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E-book - 25 Pages - 24 Gray-scale Pencil Illustrations by Sally Blanchard
Parrots are generally neo-phobic and new items, changes, and/or adventures can cause their a fear reaction, especially if they are not accustomed to change. In reality, Janet’s long red fingernails were not the cause of Sammy’s problems — only the trigger. Even though Sammy was well-cared for and wellloved, Christie had not taken the time to set rules for him or to guide his behavior. Parrots are clearly intelligent animals and much of their personality development depends on learning. The youngster who is taught to explore and accept new adventures, will adjust to change more readily as he or she matures. In the wild, a parrot chick that has not learned his survival skills by the time he begins to become independent from his parents will not survive. In captivity, young parrots will survive without proper guidance. But if no one helps them to adjust to their life as a pet in the confusing human world, they will often develop serious dysfunction when they are in their “independence stage”. Sammy had not been taught by his “protector” that change was safe and when a change did occur that he perceived as a major threat, he became terrified.
Often, different parrot species have particular behavioral traits that seem to lend themselves to specific behavioral problems. These phobic responses seem to be more common in Rose-breasted cockatoos, African greys and the young Poicephalus parrots: Senegals, Meyers, Red-bellies, and the rarer Brownheaded parrots. When it comes to fear response, cockatiels are most known for night frights. I have not seen the same problems with the other poicephalus at this time. It can be a puzzle as to why ...............................................................
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Published by the Companion Parrot Online Magazine
Loveland, Colorado USA
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