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The Parrot Wizard's Guide

to Well-Behaved Parrots
By Michael Sazhin

Parrot Wizard Inc.
– New York –

neither the publisher nor writer can take responsibility if information in whole or in part does not work for your parrot. Daniel Sazhin. For more products.com ISBN 978-1-62620-804-9 Printed in the United State of America Cover design and artwork by Jerry Breen 2 . information. and Dr. Consequently. Jeff Rosato. As greater information and experience becomes available. Todd Driggers for their support and feedback and an extra special thanks to James Kemp for his academic insight.ParrotWizard. every parrot is different and it is up to you to make your own handling decisions.While great care has been taken to ensure the accuracy and presentation of the information in this book. With special thanks to Ginger Duplisse. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the author. Please use common sense when applying enclosed advice. The Parrot Wizard's Guide to Well-Behaved Parrots Copyright © 2013 by Parrot Wizard Inc. parrot handling techniques may change. and private consultations: www. Amy Hopkins. All rights reserved.

................ 175 Chapter 9: Socialization ......................................... 137 Chapter 7: Trick Training ...................Table of Contents Foreword (by Ginger Duplisse)...... 55 Chapter 4: Taming & Training ............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 230 Conclusion ............................................................ 14 Chapter 1: Getting a Parrot ...................................................... 206 Chapter 10: Talking ................................................... 279 Appendix B: Useful Products ........................... 19 Chapter 2: Situating the Parrot ......................... 68 Chapter 5: Managing Good Behavior ............................................................................. 289 3 ...... 240 Photos .......................................................................... 45 Chapter 3: Early Interactions ............. 157 Chapter 8: Problem Solving .... 258 Glossary ...................... 272 Appendix A: Further Reading .................................. 13 Introduction .............................................. 284 Index of Photos & Illustrations ........... 287 Index ............... 116 Chapter 6: Flight ......... 238 On Becoming the Parrot Wizard ................................... 10 Preface ..........................................................

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Dedicated to the companion parrots of the world so that with this knowledge owners and parrots may find a mutually fulfilling relationship. 5 .

.................................. 45 Cages .................................... 14 Chapter 1: Getting a Parrot ........................................................... 21 Cost of Owning a Parrot ................... 48 Toys & Perches ..................... 47 Things You Need ....................Detailed Table of Contents Foreword (by Ginger Duplisse) ........................................................... 43 Chapter 2: Situating the Parrot .............. 49 Hazards ........................................................ 26 Parrot Species ................................................................................................................................. 19 Reasons to Get a Parrot ............ 35 Multiple Parrots .. 28 Finding Out More About Species ..................................... 20 Reasons Not to Get a Parrot .......................................................................... 52 6 ................. 50 Bringing the Parrot Home .... 13 Introduction ................. 42 Health ............................. 33 Where to Acquire a Parrot ....................................... 10 Preface ............................................................

............................................. 97 Touch/Grab ......... 116 Step Up to Come Out of Cage ........................................................................ 114 Chapter 5: Managing Good Behavior ................................................................................. 64 Chapter 4: Taming & Training ................................................................................. 133 Out of Cage Time ........................................................................................ 92 Step Up ...................... 61 Sleep . 68 Motivation ................................................................ 88 Target Training ........ 59 Treats ............................................................. 120 Petting ................................. 55 Nutrition & Diet . 122 Shouldering .................... 127 Carrier ................................................ 119 Weighing .................................................................. 118 Putting Parrot Back in Cage .. 124 Potty Training ........................ 74 Food Management .....................................................................Chapter 3: Early Interactions .............. 130 Grooming ........................................ 135 7 ....................................................................................... 76 Clicker Conditioning ..................................................................... 112 Turning on Back ............................... 63 Desensitization ........................ 106 Toweling ........

........................................................... 168 Retrieve Based Tricks ........................................ 164 Cue Based Tricks ................................. 139 Teaching a Parrot to Fly . 152 Chapter 7: Trick Training ................... 191 Hormonal Problems ................................................................ 175 Biting ...................... 206 Introducing Objects ..... 199 Flighted Problems ...... 148 Harness Training .... 220 8 ................................................... 187 Plucking ........................................... 208 Introducing People ......................................... 195 Prevention ............................................................................................................................................ 177 Screaming ......... 212 Going Outside ............................................ 201 Chapter 9: Socialization ............................ 137 Flight Safety ................................ 162 Target Based Tricks ........... 141 Fun With Flight ....................................................... 169 Maintaining Tricks .................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 158 Cues...... 173 Chapter 8: Problem Solving .......................Chapter 6: Flight ......... 157 Basics of Teaching Tricks .........

...................... 238 On Becoming the Parrot Wizard ................ 240 Photos ................ 235 Conclusion ................ 226 Boarding .................................................................................... 279 Appendix B: Useful Products .. 258 Glossary ...................................Taking Trips ............. 230 Encouraging Parrots to Talk ............................................................................... 233 Vocalization Training Devices ................................................................................................. 234 Capturing Phrases ............................. 287 Index .............. 272 Appendix A: Further Reading ......................................... 232 Setting Up Phrases ................ 284 Index of Photos & Illustrations ................ 228 Chapter 10: Talking .......................................................................................................................... 289 9 ......

4 Parrot Wizard's Flowchart to Well-Behaved Parrots. 170 Teaching Fetch. 145 Parrot Showing Off. 157 Teaching Turn Around. Front Cover Well-Behaved Parrot. 16/17 Pet Shop Parrots.” Humans' Worst Nightmare. 101 Picking Up Medium Parrot. 104 How Not to Hold a Parrot. 45 Picky Parrot. 68 Using a Clicker. 166 Teaching Go Through Tube. 144 Landing on Hand. 167 Parrot Fetching. 90 Single Handed Targeting. Trick Training”. 137 Teaching a Parrot to Fly With Training Perches. 103 Approaching Hand for Step-Up.Index of Photos & Illustrations The Parrot Wizard's Guide. 172 10 . 114 “Crate Training. 111 Turning Parrot on Back. 55 “Parrot. 19 Escaped Parrot Enjoying the House. 102 Picking Up Large Parrot. 98 Picking Up Small Parrot.” 116 “Flight. 142 Flight Recall Technique.

262 Towel Training a Parrot. 260 Target Training Parrot in the Cage. 264 Cape Parrot Flying in the House. 265 Flight Training – Perch to Perch. 271 Devil and Angel Parrots. 266 Flight Training – Big Step. 258 Grabbing Parrot Out of Carrier First Time. 230 Author With His Parrots. 264 Cape Parrot Landing. 261 Target Training on Training Perch. 173 “Parrot. Problem Solving. 262 Grabbing Parrot Out of Cage. 263 Senegal Parrot Landing. 266 Flight Training – Short Flight. 267 Senegal Parrot Waves. 269 Holding Cape Parrot on His Back. 270 Putting Harness on Cape Parrot. 268 Senegal Parrot Fetches. Back Cover 11 . 269 Parrots Enjoy Pumpkin Carving on Halloween. 267 Cape Parrot Fetches. 259 Cape Parrot Chewing Clothes Pin. 263 Cape Parrot Flying. 265 Senegal and Cape Parrot. 206 Parrot Teaching Human to Talk. 268 Cape Parrot Shows Wings. 270 Parrots Harnessed and Secured.” 175 Parrot Getting Human Out of the House. 261 Targeting Parrot Onto Finger. 259 Single Handed Target Stick Photo.Teaching Basketball. 260 Target Onto Handheld Perch.

170. 42. 61-62. 198 boarding 130. 28. 215-217. 133. 199. 174. 151. 30-31. 197 hormonal 184. 186. 286 selecting 27. 209. 103-107. 66. 272 learned 14-15. 195-204. 248 time 117. 63-67. 170 Amazon 29. 244. 252 bridge 88-89. 179-180. 26. 69-97. 35. 169. 214. 138. 128-129. 227. 102. 123-125. 176. 39-40. 218. 214. 74. 243-244. 73-82. 49. 233. 272-281 biting 177-187. 20. 231. 52-54. 183. 135-136. 220. 107-108. 117. 224. 33. 241. 181-182. 79-80. 207. 26-27. 238. 218. 242. 56. 32. 204. 57-60. 241. 126. 208. 238. 106-113. 73. 52. 254 putting parrot into/out of 11. 211. 96-97. 248. 166. 228-229. 179-181. 193. 204. 276 behavior 10. 110. 188-189 12 . 22-23. 184-185. 180. 76. 177-179.Index African grey 29-30. 231. 50. 90-95. 212-213. 170 basketball 169. 162. 12. 246-247 cage 22. 272-273 budgerigar 12. 15. 132. 24-25. 170. 30. 202. 273 fear 24. 195-197. 118-121. 101. 225 jealous 24. 272 displaced 127. 32. 185-187. 14. 158-162. 46-49. 190-191. 228-229 boomerang 149-150 breeder 34-40. 146. 246. 172-173. 115-138. 184. 32. 201-202. 62-64. 200. 178-179 excitement 182-183. 99. 103-105. 275 possessive 179-181 territorial 32. 119. 201.

104. 255. 257. 77. 88. 216. 188. 41-42. 129. 191. 164-165. 38-39. 154. 92. 50. 177. 80. 82. 119. 168. 99. 146. 209. 177. 152. 235-237 carrier 26-27. 136. 207. 136. 194. 255 cost 22. 112. 176. 20. 50. 95. 272 conditioning 88-92. 222. 273 diet 11. 240-241. 274 clicker device 88-94. 59-61. 130-132. 77-78. 247-248. 194. 211. 273 extinction 74. 188. 201-202. 115. 52-54. 64-67. 102. 18. 148. 155. 117. 15. 191. 25. 31. 129. 159. 104-105. 273 clipping wings 23. 243-244 cockatoo 29-30. 191. 99. 18. 180. 60. 25. 131-135. 26. 244 conure 29. 191. 32 capturing 159. 41-42. 252. 245. 176-180. 182. 245. 99. 201. 169-174. 136. 26-28. 138-139. 42. 64-67. 150. 154. 174.caique 30. 236. 272 concept 88-96. 72. 161-171. 78. 247-248. 177-179. 227-228. 13-15. 167-169. 62. 158. 48. 242-243. 28-30. 138. 18. 158-159. 146. 82. 63. 184. 150. 176. 38. 250. 228. 129. 114. 131. 278 cookware 27. 58. 275 fetch 148. 69. 232. 186. 236-237. 272-273. 227. 137-156. 144. 251-253. 150-151. 213. 229 exercise 11. 107. 40. 273 fear 57-58. 36. 73. 251. 225. 136. 140. 142. 97. 76. 201-205 safety 39. 273 cockatiel 11. 184. 128. 134. 80. 207. 135-136. 273 eye pinning 182. 51 cue 96. 69. 91. 77. 108. 214. 73. 144. 126. 138-142. 158-159. 170. 93. 238. 32. 102. 154. 237. 13 . 221-225. 165. 108. 209. 276 flight 11. 135 companionship 5. 89-90. 248. 171. 273 boomerang 149-150 problems 26. 256 claws 133-135. 118. 173. 146. 231-233. 243. 31-32. 184. 255. 131. 170. 183. 23. 112. 236-237 desensitization 59.

255 parrot passim parrotlet 29. 61. 82-83. 223-227 food 22. 111. 60-61. 145. 155. 187. 70-88. 126. 183. 277 parakeet 22. 278 harness 26-27. 140. 203. 67. 275 nutrition 15. 217-218. 74-76. 61-63. 253. 174. 78-79. 140. 254. 152-156. 238. 80 macaw 12. 274 biting 184. 170. 251. 118-122. 223. 82-83. 112. 126. 133-135. 274. 172. 47. 117-120. 33. 221-226. 183. 203. 196. 229. 147. 274. 191. 168. 31. 190. 274 grab 14. 145. 188. 73-75. 31. 222. 141-156. 274 scheduling 79. 286 hazard 47. 85-87. 27-28. 52-53. 160. 132. 151. 272. 120-122. 194-198. 125. 150. 190-191. 92. 195. 255 pellets 38. 18. 110. 120. 88. 245. 275 nipping 125. 242-243. 229. 274 lovebird 29. 218. 138. 257. 251 grooming 14. 72. 219-229. 57. 59. 160-161. 50-51. 152-156. 183 training 106. 75. 59-61. 29-30. 174. 250-251. 238. 96. 22. 138. 227 health 11-12. 28. 83. 62. 132-134. 232. 79-80. 130. 200-201. 88. 38. 207. 129-130. 184. 151. 48. 43-44. 207. 99. 278 management 18. 78. 244. 274-275 negative punishment 71. 140. 82. 184. 95. 53-54. 82-83. 150. 136. 278 hoop 148-149 hormonal behavior 18. 134. 206. 129. 131. 80. 86-88. 196 outside/outdoors 14. 256. 274. 209. 130. 249. 149. 233.138-140. 59-63. 138. 245. 229. 255 motivation 18. 69. 275. 198. 48. 97. 249. 106-115. 29. 194-198. 18. 253-254. 286 14 . 66. 251. 136. 198. 221. 275 reinforcement 71. 229. 86. 194. 14-15. 25. 250-251. 81-84. 135. 136. 196. 252.

113. 251. 249-277 sleep 18. 37. 112. 217. 73-75. 48-49. 181. 275 reinforcement 71. 242-244. 73. 32-33. 29. 275 negative 71. 97. 251. 253. 275 poicephalus 29. 209. 276. 276. 155. 278 potty training 14. 256. 88. 170 Amazon 29. 169-174. 99-110. 246-247. 276 price 22. 276 prevention 182. 150. 24-25. 26-28. 204. 284-285 petting 14. 248. 254. 275 plucking 22. 224-225. 242. 127-130. 29. 196. 117. 233. 231. 238. 73-75. 123. 249. 217. 32.perch 14. 247-248. 276 screaming 14. 238. 278 rescue 11-12. 225-226. 200-201. 249. 117. 91. 242 punishment positive 71. 142-144. 167. 275 rehome reinforcement negative 71. 242. 138. 115. 128-129. 158-159. 40. 185. 275 positive 71. 204. 233-234. 213. 176-177. 216. 177. 95. 165. 18. 53. 31-32 positive punishment 71. 200-201. 109. 35. 71. 71-72. 191-194. 146-147. 178-179. 40-42. 276. 23. 63-64. 40. 182-183. 117. 199-202. 37. 212. 31-32. 184. 26-27. 253. 200-201. 97. 283 shouldering 124-126. 152. 180-181. 128. 170. 46. 73. 34-36. 253. 112. 46. 257. 216. 170 15 . 197. 22. 32. 231. 277 Senegal parrot 11. 253. 242. 176-177. 33. 206-229. 122-124. 185. 155. 73-75. 121. 184. 226. 88. 237-238. 31. 247. 84. 32. 158. 150. 56. 93. 158. 132. 97. 251. 179. 170. 136. 231 socialization 10. 138. 233. 247. 25. 29. 112. 80. 283 retrieve 148. 184. 213. 72. 254-255. 29. 187-191. 140. 215. 277 species African grey 29-30. 191.

141-156. 180-181. 97-106. 251. 119. 164-168 touch 67. 183. 20. 48-50. 29. 29-33. 26-27. 154-155. 66. 274 toweling 53. 148. 238. 64. 117. 31. 255 poicephalus 29. 138. 198-199. 60. 170. 154-155. 89-90. 23. 240-244. 96-97. 79-80. 134. 25. 105-106. 143-144. 170. 27. 170. 134. 257. 242-244. 114. 58. 72. 238. 255 parrotlet 29. 241. 134. 209. 31-32. 82. 153. 148-151. 229. 131. 191. 245. 76-77. 31-32. 16 . 209. 33. 184. 168-169. 115. 29-30. 172. 29. 62. 96. 61-62. 184. 52-53. 246-247 caique 30. 277 training 11. 218. 193. 75. 277 target stick 92-106. 186. 244. 162. 68-69. 247 talking 14. 118. 203-204. 247. 133-135. 62. 108-109. 107. 126. 113. 198. 215. 110. 112-113. 277 tricks 158-160. 242. 92-106. 146. 179-181. 112. 241. 219. 274 taming 25. 79-80. 223. 209. 106-108. 162. 34-38. 243-244 cockatoo 29-30. 112. 31-32 Senegal parrot 11. 80 macaw 12. 112. 80. 75. 197. 69. 278 talon 133 . 189. 245. 242-243. 199. 118-120. 122. 236. 28-30. 137. 153. 240-241. 32. 274. 257. 246-247. 168. 255 parakeet 22. 187. 200-201. 160. 135 conure 29. 255 training flight 106. 230-238.135. 178. 74-75. 32 cockatiel 11. 47-48. 132. 198. 112. 278 toy 18.budgerigar 12. 22. 225. 93. 277 store 21. 170. 106-111. 40. 31. 211. 201. 198. 170. 110. 238. 33. 136. 30-31. 139. 174. 142-144. 22. 223-227 tricks 10. 99. 255 lovebird 29. 214-217. 174. 56. 108. 146-147. 188-189. 158-160. 126. 283 step up 15. 71-72. 242-243. 41. 26-27. 171.

182. 187-188. 158-160. 251-253. 251. 193-194. 74-75. 251-252 veterinarian 14-15. 184. 42. 78. 164. 96-97. 225. 134. 241. 133. 182. 198. 241. 215-218. 43-44. 209. 193-194. 154-155. 278 wave 161. 79. 276 boomerang 149-150 go through tube 161. 191. 241. 211. 89-96. 193-194. 63. 200-201. 149-150. 195. 60-61. 74-75. 70. 244-248. 83. 115. 99-101. 86. 187-188. 140-141. 164-167. 48-49. 231. 256-257. 255. 275. 278 17 . 199-201. 130. 190. 115. 75. 191. 28. 194. 231. 79-82. 203. 216-217. 276-278 treat 48. 190. 187. 251. 82. 208.157-174. 164. 163. 91. 157-174. 253. 256 tube 161. 184. 146-147. 168. 126. 122. 190. 193. 245. 253. 28. 218. 244 wave 161. 189-191. 36. 174. 73. 164-167. 244 variable ratio reinforcement 174. 163. 276-278 basketball 169. 276-278 tricks 10. 168 turn around 161. 120-122 well-behaved 13-15. 207-208. 222. 26. 168. 278 vocalization 14. 168 nod 168 shake 168-169. 184. 225. 168. 71. 244 weight 77-79 management 79. 174. 229. 129. 26. 244-248. 216-217. 211. 66-67. 61-63. 272-273. 237-239. 180-181. 244 slide 164. 148-151. 255. 117-122. 61. 211-212. 105-106. 172-173. 232-233. 187. 278 weighing 84-85. 126. 82-88. 199-201. 244 wings 168 trip 226-228. 230-237. 191. 21. 247 turn around 161. 168. 225. 108. 236-237.