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Parrot Studies and Behaviour - Diploma
Parrot Studies and Behaviour - Diploma


 
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This programme has been developed for the parrot enthusiast and novice alike.

The 6 module course condenses much of the information only available from a multitude of books that are often contradictory into one enlightening text.

Course Modules
1. What are Parrots?
  • Classification
  • The basics of Taxonomy
  • The order Psittaciformes
  • Cacatuidae : Cockatiel, Blue-eyed Cockatoo and Moluccan Cockatoo or Salmon-Crested Cockatoo
  • Loriidae : Swainson's or Blue Mountain Lorikeet, Dusky Lory, Purple-capped Lory and Duivenbode's Lory
  • Psittacidae : White-Fronted Parrot, Blue and Gold Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Budgerigar,
  • Senegal Parrot and Kakapo
  • The History and Evolution of Birds
  • What is a Bird?
  • The use of feathers
  • What is a Parrot?
  • Parrot anatomy
2. Different Types of Parrot
  • Parrot Species
  • The Pacific distribution
  • The Afro-Asia distribution
  • The South American distribution
  • The natural habitat of parrots
  • Cockatoos : Common and Scientific names
  • Cockatoos native habitat
  • Cockatoos nutritional requirements
  • Greater Sulphur-crested cockatoo
  • Umbrella cockatoo
  • Moluccan cockatoo
  • Lories and Lorikeets : Common and Scientific names
  • Lories and Lorikeets native habitat
  • Lories and Lorikeets nutritional requirements
  • Blue Mountain lorikeet
  • Cockatiels : Description, status in the wild, status in aviculture
  • Parrots of the Americas
  • Macaws: Common and Scientific names
  • Macaw's native habitat
  • Macaws nutritional requirements
  • Scarlet Macaw
  • Blue and Gold Macaw
  • Amazons: Common and Scientific names
  • Amazons nutritional requirements
  • Blue-fronted Amazon
  • Spectacled Amazon
  • Parrots of Africa and Asia
  • African Greys: Common and Scientific names
  • African Greys nutritional requirements
  • Red-tailed Grey
  • Timneh grey
  • Lovebirds: Common and Scientific names
  • Lovebird's native habitat
  • Lovebird's nutritional requirements
  • Peach-face lovebird
  • Masked Lovebird
  • Other African varieties
  • Senegal
  • Meyer's parrot
  • Red-bellied parrot
3. Parrot Behaviour
  • Introduction to Parrot behaviour
  • History of Parrot behaviour
  • Understanding our wild friends
  • Parrots living in the wild
  • Behaviour
  • Non-Social behaviour
  • Locomotion
  • Feeding
  • Comfort behaviour
  • Preening
  • Shaking
  • Scratching
  • Foot care
  • Beak care
  • Bathing
  • Yawning
  • Stretching
  • Resting and Sleeping
  • Social Behaviour
  • Partner feeding
  • Warning and attack behaviour
  • Threatening stance
  • Foot raising and foot boxing
  • Beak opening
  • Pecking fights and serious fights
  • Pecking order
  • Mimicry - Not all parrots are able to talk
  • The Tool Users
4. Parrot Characteristics
  • Physical Characteristics
  • Personalities
  • Contact and distance in parrots
  • The Genetics and Development of Behaviour
  • Sexual maturity and determining a bird s age
  • A look at instinctive qualities of domestic parrots
  • Parrots as prey animals
  • Parrots are very visual
  • Parrots as flock animals
  • Parrots are emotional and empathetic
  • All parrots are vocal in some form or another
  • Parrots are naturally active
  • Parrots are naturally messy eaters
  • Parrots are mentally active
  • Parrots will seek dominance
  • Wing clipping
  • Parrots facing extinction
  • The Aviculturist's role in preserving parrots
5. Behaviour Problems and Solutions
  • What is Behaviour?
  • What is Behaviour Modification?
  • Behaviour Problems - General Etiologies
  • Biting : determining the cause
  • Screaming : determining the cause
  • Feather plucking : determining the cause
  • Cage size and location
  • Height and Shouldering
  • Boredom
  • Insufficient exercise
  • Owner problems
  • Reinforcing or rewarding desirable behaviours
  • Compassion
  • Hormonal behaviour
  • Survival Instincts
  • The teething stage
  • The Exceptions
6. Responsible Ownership and Care
  • Do parrots fit your way of life?
  • Important advice for beginner bird-keepers
  • Housing Parrots
  • Bar spacing
  • Cage material
  • Perches
  • Cleaning and disinfecting the cage
  • Lighting, heating and temperature
  • Grooming required for a parrot
  • Trimming toenails and bill
  • Clipping the wings
  • Tips for wing-trimming
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Habitat
  • Foraging
  • Foods To Avoid
  • Pesticides and Herbicides
  • Keeping parrots healthy
  • Classification of Diseases : infectious, metabolic, nutritional, parasitic, toxic and cancerous
  • Diagnosing Disease
  • Crop Inflammation
  • Coccidiosis
  • Aspergillosis

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