Product Description

This informative and often amusing 'introduction to bird keeping' appeals not only to the novice or want-to-be bird keeper, but also to the seasoned aviculturist looking for a refresher on the basics. Based on the authors' combined 30 years of bird keeping experience, this guide walks you through the process of selecting a bird right for you, caring for that bird, and understanding its behaviour.

This 96 page full colour book also guides you through the growing pains of increasing your bird family, including what to do when your birds have gone forth and multiplied. All in all, the authors help you to create a happy and healthy environment so bird keeping will always be pleasurable.

Pet Care

  • Why in Heavens Would Anyone Want a Bird for a Pet?
  • Responsibilities! - What Responsibilities?
  • Making a Natural Selection - Choosing Your Bird; Information Sources
  • Bringing Your Bird Home
  • Bird Keeping - A Family Affair - Children and other Pets
  • All to do With the Cage - Types; Placement; Entertainment
  • What's on the Menu? - Seed; Pellet; Storage; Recipes
  • Attending to Your Bird's Personal Grooming - Nail and Wing Trimming
  • Keeping Bird-fit - Cleaning; Illness


  • The Not-So-Secret Language of Birds - Rejection; Vocal and Body Language
  • Low Risk Bird Handling - Routine; Commands; Restraint; Preening
  • Taming
  • Training - Tricks; Tiolet Training
  • Did Someone Say I Have a Behavioural Problem? - Screaming; Biting; Feather Picking
  • Increasing Your Flock - Introductions; Quarantine
  • Afterthoughts
  • Aviculturist Responsibilities as a Whole
  • Parts of a Typical Parrot

What Responsibilities? - Choosing Your Bird; Information Sources - Children and other Pets - Types; Placement; Entertainment - Seed; Pellet; Storage; Recipes - Nail and Wing Trimming - Cleaning; Illness - Rejection; Vocal and Body Language - Routine; Commands; Restraint; Preening - Tricks; Tiolet Training - Screaming; Biting; Feather Picking - Introductions; Quarantine