LLP & BAS Suggested Reading List

I often hear the comment that there are too few resources besides popular magazines to help us live and learn with parrots. It’s not so! But you do need to know where to look and you do need to be a good generalizer of information across different disciplines. Below are some of my favorite resources – by no means an exhaustive list. Read smart. Be skeptical. Look for data and grounding in the science of behavior. Common sense and cultural knowledge are not enough to be an expert about learning and behavior.

The books are listed in alphabetical order. If you can only read one book, do start with Karen Pryor’s Don’t Shoot the Dog. It will provide the foundation that will make all the other readings more meaningful and improve your ability to critique the plausibility of other experts. All of these books are available through Amazon.com except where otherwise noted.


  1. Animal Training: Successful Animal Management through Positive Reinforcement, by Ken Ramirez (1999).
  2. Clicking With Birds: A Beginners Guide to Clicker Training Your Companion Parrot by Linda Morrow (available at http://www.avi-train.com/manual.html).
  3. Clicker Training with Birds, by Melinda Johnson.
  4. Culture Clash, by Jean Donaldson
  5. Do Animals Think?, by Clive D. L. Wynn
  6. Don’t Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training (revised edition), by Karen Pryor.
  7. First Course in Applied Behavior Analysis, by Paul Chance.
  8. For the Love of Greys, by Bobbi Brinker (available at http://www.parrottalk.com/bbbook.html).
  9. Good Bird! A Guide to Solving Behavioral Problems in Companion Parrots! by Barbara Heidenreich.
  10. Here Kitty, Kitty, Catherine Crawmer on Training Cats, by Catherine Crawmer (available at http://www.cattrainingbook.com/).
  11. How Dogs Learn, by Mary Burch, Ph.D. & Jon S. Bailey, Ph.D.
  12. The Power of Positive Parenting A Positive Way to Raise Children, by Glen Latham.
  13. The Mismeasure of Man, by Stephen J. Gould.

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Hi All! Announcing a BIG change. Welcome to TGFs Adopters Group, formerly TGFs Greys Group.We are excited to read your posts, see your pictures and keep in touch with you. After more than 22 years of bird adoptions, we think its about time to hear from you. Please share your stories, questions, concerns, and news. We welcome you all.

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BJ and Beaky make it easy for you to pay it forward at The Gabriel Foundation. This newly formed Mitred conure pair is looking for a conure friendly home with an opportunity for outdoor time. Prepare to enjoy the never-ending antics and charm of these two. With their adoption, The Gabriel Foundation will be able to assist two more birds in need. Learn more about our adoption process here: thegabrielfoundation.org/adoption/adoption-process/

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Pay it forward at The Gabriel Foundation through adoption or sponsorship

BJ and Beaky make it easy for you to pay it forward at The Gabriel Foundation. This newly formed Mitred conure pair is looking for a conure friendly home with an opportunity for outdoor time.  Prepare to enjoy the never-ending antics and charm of these two. With their adoption, The Gabriel Foundation will be able to assist two more birds in need. Learn more about our adoption process here: http://thegabrielfoundation.org/adoption/adoption-process/

Not able to adopt? BJ is still in need of support through our sponsorship program.  With BJs sponsorship, not only are you ensuring BJs high quality of care continues here at The Gabriel Foundation, you are also providing another bird with the opportunity to come into our care. To sponsor BJ: https://the-gabriel-foundation.chargify.com/h/3295682/subscriptions/new

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so sweet and beautiful <3

Beautiful bird <3

I love my conures

Oh I want them but I live across the continent and already have two conures 😣