Companion Parrots & Flight


Pamela Clark leads listeners through a thorough discussion of the choice every parrot owner must make – whether to clip the parrot’s wings or not.  She begins her topic with a look at the significance of feathers and flight, then examines each option in depth.  She explores the reasons usually given for each choice, as well as the often unanticipated consequences of both clipping flight feathers and allowing flight.  Listeners then learn how to go about making the choice for their own parrot, and how to implement each choice in a respectful and responsible manner.



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.

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