Manual of Parrot Behavior

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Andrew Luescher
John Wiley & Sons, Jan 9, 2008 - Medical - 352 pages
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This authoritative reference, the first of its kind, is a necessary addition to the library of any practitioner or behaviorist who sees avain companion animals. Because of their beauty, intelligence, playfulness and ability in mimicry, parrots are the most widely kept companion birds. It is estimated that more than half of the psittacine cases presented to clinicians are the result of behavioral problems-problems inherent to captivity.

Bringing together a host of international experts on avian behavior, Manual of Parrot Behavior explores the many facets of psittacine behavior, both normal and abnormal. The book not only provides readers with a solid understanding of the basic principles of psittacine behavior but also offers useful techniques of diagnosis and treatment for specific problems.


  • Covers both normal and abnormal parrot behavior

  • Offers practical techniques on diagnosis and treatment of behavior problems

  • Written by a team of international experts on avian behavior

  • A necessary addition to the library of any practitioner of behaviorist who sees avian companion animals
 

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Contents

1 Classification and the Status of Wild Populations of Parrots
3
2 Behavior of Wild Amazona and Rhynchopsitta Parrots with Comparative Insights
13
3 Parrot Conservation Trade and Reintroduction
27
4 Sensory Capacities of Parrots
33
5 Social Behavior of Psittacine Birds
43
Interactions with Anatomy Physiology and Behavior
49
7 Comfort Behavior and Sleep
59
8 Parrot Reproductive Behavior or Who Associates Who Mates and Who Cares?
63
16 Clinical Evaluation of Psittacine Behavioral Disorders
175
17 Diagnostic Workup of Suspected Behavioral Problems
195
18 Aggressive Behavior in Pet Birds
211
19 Parrot Vocalization
219
20 Parrots and Fear
225
21 Problem Sexual Behaviors of Companion Parrots
233
22 Mate Trauma
247
23 FeatherPicking Disorder in Pet Birds
255

9 Nest Box Preferences
79
Behavioral Impacts and Implications for Captive Parrot Welfare
83
Neonates Neophytes and Fledglings
93
12 Handler Attitude and Chick Development
113
13 Grey Parrot Cognition and Communication
133
14 Behavior Analysis and Parrot Learning
147
Preventing Problems Before They Start
165
24 Psittacine Behavioral Pharmacotherapy
267
25 Behavior of Captive Psittacids in the Breeding Aviary
281
26 Housing and Management Considerations for Problem Prevention
291
27 Captive Parrot Welfare
301
Index
319
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Andrew Luescher, DVM, PhD is Director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Purdue University. He established the Animal Behavior Clinic in 1997 and is certified as an applied animal behaviorist by the Animal Behavior Society and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. He has been treating companion animals with behavioral problems for more than 15 years

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