Parrot Tricks: The Mailbox

So, I finally got Bondi to perform the entire Mailbox Routine on camera. This routine is very advanced in my opinion. Bondi already knew dozens of behaviors and this one became frustrating for her. I literally gave her about 4 months off from doing it before attempting it again and getting real results. See, Bondi is the type of bird that once...
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Are You Spending Enough Time with Your Bird?

Just like people have specific love languages, so do parrots! And we recieve in them all. Sometimes during a little down time you might have, it might be a real treat to enjoy some cuddling time with your birds (or bird). This is a great way to relax with your birds and make a few "deposits" into your bond with your parrot.    Article by Ja...
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Why They Call Toucans Twitchy...

This is my Swainson Toucan, Fiji, in her outdoor aviary. You can see just from her mannerisms how different they move compared to parrots and why they often get named "twitchy".   However, they are beautiful and have the potential to be amazing pets and companions. The above video shows Dave getting Fiji out of her aviary outside and bringi...
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Peanut Butter Faced Parrot

Almost everyone has given their dog peanut butter before, right? Well, my military macaw is probably one of the very few parrots that is not a fan of peanut butter! I made up some saltines with peanut butter on them for myself and Dave decided to give one of my little cracker sandwiches to Cash. It reminded me of seeing a dog (like in the vide...
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My Parrot Family

Location: Orlando, FL My Parrot Family Members: (From left) Military Macaw "Cash", Camelot Macaw "Comet", Blue Throated Macaw "Jinx", Congo African Grey "Cressi", Camelot Macaw "Tusa", Galah "Bandit", Galah "Bondi" Not Pictured: Toucan "Fiji" & Parakeets (toucans eat small birds) I was pretty shocked myself when I was able to get this pho...
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Teaching Parrots to Talk on Cue

I'm a HUGE believer in working with your bird's NATURAL capabilities and habits. For instance, my cockatoo "Bondi" is most talkative in the car above other places. So, since we were on a road trip from Washington to Arizona, I thought I'd use that to my advantage and grabbed my training bag with me up front. Now, she is mostly talkative with D...
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