Your E-mail:
Do you like to watch bird videos?


Printer Friendly

Interview With A Parrot Consultant

Bird behaviorist Liz Wilson sits down for an interview with Animal Talk, Naturally!

By Jessica Pineda

A blue-and-gold macaw
Liz Wilson, CVT, CPBC with a blue-and-gold macaw. Courtesy Dan Brueckner

Liz Wilson, CVT, CPBC, BIRD TALK magazine’s Parrot Psychology columnist, was recently interviewed on Animal Talk, Naturally! at Blogtalkradio.com. Veterinary naturopaths Dr. Kim Bloomer and Dr. Jeannie Thomason host this show and speak to a variety of experts on how to care for animals. The show was called “Parrot Talk, Naturally!” and discussed how Wilson started working with birds, what it is like living with a wild-caught 60-year-old macaw, parrots and their speaking abilities and much more.

Wilson, who is no stranger to being interviewed, said this one was different. “It was a lot of fun. I’ve never been interviewed by two people before, so it made an interesting three way dialogue. It was also a different type of interview; people usually have a list of questions on hand before it ever starts. This was more like a relaxed chat.”

In one part of the interview, Wilson discusses an article she wrote for BIRD TALK magazine (“To Speak or Not to Speak,” Parrot Psychology, May 2002 issue), about the issue of birds and speaking. She recalled the negative response to the article, which discussed whether or not a bird should be taught to speak.

“People were surprised that I didn’t care that my parrot talks,” Wilson said, “And I made a lot of people angry by one of my phrases I used in my article: ‘After all, children can speak, but that’s not why people start families.’ I had people telling me that was why they had purchased their bird, because it could talk.”

Overall, it was a fun and exciting interview where everyone learned something new. Wilson said that Thomason, who owns an African grey parrot, “was surprised by how much she learned.”

Listen to Liz Wilson’s interview here:


 Give us your opinion on
Interview With A Parrot Consultant

Submit a Comment or
Join Club
Earn 1,000 points! What's this?
Reader Comments
My Umbrella Cockatoo is a big mumbler and his words are hard to understand, however, his message is usually very clear. So the question, "Does your bird talk"? Is best answered by, "Do you know how to listed"?
Charles, Orlando, FL
Posted: 6/1/2010 1:37:48 PM
WOW, THAT SO AWSOME
MICHELLE, BEERS, NV
Posted: 1/16/2009 4:54:46 PM
cool
lia, des moines, IA
Posted: 12/25/2008 5:15:11 AM
Great - gives a different perspective!
Sunny, Chuburna Pto, Mexico, YT
Posted: 12/12/2008 9:27:10 AM
View Current Comments
Top Products
d
BirdChannel Home | Bird Breeders | Bird Species | Related Links | BirdChannel Editors and Contributors
DOGS | CATS | FISH | HORSE | REPTILE | SMALL ANIMALS | HOBBY FARMS
                       | Birds USA |  
Disclaimer: The posts and threads recorded in our message boards do not reflect the opinions of nor are endorsed by I-5 Publishing, LLC nor any of its employees. We are not responsible for the content of these posts and threads.
Copyright ©  I-5 Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved.
Our Privacy Policy has changed. Your California Privacy Right/Privacy Policy
Advertise With Us  |  SiteMap  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Use  |  Community Guidelines | Bird eClub Terms
BirdChannel Newsletter Signup | Link to Us | About Us | More Great I-5 Sites
Gold Standard

*Content generated by our loyal visitors, which includes comments and club postings, is free of constraints from our editors’ red pens, and therefore not governed by I-5 Publishing, LLC’s Gold Standard Quality Content, but instead allowed to follow the free form expression necessary for quick, inspired and spontaneous communication.

Become a fan of BirdChannel on Facebook Follow BirdChannel on Twitter
Get social and connect with BirdChannel.



Hi my name's QUEEN ANGEL CHRISTY~Thanks for the honor of BOTD

Visit the Photo Gallery to
cast your vote!
Information on over 200 critter species