behavior shaping


Peaches, our handicapped cockatoo

This article at by Phoebe Greene Linden, SBBF, California, and S.G. Friedman, Ph.D., Utah State University, is an excellent example of applying science to understand a parrot’s behavior. It shows how we can unknowingly teach a bird to behave in certain ways, some of which we enjoy and others no so much. Since repetitive screaming and aggressive biting are not in a wild parrot’s “bag of behaviors” it follows that they must learn it from us humans.

When we learn how to observe, identify, and shape parrot behaviors it helps to make both humans and birds happier!


Understanding Parrot Behavior | Beauty Of Birds


Cry Baby — A parrot perfectly imitates a baby crying? Why? How can we prevent it?

[Much of this article is written tongue-in-cheek. Nonetheless, I think the gist of the advice is good. It follows behavioral science and guidelines but staggers around a bit like Dean Martin on a bender.] A parrot perfectly imitates a baby crying. It makes you wonder, doesn’t it? Why would a […]

This video is about the ABC’s of behavior. It’s a good introduction to one of the tools that professional trainers use when working with parrots. It applies to every living organism, not just people and parrots. Learn more about Applied Behavior Analysis and not only will your parrot be happier and behaving “better” you willIMG_2029 find that it works on your friends and family, too.



Flying free? What a strange idea! That’s like humans or dogs running, or a workout in the gym, or doing something completely natural! How odd!

Doesn’t it look like fun? Yes, its understandable that people worry about free flight. But parrots are as intelligent as a five-year-old child and they know who provides the treats and they know where their home is. They can be trained to come back: recall training.

You should learn from a practiced trainer how to do this, though. Like any skill it takes a someone skilled in training this behavior.