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 →

Parrotlets Are the Smartest Parrots.*

*According to my personal opinion highly in-depth research. Cough. Actually, I stumbled across an article called Problem Solving Parrots, which begins to suggest that parrotlets are highly intelligent (though owners don't need scientists to tell us that). Certainly they more than held their ground against cockatoos, lorikeets, and green-winged macaws. Indeed, the spectacled parrotlets of the study were... Continue Reading →

Parrot Facts: What You Never Knew.

Alternatively titled 'a bunch of parrot facts.' I'm, er, kind of bird obsessed. You might have noticed. I enjoy reading about all things feathered, but most especially parrots - and you can imagine that David Attenborough's Life of Birds is just about my favourite documentary ever, as much as I enjoy them all. Here are a few... Continue Reading →

Why Parrots Bite: A Theory.

I had a thought about why parrotlets and lovebirds can be perceived as so nippy. Many of us know already how parrots use the angle of their feathers to communicate. For example, a ruffling of the feathers on the back of the head, or lifting of those at the upper back, can mean a bird... Continue Reading →

Masters, Sch’masters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kt3b8NwSVJE I put up a YouTube video of Ptak's favourite game. Parrotlets are funny little things - big birds in little packages, people say. It's true. Hopefully a silly parrotlet's antics can bring you a Tuesday evening smile! Moving on, I've been really debating the pros and cons of doing a master's degree over here.... Continue Reading →

How a Parrot Learns Its Name: Video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ed9A4HPdXgQ I thought this video about wild green-rumped parrotlets and their mimicry was well worth sharing. Parrots' names are not biological; they are derived in the nest. The experiment in this video examines eggs that are taken from one nest and placed in another. The most impressive thing, though, is not only do parrots have... Continue Reading →

Dream Job: Crazy Bird Lady.

As the start of the new school year looms on the horizon, I mentally brace myself for the upcoming challenge. Sometimes - though not often - I seriously wish I could go work in something other than music. Sure, I love it. I love playing viola. But I love it a lot less at the end of... Continue Reading →

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