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Animal Behaviorists and birds

Postby Pajarita » Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:58 am

Here is an article explaining what an animal behaviorist looks at when confronted with a bird that has 'behavioral problems' and why their perspective does not work. Namely, behaviorists are not ethologists and, although they do very well with domesticated animals kept as pets, parrots are undomesticated and cannot be treated the same as a dog or a cat so the 'give it toys, train it' is not going to work when, in reality, what birds need is the humans to be trained in proper husbandry.

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Re: Animal Behaviorists and birds

Postby Pajarita » Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:59 am

And another bad advice which, unfortunately, is the most common advice given to people who have screamers: ignore the bird if it's just seeking attention. It's the opposite, a bird that needs attention should get it because it is NOT a behavioral problem, it's a survival trait that translates into a peremptory need. Parrots don't seek company for fun, they NEED it to feel safe and ignoring their cries for help is not going to make the bird feel better.

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Number of Birds Owned: 30
Types of Birds Owned: Toos, grays, zons, canaries, finches, cardinals, senegals, jardine, redbelly, sun conure, button quail, GCC, PFC, lovebirds
Flight: Yes


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