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BIRD TALK May 2012 issue
May 2012

Editor's Note
Editor Laura Doering asked if I wanted to write about the Parrot Festival, hosted each year by the National Parrot Rescue & Preservation Foundation (NPRPF) in Houston. I racked my brain on how to best describe the Parrot Festival without simply resorting to adjectives such as: “amazing, brilliant, fun, awesome.” Check out the Parrot Festival slide show here.

Banish Bad Behavior
8 tips to bring out your bird’s best behavior. 
BY REBECCA SWEAT 

Buy Now? 
Top 10 reasons why you need a new cage.
BY LAURIE HESS, DVM, DIPL. ABVP-AVIAN PRACTICE

Fruit Foragers 
Discover the evolution of the Eclectus parrot’s dietary preferences. 
BY ROB MARSHALL, B.V.S.C., M.A.C.V.S.C. & TAILAI O'BRIEN 

Rare Bird 
Find out why the kakapo is like no other parrot in the world.
BY ROBIN SHEWOKIS

Essential Oils
Can adding oils to your bird’s diet better its health?
BY JASON CREAN & PATRICIA SUND

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Memo To Pepper & Parker
Subject: "The Look"
BY PATRICIA SUND

Parrot Psychology
Hospice Care
An end-of-life plan is our final gift to our beloved pets.
BY LIZ WILSON, CVT, CPBC

Causes & Cures
Skin Allergies
Help your bird find allergy relief.
BY MARGARET A. WISSMAN, DVM

Heart To Heart
Cage Placement
The right cage location can make your bird feel right at home.
BY CHRIS DAVIS

Larger Than Life
One-On-One Time
Interactive play builds trust and adds fun.
BY SALLY BLANCHARD

Birds On The Brain
Bird Books
Reading materials on birds get better and better.
BY SUSAN CHAMBERLAIN

Small Birds
Manage Small Bird Mess
Follow these tips to keep small-bird mess from becoming a big cleanup .
BY DIANE GRINDOL

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