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Parrot Responds Well to “Training Video”

Just have to share a funny anecdote. I’ve been trying to take videos of Stewie during our training session. Recently I had to laugh so hard when I was going through, editing a clip, and Stewie — who’s sitting on my arm — starts doing tricks in response to the cues he hears in the…

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Establishing Dominance Over Your Parrot?

I often hear it said that a lot of parrot behavior problems stem from the bird thinking it is “dominant” to the humans, and that the way to control the parrot is to reestablish the person’s flock leader position. But research has shown that not only is it not important to establish “dominance” with birds,…

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Small Clicker Training Props for Birds

This is the bird prop I got for Stewie from Nature’s Chest — it’s intended to teach him color discrimination. Unfortunately it’s too small. He doesn’t have the dexterity to get the rings onto the peg.I’m going to try to teach him pull the rings off the peg instead and give them to me. He…

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Just How Smart Are Cockatoos? Check It Out!

This cockatoo’s puzzle solving skills are really impressive. Doesn’t she look like she’s having fun? Just another example of children’s developmental toys making good (large) bird toys too. (Imagine having to keep a toddler entertained and healthy … that’s at least how much work a cockatoo takes too!)

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Cockatiel Playing Connect Four

I love this video! It’s of a cockatiel (which is about the same size as a sun conure) playing Connect Four (that four-in-a-row tic tac toe game that you play vertically). How adorable is this: This looks like it was taught via clicker training. I’m going to buy one of these travel size Connect Four…

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Good Vacuum Cleaner for Birds

Update: I gave up. With two birds, who didn’t live in a dedicated bird room, the Roomba didn’t stand a chance. The 1.5 gallon Shop-Vac is my MVP when it comes to trying to control the seeds, dander, toy parts, etc that inevitable scatter across the floor 24/7. Best vacuum cleaner for my birds’ mess:…

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