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.

1 day ago

The Gabriel Foundation

Adoptions are a family affair! When Pam lost one of her doves, she astutely realized that the surviving dove was lonely. So, when Pam came to adopt a dove, we asked her to bring her surviving dove so that she could choose her own new friend. Well, she chose *two* new friends: female doves Aiden and Everest. Pam also also brought along her four granddaughters, who, when they left, were busy cooking up some fancy new names for their two new doves. ... See MoreSee Less

Adoptions are a family affair!  When Pam lost one of her doves, she astutely realized that the surviving dove was lonely.  So, when Pam came to adopt a dove, we asked her to bring her surviving dove so that she could choose her own new friend.  Well, she chose *two* new friends:  female doves Aiden and Everest.  Pam also also brought along her four granddaughters, who, when they left, were busy cooking up some fancy new names for their two new doves.

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This makes me so happy- the doves and pigeons get their day sometimes!

Now that's a real success story!

thanks for giving these birds a good home and a BIG HUG to all of you that loved and cared for them!!!

that is very sweet!

Super!

Cute

This makes me very happy. I saw those doves while out at the aviary two weeks ago and I wanted to bring them all home. They aren't as fancy as the hookbills and they don't talk, but they bring a peaceful message.....

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3 days ago

The Gabriel Foundation

Who does it better? Parrot or Rihanna? 😂

The Sun Video
Parrot or Rhianna? Who do you prefer?
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The birdie not only sounds better, she looks better too 😉

Parrot, of course, and that's not because I don't like Rihanna 🙂

Parrot........lost interest in her after she let Chris Brown knock her around and she kept going back for more.

I can't hear it very well but I would naturally vote parrot because I love them.

Wings, er Hands down, the Parrot of course!

Parrot who needs toys and entertainment

Parrot!

the parrot of course smile

The amazon such a great parrot

Perrot of course!

A parrot of course. ...

The parrot.

Parrot

Parrot

PARROT!

The parrot

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4 days ago

The Gabriel Foundation

It's time for another game! Test your Macaw knowledge and see if you can name all six Macaw species pictured below.

Update: Answers can now be found in the description of each picture.
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Its time for another game! Test your Macaw knowledge and see if you can name all six Macaw species pictured below.

Update: Answers can now be found in the description of each picture.

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I'll play when you get something besides hybrids.

I missed the Capri. Thanks - I learned something!

Am I getting graded?

Don't have a clue but they are stunning birds!

They are such a beautiful bird, just love them.

they are all so pretty!

Need the answer key!

Lovely!!

I only see one breed! The... Pretty birb!!!!

Anne Tocknell some beautiful macaws here 😊

opws ?

Catalina

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