professional behaviorists


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

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.



Parrot Freeflight — the Real Issues and Training Involved in Flying Outdoors – YouTube

I found this excellent primer on teaching freeflight on YouTube. Don’t try this without a professional behaviorist who knows how to train birds to fly free. This video covers the main methods and hazards.

Thinking outside the box | The road to understanding behavior 6

There are some basic principles that you must confirm for yourself to work with “problem parrots and cockatoos” and begin to understand behavior. I suggest that you don’t just accept these as facts, research the scientific basis of these statements. You will find that they are not the minority opinion […]