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When an Older Parrot Has Never Learned Skilful Flight – Complete Psittacine by Eb Cravens
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Scarlet Macaws – were they really bred by indigenous people in the 12th century? Rosemary Low asks the question
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Understanding the link between nutrition, hormonal behaviours and the avian endocrine system, Part 1 – The Holistic Parrot by Leslie Moran
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The Yellow-eared Parrot – continues to expand its range in Colombia. By David Waugh, Correspondent, Loro Parque Fundación
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Does Labeling Negative Behaviors Reinforce These Patterns?

Parrots 151 - August 2010

The Holistic Parrot by Leslie Moran

Words have meaning. They convey specific ideas and concepts that express a positive, a negative or a neutral emotional state. In my work for improving behaviors, including healing feather destruction, I instruct my clients to talk with their parrots as if they were speaking with a small child. Focus upon the desired behavior, use a calm and respectful tone of voice, select words that visually describe the behavior or action you want to elicit.

For example, if a parrot is excited and screaming loudly encourage them to, ‘Talk nice’. Use a lyrical voice while saying the ‘nice’ words you want them to speak. ‘Hello pretty bird, give me kiss’. When this situation develops with my two Blue and Gold Macaws, I focus on the desired behavior, I expect this behavior and I engage them in a manner that purposefully redirects them towards the desired behavior.

Researchers observing children during behavior studies, have noted that expectations do influence a child’s response and behavior. We will discuss the correlation between children and parrots.

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