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Parrots with UV light

Why Do Parrots Need UV Light?

UV light is so important to the health and wellbeing of your Parrot. Read on to learn why UVA and UVB light is recommended, how they help and the effects if birds don’t get enough UV light This is why Parrots Need UV Light… During the summer months your Parrot will have been outside more, […]


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Avian vet

Find An Avian Vet

As discussed in Liz Wilson’s article “Choosing an Avian Vet” there are several ways of finding a good avian vet, not least of which is personal recommendation. As we wouldn’t want to miss out good Avian vets we’re not acquainted with, we’ve instead provided a list of vets with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Zoo Medicine […]

Caring for Older Parrots

Caring For Older Parrots

Caring for older Parrots, Dot Schwarz reveals how to care for older Parrots, shares examples of long lived birds and a lot more. One of the best avian vets I know, Alan Jones told me, when we were discussing Parrot longevity that ‘borne out by my experience in 40 years as an avian veterinarian, many African […]

Which Parrot Is Right For Me

Which Parrot is Right for Me?

For everything you need for your Parrot please click here. It should be stated from the outset that no stranger can tell you what kind of Parrot would work out best in your household. Only you can do that. However, in this article I will offer some of insights into various psittacine species, based on my […]

Red-browed Parrot Rescue

Red-browed Parrot Rescue

Rosemary Low gives an update on the Red-browed Parrot and how it was rescued in Brazil. Parrot conservation news from around the world was the subject of my previous blog. I have been asked to continue this theme and I can report on an inspirational story that has received no attention outside Brazil. If you […]

Cockatoo enrichment

Enrichment Or How to Keep Your Parrot Happy

Dot Schwarz explains how to give your Parrot enrichment in her blog.  For loads of enriching toys for your bird please click here.  Toys and enrichment Why make or purchase toys for Parrots? It is sadly not unheard of to see a bird in a small cage get one single perch and maybe one swing or toy. The owner […]

Step up training

How to Teach Your Parrot To Step Up

Dot Schwarz explains how to teach your Parrot to step up. Can any bird learn to step up onto a hand or a stick? I believe that she can. And until your bird has a reliable step up, it is much harder for bird and carer to live harmoniously.     Too many birds are […]

Cockatoo eating

Fresh Foods Your Parrot Will Love

Dot Schwarz explains how to incorporate fresh foods into your Parrot’s diet. How keen are you to incorporate green stuffs into your bird’s feeding regime? Parrot Diet  Live green foods form the major part of a wild Parrots’ diet. They use trees to live in, to nest in, forage fruits and berries from, to hide […]

Cockatoo playing

What’s Your Parrot’s Play Personality?

Use this article to determine your Parrot’s play personality.  This article was originally published by Lafeber in April 2015. Book In the best-selling book, “Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul,” (2009) author Stuart Brown, M.D. validates the importance of play in the lives of both people and animals. “ Play lets […]

Addressing fear

How To Address Fear In Parrots

Here is how to address fear in Parrots.  Example Have you ever been really scared? Perhaps it was a moment when you did not have control. For example as a passenger on a turbulent plane ride, or you realized someone was targeting you to pick your pocket, or you were stuck in a big crowd […]

2016 resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions For Animal Trainers

Barbara Heidenreich has some new year’s resolutions for you.  I had a lot of fun coming up with ideas for last year. Here are ten new resolutions for 2016.  1. Learn a new term.  There really truly is always something new to learn.  You may finally know the difference between negative reinforcement and positive punishment. Perhaps […]

Overcoming fear responses

Overcoming Fear Responses. Two Tools Every Animal Trainer Needs

Barbara Heidenreich has advice on managing fear responses. Positive reinforcement When it comes to animal training you often hear people sing the praises of positive reinforcement. Me too! I love it.   But there are two other tools that I can’t live without, systematic desensitization and classical conditioning. Try saying those three times fast! They […]

Training session

Barbara Heidenreich’s Secrets to An Awesome Training Session

Here is Barbara’s tips for an awesome training session with your Parrot.  I had one of those training sessions the other day. You know the kind, the ones that stay in your mind because you just felt so great afterwards.  This particular training session was at a zoo, one of my regular contracts. When I […]