got two other macaws at the same time; Jersey and Chayko (female and male, sister and brother, blue and gold macaws). Because there were three birds, Dave and I split the bill. I mainly worked with Cha...
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Freeflight: 3 Year Old Properly Fledged Cockatoo

  Photo by Dave Location: Orlando, Florida Flying: Galah "Bondi"  Bondi is a rose breasted cockatoo also commonly known as a galah in Australia. She is three years old and was bought from her breeder fully flighted and was properly fledged by Dave Womach and I using target training. She is not only an avid flyer but a very skilled flyer. Dave u...
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Taking Your Bird on Walks

 Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, Florida Pictured: Military Macaw "Cash"   Almost every night around 5-6pm, Dave and I have been taking our military macaw, Cash, on walks. There is a gas station about a half mile or more down the road and a sidewalk leading all the way to it. We walk to the gas station and back; stopping in between to ...
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Earning Trust for Behaviors: Bird on Back

Photo by Dave Location: Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands Hugging: Blue and Gold Macaw "Chayko" Earning your bird's trust can be hard depending on your bird's situation. One of my favorite behaviors to train is based on trust and that is getting your parrot to lay on its back; whether it's on a hard surface or in your arms. It's important to g...
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Sharing Secrets

I don't know about your feathered friends, but mine tell me their deepest darkest secrets. 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 ...
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When Birds Preen You

I've always liked it when other people would play with my hair or do it for me. But it's really something else when your bird starts preening your hair for you! My parrots will do it every so often. Cressi dislikes hair, it just bothers and irritates her. Bondi, however, will make sure to fix it if she sees it and my toucan, Fiji, loves preening...
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