The Complete Pet Bird Owner’s Handbook


Presented in 17 chapters this book provides guidance for you to understand what your bird needs for optimum health.

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The Complete Pet Bird Owner’s Handbook (Revised Edition)

by Dr. Gary A. Gallerstein

Published by Avian Publications!

Covers all aspects of pet bird ownership, including selection, nutrition, behavior, home physicals, emergency medical care, preventative medicine, and much more. Presented in seventeen chapters, this book provides guidance on getting started, achieving optimum health, and understanding what your bird needs from you for a happy, healthy life. Includes an index of health and illness signs, general index, bibliography of additional resources, and superb photos and illustrations to support the detailed text. You will consider this book to be the most essential reference in your avian library, a constant source of reliable advice, assistance, and assurance for your bird’s well-being.


“Wow! This book is a gem. Packed with information and good insight, it needs to be a part of every pet bird owner’s library. Dr. Gallerstein has done it again!”

— Brian L. Speer, DVM


Co-author, The Large Macaws and Birds for Dummies

The Complete Pet Bird Owner’s Handbook is a valuable addition to the home library. It encompasses a broad range of practical information from behavior and diet, to recognizing various illnesses and quickly stabilizing medical emergencies during those important minutes it takes to get to the veterinarian. Those new to bird ‘parenthood’ will learn much from it and veteran bird ‘parents’ will find The Complete Pet Bird Owner’s Handbook a quick and valuable source of reference.”

— Chris Davis, “The Bird Lady,” companion bird behavior consultant

Author of Demystifying Pet Bird Behavior

Co-author, Training Your Parrot the Alex Way

“I thoroughly enjoyed the 3rd edition of Dr. Gallerstein’s great book. I have recommended his book for my clients for years and look forward to offering the new edition to my bird-owning clients. This book is definitely a must-have for bird owners. I strongly recommend it.”

— Amy B. Worell, DVM, ABVP

“The contents of the The Complete Pet Bird Owner’s Handbook are as good as the dramatic book cover promises. Dr. Gallerstein has made the third edition of the handbook user-friendly, and it’s full of current information in this rapidly growing field. This book should be in the library of anyone with an interest in pet birds, including bird owners, aviculturists and veterinarians. The book is comprehensive, covering topics such as selecting a bird, proper caging and furnishing the cage, avian anatomy and physiology, basics of bird breeding, avian veterinary care, and when birds and owners part. The chapter on medical emergencies is particularly helpful because it begins with a table that lists the common avian emergencies with a rating of 1–3 stars to determine how quickly veterinary care is needed. Conveniently, there is an index of signs of illness observed by bird caretakers, with pages in the textbook that cover that subject. There is also a general index.

The new edition comes nine years after the second edition. Although there are parts of the text that have not changed, this new edition is easier to navigate and contains more information in the areas that are currently of greatest interest. The chapter on behavior has tripled in size and covers many more species, including a section on behavior of finches and canaries. The book contains more than 120 additional pages, compared with the second edition. This reasonably priced book is a valuable reference to have on the shelf.”

— Rhoda Stevenson, DVM, ABVP

“Book Reviews: For Your Client’s Library,” Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA), Volume 225: Number 12, Article 1859, December 15, 2004

Item Number: 132

ISBN: 1895270251

Pages: 441 pp.

Published: 2003

Illustrations: Color and black/white photos and other illustrations

Binding: Hardcover

Size: 6″ x 9″

Additional information

Weight 2.0 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 1 in

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