By Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D and Lori Wilson, Photos by Timothy Wilson
If you ask a group of parrot lovers, “What’s the most important behavior to teach pet parrots?” without giving it a second thought, many people would respond, “Step Up!”
That’s what we used to say, too. Then one day, my daughter sent me a photo she’d taken in Washington, D.C., with the caption, “How do you walk a bunch of lil’ kids to the city museum and get back to school with the same number you left with?” The answer: Teach them to target just like Lori Wilson taught Lil’ Dude the Pacific parrotlet (Forpus coelestis)! So we gave it a second thought and decided that targeting should be added to the list of very important skills to teach our parrots.
**For the full article, pick up the March 2009 issue of BIRD TALK**
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