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Rebecca K. O'Connor

Rebecca K. O’Connor is a freelance writer, author and animal trainer in California. She has more 20 years of experience as a parrot owner, has trained birds professionally and consulted for zoos and facilities in the United States, Mexico and Australia. She gives lectures and workshops on training, care and living with parrots at bird clubs and facilities across the U.S.. She has also been a falconer for most of her adult life.

O’Connor is the author of “A Parrot for Life” and several other pet book books, as well as a frequent contributor to BIRD TALK Magazine and O’Connor has an MFA in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside. She frequently writes about the natural world and our relationship to it. She is probably best known as a writer for her memoir, "Lift."

She shares her home with Ty, a African grey parrot; Loki, a Senegal parrot; Bali, a red-bellied parrot and Anakin, a peregrine falcon. She says that Ty, who she has lived with for 17 years, gives her the best advice. When asked to sum up her life, O’Connor said, “Birds and words, baby. Words and birds.”

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How To Streamline Your Morning Bird Routine
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Welcome To "Life Hacks" For Parrots
We got your life hacks.

Why You Should Focus On Positive Parrot Behaviors
It's too easy to focus on the negative bird behaviors, isn't it?

How To Maintain Good Bird Behavior Over The Years
Since birds can live a long time, what they like and dislike may change over the years, but how you train them should remain the same.

3 Tips To Train A Well-Behaved Parrot
To train a well-behaved parrot, you need to have a conversation where you show your parrot what behaviors you like, and which ones you don’t.

2 Easy Tricks Every Well-Behaved Parrot Should Know
There's no limit to what tricks a bird can learn, but target training and the step up are the two tricks are essential for a happy, healthy parrot. Best part: they're super easy to teach! Find out how.

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