The Basics of Parrot Care


Our knowledge about parrots is changing every day.  We have not been keeping parrots as pets in captivity in large numbers for long at all.   Much of the information we have is purely anecdotal.  There are few studies that have been done with parrots, and many of the things we thought to be true 10 years ago in the areas of diet and behavior we now know are not true at all.  It is difficult for even the best-educated owner to keep up with this.  It should be our goal, as professionals, to acquire and dispense the most up-to-date and accurate information — based in science whenever possible.

In addition to lack of knowledge and research in the area of companion parrots, there are many, many different species of parrots – each having different needs! Too often owners, as well as professionals, generalize the needs of parrots and do not realize that each species has specific requirements.

Because there are so many different parrot species, in this course, we will be reviewing the nutritional and environmental needs of parrots in general.  Each of the areas covered may be thought of as a parrot’s basic needs. Conversely, the ability to enjoy quality provisions within each of these areas must be regarded as living skills for a parrot.  Once this course is completed, you should have good, general knowledge of the basic requirements for a healthy, happy parrot.

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Pamela Clark

Pamela Clark is a well-known author, speaker and certified parrot behavior consultant. Her knowledge extends to a wide range of parrot species, and has been gained through hands on experiences as diverse as breeding to rescue and rehabilitation.

Pam’s approach when dealing with behavior problems is two-fold.  She seeks to provide increased environmental enrichment and excellent nutrition, while using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to resolve behavior problems.  She evaluates each aspect of the parrot’s existence, including nutrition, environment, and social relationships, recommending improvements using the most positive, least intrusive methods to insure improvement.  Pam has also trained parrots in behaviors as complex as that of free flight outdoors.

Pam lives in Salem, Oregon with a mixed flock of 10 companion parrots, one dog and two cats. In addition to her behavior consulting, writing and lecturing, she works as a veterinary technician for an avian specialist.  Her articles have appeared in the Companion Parrot Quarterly, Bird Talk magazine, Birds USA, Parrots magazine, and the Holistic Bird Newsletter, and have been translated into several foreign languages.

Refund Policy: The course fee will be refunded, in its entirety, so long as the enrollee requests a refund in writing no later than the 14th day after the course is purchased. Alternatively, the enrollee may request an exchange or credit toward a different course, instead of a refund.