Bird Books: Parrot Training and Behavior Reference

Need information on taking care of your pet parrot or teaching your bird cool tricks? The bird books featured on our site are written by well-respected parrot experts and feature trust-worthy information that we recommend for any parrot-lovers bookshelf. Below are some of our favorite books for new parrot owners.

Guide to a Well-Behaved Parrot

Guide to a Well-Behaved Parrot
by Mattie Sue Athan
This wonderful book explains the basics of parrot psychology and discusses ways parrot owners can apply it to solve common behavior problems. Athan also provides an overview of proper parrot care, including proper nutrition and providing the bird with steady companionship.

Good Bird! Guide to Solving Problem Behaviors

Good Bird! A Guide to Solving Behavioral Problems
by Barbara Heidenreich
In this book, Heidenreich describes some typical problem behavior -- screaming, biting, cage aggression, feather picking -- then offers a step-by-step explanation of how to address these problem behaviors using training techniques based on positive reinforcement.

The Second-Hand Parrot

The Second-Hand Parrot
by Mattie Sue Athan
Learn the pros and cons of adopting a bird that has had a previous owner. The books give advice on purchasing and otherwise acquiring a parrot, maintaining health care, caging, proper feeding, grooming and training. You'll especially enjoy the high-quality, full-color photos and detailed line art.

Companion Parrot Handbook

The Companion Parrot Handbook
by Sally Blanchard
The Companion Parrot Handbook is an up-to-date guide for the parrot owner, covering both fundamentals of parrot ownership and solving behavioral problems. Topics include choosing a parrot, skills to teach a parrot, converting parrots to a healthier diet, what to do if a parrot flies away, and more.

A Parrot for Life

A Parrot for Life: Raising and Training the Perfect Parrot Companion by Rebecca O'ConnorA Parrot for Life is a comprehensive guide to caring for a parrot through the many changes that can take place during the stages of his life. It covers a variety of important topics like housing, nutrition, health care, training, travel, and keeping a parrot healthy and content throughout an owner's life changes.

Clicker Training for Birds

Clicker Training for Birds: Getting Started
by Melinda Johnson
Called "the bible of parrot clicker training," this book by Melinda Johnson lays out everything a novice parrot owner or trainer needs to know about teaching their pet bird a variety of behaviors. In addition to teaching "silly parlor tricks," this bird trainer explains how positive reinforcement training is the most effective way to build a better relationship with your parrot and eliminate problem behaviors.

Guide to Companion Parrot Behavior

Guide to Companion Parrot Behavior
by Mattie Sue Athan
This book is a great introductory reference book covering topics as choosing between a young parrot and an older bird, selecting and training a talking parrot, modifying parrot behavior traits, reinforcing behavior changes, grooming, keeping a parrot safe,  and virtually all other aspects of care.

The Parrot Problem Solver

The Parrot Problem Solver: Finding Solutions to Aggressive Behavior by Barbara HeidenreichWhen not properly trained and socialized, parrots are prone to developing a number of behavioral problems, including aggression and self-mutilation. Many owners face these problems and need guidance on solving them. Barbara Heidenreich arms her readers with the information they need to turn their aggressive parrot into a feathered friend.

Parrots for Dummies

Parrots For Dummies
by Nikki Moustaki
Whether you are just thinking about buying a parrot or you’ve had parrots for years, Parrots for Dummies is full of helpful information about how to be the best parrot guardian you can be. This beginner's bird book is packed full of useful tips, hints, reminders, and warnings about everything related to parrots and their care.

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