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Parrot Wizard Glossary of Parrot Terms

Adopt - the process of acquiring a parrot from a source other than the breeder or primary source. Adoption usually involves getting the parrot from a rescue or from a previous owner.

Avian Vet - Unlike a regular cat/dog vet, an Avian Vet is specialized in the specifics of avian medicine. Parrots are small and more fragile, so having a veterinarian experienced specifically with birds is very important.

Beak - the outer portion of a parrot's mouth made from keratin similar to finger nails. It is used for grabbing, chewing, drinking, climbing, feeling, biting, and playing.

Bird Store - a store that sells parrots and parrot supplies. Shop the Parrot Wizard Online Store.

Bite - when a parrot clamps its beak onto a person's skin. However, parrots can bite for many different reasons. Article and video about How to Stop Parrot Biting.

Boarding - the process of having a parrot cared for by someone else or at a facility while the owner is away. Video about boarding parrots.

Breeder - a person or company that sells baby parrots from the parent birds that they have.

Bridge - something that notifies a parrot that positive reinforcement has been earned and will be coming soon. A clicker is the most common and effective device to use for a training bridge.

Cere - the nostrils of a parrot.

Clicker - a small box that when pressed makes a click sound. A clicker is used to mark the moment a parrot has made a cued or desired action that will be reinforced shortly after. Get a Parrot Wizard Clicker.

Clipping - the process of cutting of the primary wing feathers on a parrot in order to deter a parrot from flying by making it difficult or painful when it attempts to fly. Video of wing clipping.

Cloaca - the hole on a parrot's bottom from which all things come out including poop, urine, sperm, and eggs.

Cue - a signal that a person makes that will request a specific trick or behavior that the parrot has been or is being taught.

Eye Pinning - when the pupils on a parrot's eye rapidly become very small. This is usually a sign of excitement. Depending on the context of the situation, this can be happy excitement or aggressive excitement.

Flight Recall - calling a parrot to fly to a person's hand or to a perch through training. Article and video about flight recall training

Foraging - the process of a parrot seeking out food through a challenge rather than simply by taking it from a bowl. Parrot Wizard offers foraging toys.

Grooming - the process of cosmetically trimming a parrot's claws or beak and sometimes wings.

Harness - a specially designed bird leash that prevents a parrot from flying away from the owner outdoors. A harness should generally be used as a just in case safety belt rather than a primary means of keeping a parrot from flying away. Get a harness for your parrot.

Hormonal - when a parrot's behavior changes due to reproductive drive, often but not exclusively in an aggressive way. Often is is triggered by changes in season, light, humidity, food, or physical contact.

Motivation - a drive or measure of a drive that a parrot has to offer behaviors for the rewards being offered.

New World Parrot - Parrots originating from South America. Video of conures in the wild.

Old World Parrot - Parrots originating from Africa or Australia. Video of cockatoos in the wild.

Out of Cage Time - the time that a parrot spends out of the cage on a tree stand or with people. Article and video about out of cage time.

Parakeet - a small parrot with a long tail. Ringnecks are parakeets whereas lovebirds are not.

Parrot - a bird with a hook bill, zygodactyl feet (two toes forward and two facing back), that is highly intelligent and often capable of vocalization.

Pellets - a manufactured bird food that provides complete nutrition to parrots

Perch - a stick or branch that a parrot can stand on. Check out the Parrot Wizard selection of NU Perches.

Plucker - a parrot the mutilates its feathers by chewing or pulling them out.

Positive Reinforcement - something that is given or done to a parrot that will increase a behavior. Positive reinforcement is a crucial element in parrot training and behavior. Article about positive reinforcement.

Preening - when a parrot runs its beak through its feathers to condition them. Video of Cape Parrot preening.

Punishment - a consequence for a parrot's behavior that is meant to reduce or deter that behavior in the future. However, often attempts at punishing a parrot is ineffective because parrots are prey animals and will learn to avoid or bite a human to avoid recurrence of punishment.

Quarantine - a period of time (often 30 days) that a newly acquired parrot should be kept apart from other parrots in the home prior to introduction to prevent illness

Rescue - a place that shelters parrots that do not have a home and usually offers them for adoption. Rescue can also be used to call a parrot that has been rescued from a terrible situation. Check out Ginger's Parrots Rescue, a wonderful parrot rescue organization to support.

Reward - a food, object, or action that the parrot likes that when given in response to a behavior will cause the behavior to be positively reinforced.

Taming - the process of building a parrot's trust of humans through reduction of fear through desensitization and positive reinforcement

Target - a process of showing a parrot a target stick in order to teach a parrot where to go. Useful for behaviors such as step up, flight recall, and teaching the parrot the turn-around trick. Article and videos about parrot target training.

Target Stick - a stick used for teaching a parrot to target. You can order a target stick here.

Terrible Twos - the adolescent phase that parrots go through between being a baby and an adult. They often have substantial mood and behavior changes during this period, can become bitey, and can change allegiances between the people or birds around them.

Training - the process of building a parrot's trust of humans through teaching actions and behaviors. Examples include step-up training, flight training, and trick training. Visit the Trained Parrot Blog for lots of free articles and videos about training.

Training Perch - a perch on a stand used for training. A training perch contains minimal space and distraction so that a parrot on that perch can be more focused on the process of training. Learn more about Training Perches here.

Treat - a piece of food that the parrot likes that when given in response to a behavior will cause the behavior to be positively reinforced. An article about treats for parrots.

Tree Stand - a natural or artificial tree or play gym for a pet parrot to be able to spend time on, eat, and/or play with toys. See the full selection of Parrot Wizard Tree Stands.

Trick - a cute behavior that you can teach to a pet parrot. Example: teaching the parrot to wave, fetch, or play basketball. Parrot Wizard trick training toys.

Water Bottle - a bottle providing clean drinking water to a pet parrot. Usually, the bird can press a ball to release the flow of water at will. Parrot Wizard offers a Bird Watering System.

Zygodactyl - a parrot's feet which point two toes forward and two toes backward allowing for better climbing up or down. Most perching birds have three toes facing forward and one facing back.

If you are wondering about the definition of different words you hear about parrots, here is a small dictionary of common terms you will hear relating to pet parrots. Here we define many of the frequently used terms and lingo as it relates to companion parrots in captivity

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