Positive Vs. Negative Reinforcement in Training

What’s the difference between Positive and Negative Reinforcement? Is negative reinforcement bad? This is, I think, my number one pet peeve in the animal training communities. I've actually seen folks absolutely jump on others who proclaim to use negative reinforcement, equating it to punishment - when, in fact, that is not the case at all.... Continue Reading →

15 Ways Owning a Parrot is Like Having a Forever-Toddler.

I often hear that owning parrots is like bringing a toddler into your house - for life - and I feel like it's true. I don't have kids myself, but I asked some friends and family who have been through the terrible twos... and they agree. There is a reason some people choose to call... Continue Reading →

Difference Between a Parrotlet and a Budgie (or Parakeet).

There is a big difference between parrotlets and parakeets - more commonly known as Budgerigars, or budgies. First, it's important to note that 'parakeet' refers to a wide range of parrots from around the world. The word itself means simply, 'long tail.' There are many types of parakeets, and yes, budgies are one species of... Continue Reading →

Zebra Finches As Pets – By Guest Blogger Chelsea of @TWFA.

Zebra Finch - Taeniopygia guttata - a lot of people want to know what these small finches are really like as pets, and what the pros and cons are of owning one. Guest blogger Chelsea of The White Finch Aviary explores these questions and more in an effort to help educate the public about her beautiful finches. This article is... Continue Reading →

Seven Reasons Why Parrots Are Not Good Pets.

Are parrots good pets? What is owning one like? In my opinion, no, they are not good pets at all - caring for them properly will consume your life, not that this is necessarily a bad thing. This article was inspired by my previous post, where I realised that I never defined why I feel parrots... Continue Reading →

Concerning Cockatoos and Other Pet Parrots.

Cockatoos are dangerous. I'm here to try and convince you not to buy one. Or buy any parrot, that is. I wish everyone could go to an avian rescue and see the inhabitants there. I wish also that everyone could see the Island Parrot Sanctuary and meet parrots who cannot live with people, through no... Continue Reading →

What Parrot is Good for a Beginner?

I want to start that by saying that there should be no such thing as a 'first bird' or so-called beginner parrot, and this post was sparked by reading Patricia Sund's essay 'I don't believe in "starter birds," ' many moons ago. Her writing brings up several wonderful points, first and foremost that every single species is similarly messy,... Continue Reading →

Maverick will lie like this all day, if you let him. With his feet up like that, it's actually called Bronco'ing. This is a position Senegal Parrots are known to love. They will often flip themselves onto their backs just to lay that way. It can be a defensive posture, though, as this puts the... Continue Reading →

Further evidence of my talking parrot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfB5xMIBbYc&feature=youtu.be Just in case, y'know, you thought I was making it up or something. He's a little chatterbox. At the time of filming this, I was sneakily hiding behind O.'s computer monitor with just the camera lense poking out. I am allowed to look, but the camera isn't... if he spots it, he'll only make... Continue Reading →

Ten Really Excellent Reasons to Own a Parrotlet.

A parrotlet is light enough to land on two (upright) pieces of paper without bending them. They're cute when they yawn. And they're cute when they're angry. Just generally cute, really. They're small enough to fit into the palm of your hand. And are very into fashion/jewellery. They know what light is most flattering (this... Continue Reading →

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