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Manual of Parrot Behavior

Andrew Luescher (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-34435-4
352 pages
January 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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This authoritative reference, the first of its kind, is a necessary addition to the library of any practitioner or behaviorist who sees avain companion animals. Because of their beauty, intelligence, playfulness and ability in mimicry, parrots are the most widely kept companion birds. It is estimated that more than half of the psittacine cases presented to clinicians are the result of behavioral problems-problems inherent to captivity.

Bringing together a host of international experts on avian behavior, Manual of Parrot Behavior explores the many facets of psittacine behavior, both normal and abnormal. The book not only provides readers with a solid understanding of the basic principles of psittacine behavior but also offers useful techniques of diagnosis and treatment for specific problems.


  • Covers both normal and abnormal parrot behavior

  • Offers practical techniques on diagnosis and treatment of behavior problems

  • Written by a team of international experts on avian behavior

  • A necessary addition to the library of any practitioner of behaviorist who sees avian companion animals
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1. The Classification and the Status of Wild Populations of Parrots.

2. Behavior of Wild Amazona and Rhynchopsitta Parrots with Comparative Insights from other Psittacines.

3. Parrot Conservation, Trade and Reintroduction.

4. Sensory Capacities of Parrots.

5. Social Behavior of Psittacine Birds.

6. Captive parrot nutrition: interactions with anatomy, physiology, and behavior.

7. Comfort Behavior and Sleep.

8. Parrot Reproductive Behavior, or Who Associates, Who Mates, and Who Cares 9. Nest Box Preferences.

10. Hand-rearing: behavioral impacts and implications for captive parrot welfare.

11. Behavioral Development of Psittacine Companions: Neonates, Neophytes and Fledglings.

12. Handler Attitude and Chick Development.

13. Grey Parrot Cognition and Communication.

14. How Parrots Learn.

15. Behavior Classes in the Veterinary Hospital: Preventing Problems Before They Start.

16. Clinical Evaluation of Psittacine Behavioral Disorders.

17. Diagnostic Workup of Suspected Behavioral Problems.

18. Feeding–Related Problems.

19. Aggressive Behavior in Pet Birds.

20. Parrot Vocalization.

21. Parrots and Fear.

22. Problem Sexual Behaviors of Companion Parrots.

23. Mate Trauma.

24. Feather Picking Disorder in Pet Birds.

25. Psittacine Behavioral Pharmacotherapy.

26. Behavior of Captive Psittacids in the Breeding Aviary.

27. Housing and Management Considerations for Problem Prevention.

28. Captive Parrot Welfare

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Andrew Luescher, DVM, PhD is Director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Purdue University. He established the Animal Behavior Clinic in 1997 and is certified as an applied animal behaviorist by the Animal Behavior Society and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. He has been treating companion animals with behavioral problems for more than 15 years
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  • Brings together a host of international experts on avian behavior
  • Explores the many facets of psittacine behavior, both normal and abnormal
  • Offers useful techniques of diagnosis and treatment for clinicians who see birds in practice
  • Species covered include Macaws, Amazon Parrots, African Grey Parrots, Cockatiels, Budgerigars and Cockatoos.
  • This authoritative reference, the first of its kind, is a necessary addition to the library of any practitioner who sees avian companion animals.
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