Guide To Companion Parrot Behavior Review


I have to say I absolutely love Mattie Sue Athan. She truly is a great author and I believe in her methods however with that being said I forgot about who the author was and focused on the content of this book. ( You can purchase the book through my amazon affliate account: ).

This is my first official book review and I’m so excited to do it! When I started to read this book I automatically was like NOPE this is NOT a book for me. I already have parrots and although it was great to read about the different type of parrots and what they are known for, I hate stereotyping! BUT in this case, how else would you explain the different type of parrots and what you can expect from each one? Now, this doesn’t mean your specific bird will be like this but it is a high possibility, as this is what other owners of the same parrots have experienced. I understand that this had to be done and I actually did learn a thing or two about stuff I didn’t know regarding certain parrots so it came in handy.

I love the cover of this book, I literally have had almost all of the parrots she chose for the cover. A Mitchell Cockatoo starts the lineup and although I didn’t have a Mitchell I did have a Galah Cockatoo which is also pink so I think it qualifies hahaha. Next is a green-naped lorikeet, then a conure – NOT a black-capped but still a conure. An Amazon, I have yet to be graced with such and I will never have one because my flock is closed but I love watching them on Youtube. Last but not least a wonderfully, beautiful, amazing African Grey parrot which we all know I already have!

I read this from front to back and I wish I had read it sooner, it gives a lot of suggestions and ideas to common behaviors you might encounter when having a parrot. Such as the typical screaming, biting and fearfulness to new objects. If I had read this sooner, I would have definitely manipulated Lola’s (galah cockatoo) environment more.

If you are looking to learn about parrots or even if you already have a parrot, I would recommend this book for the wonderful knowledge and insight that it brings. If you already have a parrot, I would say that “Guide to a well-behaved parrot” would be a better choice for you BUT if you are battling certain behavioral issues than this would be a great reference guide for your process of elimination.

You will learn what to do when looking for a new parrot or a second hand. What to look for from a breeder or pet store etc. It gives you tips on how to work on trust-building exercises, how important and what is needed when doing the “step up cooperation”, the towel game (which I have to teach my parrots), peek a bird and she covers how the cage setup can really make or break a parrot. She covers the “honeymoon phase” and how to help teach your parrot all the things it needs to learn in order for it to have the appropriate disposition. She covers what to expect once parrots mature and a few solutions for common parrot behavioral issues that owners come across. My favorite chapter was chapter nine: Stories about companion parrots. I LOVED reading the different stories about birds and their owners. This wasn’t about bad stories, it was just stories that were shared and I loved it. I don’t have a lot of friends who have birds so when I get to enjoy another story about one, it touches my heart!

I found this book to be well written, informative and definitely one that can be added to your collection if you have no other books about parrot behavioral issues. So yes I will recommend it, I don’t think it is a MUST HAVE but I do think it is a nice add-on.

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How to Solve your Parrot’s Behavior Problem!


Good Bird, a guide to solving behavioral problems in companion parrots by Barbara Heidenreich is a wonderful book to have in your collection. Whether or not you have a parrot with behavioral problems doesn’t matter because this book gives you the knowledge to understand why the behavior may happen and solutions to solve it. By reading this book, you can start to know the signs and see if a problem may be arising before it actually arrives.


Barbara Heidenreich has actually been in our shoes, she is a parrot owner. Who else to learn from if not one of our very own. She has also been a parrot trainer and have helped many families with behavioral issues in parrots.

So how do you solve your Parrot’s behavior issues? Simple! POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT! Barbara tells us this in the very 1st chapter, the introduction. If you have no idea what I am talking about, I explain all about training in my post called “What time is it??“.


But before you start implementing positive reinforcement, there are a few things you must first learn about: Body language! The first communication you will always have with a companion parrot is body language. Learn how to read it and what certain signs mean and you will be able to connect with your parrot better. In this book, Barbara explains their body language and gives you some insight in how to read them and what it means. What I love in this section is that she does her best to include pictures of birds that are displaying the body language she is describing.

She dedicates a chapter to each behavior issue you may come encounter with so you can either read the whole book (which I recommend) or you can just jump to the chapter that you may need help with. Her chapters go like this: Introduction – Chapter 1: Preparing the Companion Parrot Owner – Chapter 2: Screaming – Chapter 3: Biting – Chapter 4: Bonding to one person – Chapter 5: Cage Bound Bird – Chapter 6: Feather Picking and her closing chapter her Final Thoughts. Each chapter is filled with possible scenarios, why it may be happening, what you can do and a detailed explanation. I read this book about once every two years just to refresh my mind.


I can confidently say that I do not have to worry about any screaming issues. For her biting chapter, now that I have Marlee, the lorikeet and she tends to nip, I will be practicing this chapter and hopefully by the new year, I will be completely bite-free! Next is the bonding to one person – This refers to my African Grey, he is completely bonded to me however when I am not around he will go to others – Barbara’s methods do work! I haven’t been able to test her cage bound theory or her feather picking theory as none of my parrots have  any of these issues  but I’m sure it works also.

You can follow her blog and check out her stuff at She offers e-books, dvds, books, blog posts and seminars. I haven’t had a chance to check out her stuff as yet but I do give this book a 5 star rating as it’s an easy read with pictures and very straight to the point. From front to back it is a total of 81 pages. Really can’t go wrong.


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