of Parrot Behavior
by Andrew Luescher
Psittacines are maintained in captivity as pets,
in the home, as breeding birds in aviculture, in zoos, and in conservation
projects. Because of their intelligence, playfulness, and ability
in mimicry, psittacines are the most widely kept companion birds.
In the wild, these birds are normally social, living with others.
In captivity most are kept in a cage without other birds. The advantage
of caging psittacines is that they are more likely to become tame
and develop their powers of mimicry. The disadvantage, however,
is that in this environment, psittacines develop behavior problems
that can take many forms, including biting, screeching, and self-mutilation.
It is estimated that more than half of the cases presented to clinicians
in companion psittacine practice are the result of behavioral problems
� problems inherent to the caged psittacine. Bringing together a
host of international experts on avian behavior, Andrew Leuscher
explores the many facets of psittacine behavior � both normal and
abnormal � and offers useful techniques of diagnosis and treatment
for clinicians who see birds in practice. Species covered include
Macaws, Amazon Parrots, African Grey Parrots, Cockatiels, Budgerigars,
and Cockatoos. This authoritative reference � the first of its kind
� is a necessary addition to the library of any practitioner who
sees avian companion animals.
Item Number: 128
Pages: 373 pp.
Illustrations: Color and black/white photos
Size: 7" x 10"