Gift guide for any person with a parrot or just a parrot lover.
Updated August, 12th 2019
I’ve lived with and traveled with my parrot Coco, for over 7 years. Caring for a bird like Coco, is a lot of work, she requires a lot of attention, homemade foraging toys and so much more. Coco has gotten less and less picky about toys and food as the years have gone by. She will play with and try just about anything that I give her. Some items on this list will be for your parrot and other items for the parrot lover.
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- We all know that having a parrot is a lot of work. Parrots need to forage in order to stay in tip top mental and physical health. The Royal Avian Specialties website has the best foraging toys. My bird Coco loves chewing and shredding the natural wood. If you have a friend or relative in your life who lives with a parrot, do me a favor and get them one of the foraging toys on this website.
2. This book, Getting Started: Clicker Training for Birds, has helped me teach Coco a variety of tricks with a clicker. This course allowed me to teach Coco how to step up, touch a stick, turn around in a circle, wave hello, and we are working on others now. Along with this book I would highly recommend watching a few You Tube videos on clicker training for birds. There is so much free information out there on how to train a parrot. This video show how to initially get a parrot conditioned to the clicker. Some birds might be fearful of it at first, but once they start associated it with their reward (tiny bits of almonds), then they will learn fast (after a few short sessions) that the clicker means treats!
3. Windy City Parrot They always have a great selection of parrot toys, cages, and food. I have been shopping with them for 10 years now and they even shipped some items out of the US when I was living on a small island called St. Kitts. You will also find all kinds of unique seed blends that do not have sunflower seeds or peanuts.
4. Macaw shower curtain by Society6. Society6 is a website where independent artists from around the world can upload their art. Every purchase pays an artist.
5. Alex and Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process- the bestselling book by Irene Pepperberg Anybody with even a slight interest in parrots or animal behavior needs to read this book. “clearly, animals know more than we think and think a great deal more than we know” -Irene Pepperberg
6. Unlikely Companions: The Adventures of an Exotic Animal Doctor (or, What Friends Feathered, Furred, and Scaled Have Taught Me about Life and Love) by Dr. Laurie Hess This is a memoir and a look into what its like to be an exotic veterinarian. The book also has an underlying mystery thread that runs throughout about the unexpected deaths of sugar gliders. If you love parrots then you will not be disappointed in this memoir.
7. The Aviator Bird Harness. This is the only harness I have ever used on Coco. Throughout the 7 years, that I have had Coco I am on my 3rd one. They provide a tutorial on how to get your bird accustomed to the harness. If you watch the bird training videos above in my first link then you should have no problem getting this harness on your feathered friend.
8. Blue parrot carry-all pouches by society6. They come in 3 sizes.