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Birds For Dummies

Gina Spadafori, Brian L. Speer

ISBN: 978-0-764-55139-0 September 1999 364 Pages


"Filled with the information every bird-owner...needs." Joel Murphy, DVM, ABVP, author of How to Care For Your Pet Bird Praise for Birds for Dummies(r) "Squawk about this! A lighthearted...informative book about the care and maintenance of our fine-feathered friends." - Gary A. Gallerstein, DVM, author of The Complete Bird Owner's Handbook "At last - a book that contains more than just pretty bird pictures. This was fun to read. It is clear, concise, factual, useful, and understandable." -Linda Biggi, owner, Bird Gardens

Full-color guide to pet birds inside!

"You will not be disappointed." Walter Rosskopf, Jr., DVM, Dipl. ABVP Certified in Avian Practice Get the word on birds! From finches and canaries to conures and macaws, this friendly guide describes the species that make the best pets, explains how to select the bird who's best for you, offers tips on bonding with your feathered friend, and provides expert advice on feeding and grooming.

Discover how to: Choose the right bird for your budget and lifestyle Create a bird-friendly environment Minimize noise and mess Keep your bird groomed, fit, and healthy Bond with your bird

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PART I: Which Bird For You?

Chapter 1: Birds and Humans: It's Only Natural!

Chapter 2: Narrowing the Choices.

Chapter 3: A Bird of Your Own.

PART II: Caring for your Bird Properly.

Chapter 4: All the Right Stuff.

Chapter 5: Starting Your Bird Off Right.

Chapter 6: The New Art, Science, and Fun of Feeding Birds Right.

Chapter 7: Beyond Food and Water: Bird Basics.

PART III: Keeping your Bird Healthy.

Chapter 8: How Birds Work: The Short Course.

Chapter 9: A Preventive Care Approach to Your Bird's Health.

Chapter 10: Your Bird in Sickness - and Back to Health.

Chapter 11: Lifelong Care for Your Bird.

PART IV: Living Happily with your Bird.

Chapter 12: Getting to "Good Bird!": Dealing with Behavior Problems.

Chapter 13: Living in a Multiple-Bird Household.

PART V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 14: Ten Bird Myths -

Chapter 15: Ten Steps to a Healthy Bird.

Chapter 16: Ten Questions to Ask When Buying a Bird.

Chapter 17: Ten Must-See Avian Web Sites.

Chapter 18: Ten Best Birds for Beginners.

Chapter 19: Ten Common Dangers to Your Bird's Life.

Chapter 20: Ten Disaster-Planning Tips for Bird-Lovers.

Chapter 21: Ten Classic Bird Jokes (Just the Clean Ones).

Appendix: Additional Resources.