Category: Parrot

Calling All Crows Part 2: Social Learning and Novel Objects

Camille King

In my last column, I talked about how I trained the crows that visited my garden to come to me on cue, using food to reward them for visiting. Now that I had “my” crows reliably visiting the garden and could attract them whenever I wanted, it seemed like a good time to start changing the environment so I could understand more about their preferences, behaviors, and learning style. The first thing I wanted to learn was how crows reacted to a new object. Would they appear nervous, or curious? Would cautious crows learn from bolder ones, or vice versa?

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Screaming!!

by Lisa Desatnik

If you have ever shared your home with a feathered friend, you more than likely understand why I added two exclamation points at the end of that word. For us as humans, screaming is one of the most annoying, painful, and downright unacceptable natural behaviors of companion birds. It is the source of much frustration, irritable family members and neighbors, and ultimately the search for new homes.

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Wildlife Rehabilitation and Companion Animal Behavior Consulting: Opposite Yet Complimentary Applications

by Rachel Riley

Working with wild, captive, or domestic animals of any kind, the more skills you can develop in the varying areas of their care the more comprehensive your knowledge will be when it comes to assessing individuals and overcoming challenges in your field. For example, rehabilitation that aims for release of wild animals and animal behaviour consulting working with tame captive animals have almost polar opposite goals and outcomes.

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