Parrot Studies and Behaviour - Diploma

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... [ Read more ]

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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
Study Level 2
  • The study Level relates to the how demanding the course is. 1 is beginner and 5 is HND / Foundation Degree level.
  • 6 Module Course
  • This course is delivered in 6 study modules which need to be passed to gain the qualification.
    • All Compass Education Ltd courses are written by industry experts and provided exclusively in the UK by Compass, they are not available anywhere else. Courses are unique to Compass and accredited by Ofqual regulated Awarding Bodies and/or Industry Professional Bodies as indicated in each course description. In common with the overwhelming majority of private educational provision in this sector they are not a part of the RQF or SCQF and they do not appear on Ofqual's register of qualifications.
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