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84 Do you know your parrot?
“Knowledge is power? No. Knowledge on its own is nothing, but the application of useful knowledge, now that is powerful.” 

― Rob Liano

What do we actually know about our feathered companions? We often imagine that we know their personalities, but do we? Follow Don down this rabbit hole in this episode. 

Did you know that there is a parrot that makes the sound of a hawk?

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Would a quick "trick" to helping your parrots get along better with others and behave be useful to you?

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Manual to consider: The Manual of Parrot Behavior is the essential behavior text for anyone who works with parrots. No other volume goes into the depth needed to understand and work with their behavior.

From the publishers:

This authoritative reference, the first of its kind, is a necessary addition to the library of any practitioner or behaviorist who sees avian companion animals. Because of their beauty, intelligence, playfulness and ability in mimicry, parrots are the most widely kept companion birds. It is estimated that more than half of the psittacine cases presented to clinicians are the result of behavioral problems-problems inherent to captivity.

Bringing together a host of international experts on avian behavior, Manual of Parrot Behavior explores the many facets of psittacine behavior, both normal and abnormal. The book not only provides readers with a solid understanding of the basic principles of psittacine behavior but also offers useful techniques of diagnosis and treatment for specific problems.

Covers both normal and abnormal parrot behavior

Offers practical techniques on diagnosis and treatment of behavior problems

— Amazon has this text available for sale.

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“It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.”— Epictetus CE 55-155

These links are to awareness tests that will surprise you. We think we know exactly what we are seeing but do we? Cognitive scientists say no. This videos prove it! 

Awareness test:

Basketball test: No matter how closely you watch this video you will probably not get the right answer!