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Recommended reading for loving parrot owners

Post by InTheAir » Sun Jul 13, 2014 3:10 am

*Huge Edit*

So, this is a great big topic and I have decided I don't have time to explain what every article is about, so I'm just going to link the best websites for extending ones knowledge. If you want to add your favourite articles or sites please post them below and I will add them to this post. I will only add quality links that aid people in understanding parrots, no tricks or wizards that rely on coercion or weight management, as I don't feel that those type of methods improve the quality of life for the birds or owners.


Barbara Heidenrich is amazing, she has a lot of great dvds on training and handling too.
http://www.goodbirdinc.com
She has also written a blog on "bluffing" http://goodbirdinc.blogspot.com.au/2015 ... f.html?m=1

Dr Friedman helps you understand the dynamics of behaviour and how to effect change. There are a great set of tools on this site!
http://www.behaviorworks.org/htm/articl ... hange.html

Greg Glendell
http://www.greg-parrots.co.uk/articles.php

IAATE has a compaion parrot section!!!
http://www.iaate.org/index.php?option=c ... &Itemid=87

Kris Porters amazing parrot enrichment site
http://www.parrotenrichment.com/

Learning Parrots is a personal favourite for me, I followed Hillary's blog on working with a fearful parrot to make friends with my aviary raised bird and I was astounded by the results
http://learningparrots.com/

Natural Encounters, I really can't rave about Steve and his crew enough! Seriously, if these guys can free fly a whole lot of birds successfully, we can learn a lot about how to facilitate appropriate behaviour in a house from this lot.
http://www.naturalencounters.com/pressRoom.html

Missk on how to use the search function on this forum, try it it just may have the answers!
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=17649

Melika on what foods are safe to feed your parrot:
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=8078

Pamela Clark has worked with pet birds for years and is very focused on diet and environmental conditions. She specialises in working with birds that exhibit feather destructive behaviour, so her articles are the first port of call (while waiting for your avian vets opinion) for anyone who's bird is showing signs of this.
http://www.pamelaclarkonline.com/

Sid Price; I'm sure you will find more from him through the IAATE page, but here's a link to his blog http://avianambassadors.com/BirdTraining/

Are you building a healthy relationship with your parrot? A really important point to consider when you are interacting or touching your bird is "am I sending him/her the right messages or am I flirting in parrot language?"
http://www.rationalparrot.com/tease.html

Great video guide on Positive Reinforcement and choices http://youtu.be/QQ2MpmxUgSA




A useful guide to colour mutations
http://home.online.nl/psittaculaworld/M ... rameri.htm

That is all I can think of off the top of my head, and that is a good introduction to basic parrot care I think.
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Re: Recommended reading for loving parrot owners

Post by MissK » Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:36 am

As noted above, I really like this idea. A well-considered Sticky containing no chatter but all the truly helpful links we can list and categorize would take this Forum resource to a new level. It would also save some of us from reposting their favourite link all over the Forum for many different questioners.

When I read the Forum and follow links I am a little frustrated when I click the same link I read before over and over. The information is still valid and great, but I've been there already. I think, for instance, that others may see a link I posted and NOT click on it because they suspect it's just that same link to Feeding Companion Parrots that I already posted six times before.

I also feel that certain threads in which a person has come with a question and many people have contributed over the course of the problem would be a good read for those with the same problem. I tried to address this when I made the instructional post on how to use SEARCH. That is one beauty of the Forum, that we can look at all the posts from earlier days and glean our answers from them. But some find this hard to do or are unwilling to sift through all the posts made. Maybe they feel they don't have time for that research. Links to *quality* informative posts of that nature would, I feel, deserve a spot in InTheAir's links thread.

I also feel that a brief (20 words or less) identifying intro to each link would be very helpful. Strings of letters and numbers really bear a remarkable similarity to each other. :wink:
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Re: Recommended reading for loving parrot owners

Post by InTheAir » Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:22 am

Ok, now all I have to do is whittle through the hundreds of papers, articles and websites I've read so far and write a quick intro to each and list it under the appropriate heading. I'm fing mad!
Do you think anyone will even read them?
Is anyone else on board? I have read quite a lot on a few different topics, like diet, that I seem quite incapable of even remembering where I read it, let alone the content! I can remember the author of almost every single behaviour or training article that I have found to have good advice... Memory is a strange thing!
Can others input their favourite articles and stuff too?

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Re: Recommended reading for loving parrot owners

Post by Donovan » Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:55 am

It'll be read as long as it doesn't disappear into some deep corner of forum somewhere

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Re: Recommended reading for loving parrot owners

Post by MissK » Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:24 am

I'll read it - is that enough?
To be absolutely honest, my time for surfing the net is at a minimum. Everybody has this issue. I know I'm not alone there! Point is, I don't see me contributing in a fast and furious way. But I think this is great, and if it evolves over time, that's fine.
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Re: Recommended reading for loving parrot owners

Post by MissK » Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:38 pm

In the spirit of helpfulness, here's the link you just posted to the site with mutation photos
http://home.online.nl/psittaculaworld/M ... rameri.htm
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Re: Recommended reading for loving parrot owners

Post by GeveZe » Mon Jul 21, 2014 3:08 am

Thank you for this thread. It's so important to me. I read every articles. I wanna learn so much about ringnecks and parrots. In my country, pet ringnecks condition is so bad. People are ignorant about ringnecks. And there isn't articles in my language about ringnecks. So IRNs rehomed home to home. I'm so sorry about it. And I want to write about ringnecks so people can learn how special they are. You guys should help me with this. I'm just a newbie. Surely I can search myself but I don't trust everything written on the internet. You are experienced so I can trust you.

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Re: Recommended reading for loving parrot owners

Post by InTheAir » Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:50 am

*bump* first post edited :)

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Re: Recommended reading for loving parrot owners

Post by Melika » Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:12 am

I can see this being a locked sticky in the "Introduce Yourself" subforum. I'm sure a mod could unlock it to allow you to edit when needed.

Categories would be great, starting with "Getting started on the forum" and then probably those similar to the subforum titles (Diet, Behavior, etc.).


Some additional links I like:
How to post photos: viewtopic.php?f=4&t=15060
Hand feeding and weaning: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=799


While this won't end the need to post the links at times in answer to questions, it might help- and will give us a quick source of the links when we need to post them!
MissK wrote:When I read the Forum and follow links I am a little frustrated when I click the same link I read before over and over. The information is still valid and great, but I've been there already. I think, for instance, that others may see a link I posted and NOT click on it because they suspect it's just that same link to Feeding Companion Parrots that I already posted six times before.
I don't think anyone avoids clicking the links in your posts, MissK, because you normally say what the link is about. :)
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