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The Influence of Age

Find out whether adopting a bird that is younger or older makes sense for you

By Mattie Sue Athan

Raising a “perfect parrot” from weaning through adulthood is like trying to raise a “perfect” human. Baby parrots don’t come with dispositional guarantees. Wheather a bird developes behaivors in response to a bad wing-feather trim, damaging perches, an explosion, fire or simply inappropriate (usually unintentional) reinforcement; unwanted behaviors usually appear and (hopefully disappear off and on throughout its lifetime. If inappropriate behaviors are reinforced, they can be expected to continue.

While a parrot is a parrot is a parrot, extreme variations exist among the different species – even between birds of the same subspecies. In addition to choosing a type of bird whose needs and behaviors can be expected to fit well into a particular home, the bird’s age can also affect a successful placement.


**For the full article, pick up the 2007 issue of Birds USA**

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