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Why Do Cockatiels Do That?: Real Answers to the Curious Things Cockatiels Do Paperback – April 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: i5 Press (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188954096X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889540962
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nikki Moustaki has worked in aviculture and bird rescue and rehabilitation since 1988. She writes reguarly about birds for Bird Talk, BirdsUSA, and Pet Product News magazines. She is the author of several books about bird care and training. She holds an M.A. in creative writing from New York University and an M.F.A. in the same from Indiana University.

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With more than a half a million pet books in print and hundreds of articles on pets and their care and training to her credit, Nikki Moustaki is considered one of the country's leading pet experts. She also is an award winning freelance writer, animal trainer, and pet industry expert, and her tireless work feeding shelter pets with her innovative website, The Pet Postcard Project, along with her hands-on rescue efforts and vocal advocacy for homeless animals has led her to be dubbed "Saint Nik."

Nikki Moustaki is also considered an "Urban Dog Guru," specializing in training city dogs for their particular needs. She has published more than 42 books of nonfiction, primarily on the care and training of pets. Her pet books and articles have been translated into 5 languages. Along with working as a dog trainer, Nikki is one of the country's foremost experts on parrots, having authored more than 24 books on birds and their care and training. Her expertise in pets ranges from dogs and cats to fish and hermit crabs, and everything else in between.

An energetic, lively and personable TV and radio guest, Nikki currently hosts a pet-related cable show on The Beach Channel in Miami Beach, and she hosted, co-produced, and co-wrote the national NBC/MSN show, The Celebrity Pet Dish, with her Miniature Schnauzer, Pepper, as her co-host. Nikki has appeared on CNN, Howard Stern (XM Sirius Radio), NBC News, FOX News, CBS News, Martha Stewart Radio, BBC Radio, Animal Radio, Pet Talk Radio, and Talkin' Pets Radio, among others, and was the animal handler for the second season of the Tony Danza Show, where she often appeared on-air along with her parrot and dog. Nikki has also been featured in The New York Times, Glamour Magazine, The Humane Society Magazine, and Dog Fancy, among others.

Nikki also writes, collaborates and co-writes books on a variety of topics. She also created a canine focused blues album, Dog Training Tracks: A Musical No Bark Solution: Blues for Buster, for "alarm barkers" and dogs who suffer from separation anxiety.

A self-professed "pet product geek," Nikki also enjoys working as a consultant for pet product manufacturers, helping them brand, position, and develop their products and succeed in social media. She has worked on projects ranging from microchips to dog toys to pet food research and development. Her many years of expertise with pet products at both the consumer and the trade level give her unique insight, and she is able to communicate about pets and pet products in any medium.

Nikki's two primary interests - writing and animals - collide in her work, allowing her to travel through both the landscape of the literary writer and the interesting world of the pet industry. She writes feature articles for many pet-related magazines, including Dog Fancy, Popular Dogs, Dogs USA, CATS Magazine, Cat Fancy, Pet Product News, Bird Talk, Birds USA, and Water Garden News, among others. Nikki has written for Latina Magazine, the Village Voice, Jane, Time To Spa Magazine, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Magazine.

Her popular websites include The Pet Postcard Project, a fun and charitable site that raises awareness, food, and funds for shelter animals, and has raised over 120,000,000 pieces of kibble for shelter pets. The site has no advertising - all of her efforts are to help feed the homeless pets.

Nikki holds an M.A. in creative writing from New York University, an M.F.A. in creative writing from Indiana University, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from NYU. She taught creative writing at several universities for 10 years, including both NYU and IU, as well as at The New School in New York City. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant in poetry, and has been awarded many national prizes and honors for her writing, including two Pushcart Press nominations, and her poetry and essays have also appeared in various anthologies and college textbooks, including Poetry After 9-11: An Anthology of New York Poets, and America Now, chosen by Robert Atwan, editor of the Best American Essays series.

Before beginning her career as a freelance writer and editor, Nikki worked as an acquisitions and development editor at Macmillan Publishing and IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., where she specialized in the non-fiction market and edited more than 60 non-fiction titles. Nikki splits her time between New York City and Miami Beach with her two rescued Schnauzers, Pepper and Zoey, one rescued Schnoodle named Pearl, and two parrots. When she's not writing, you can find Nikki rocking out on the drums, teaching herself 80s metal on her Gibson guitar, rescuing dogs from the shelter, and working on her various charity projects.

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Interesting read for all you Cockatiel lovers out there.
Bobby
If you are a recent cockatiel buyer or just want to know why your cockatiel does some curious things, this is a good book for you.
S. E. Smith
This is a very informative book written in a lighthearted way.
Kagey

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kagey on November 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
When I saw Why Do Cockatiels Do That from the comical picture on the front I thought it would just be an amusing book about cockatiels. I was wrong! This is a very informative book written in a lighthearted way. I have two cockatiels and I found out things about my birds I never knew. I couldn't understand why they didn't like to take baths, for example, and learned that they are from a more desert type area of Austrailia so it's not in them to like to bathe the way it is with parakeets. I have other books on cockatiels but this one was not only informative but fun to read.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rev Laurel on April 21, 2006
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I bought this book based on Amazon reviews just like this one.

As a very knowledgable bird person who has had birds since childhood, first budgie parakeets and then cockatiels, I was very interested in this book as it seemed to be one of use for even the experienced cockatiel person.

While there are a few things I didn't know before I bought it and while the book is well written and done with great humor, I found it wasn't quite as good as I expected it to be. I expected it to include a lot more of things I didn't know instead of simply telling what I do know in a fun way.

For the more casual cockatiel companion, I think this is a nice book and certainly a great gag gift for someone you know who has cockatiels. But for someone who invests heavily into her birds, it is maybe a little too elementary. Most people who invest in their cockatiels like dog people do for their dogs will probably know almost all of it like I did.

This is a book more for entertainment than education. If you want to be educated on cockatiels, try the serious parrot training books. Those are much more helpful.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2004
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My nine year-old-son son has had his Cockatiel for six months. We've never had a bird before and so some of the stuff "Rosey" had been doing has made us laugh and confused us at the same time. We looked for a "help" book the family could get into together. Why Do Cockatiels Do That? was just the ticket.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Penelope Frankfurter on January 4, 2006
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I'm a relatively new cockatiel owner, and this book offers solid information about everyday bird behavior while still being both fun and concise! My family and I often echo the title by asking "Why does our cockatiel DO that?!?" All of those questions were answered with this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. E. Smith on November 5, 2006
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If you are a recent cockatiel buyer or just want to know why your cockatiel does some curious things, this is a good book for you. I found it very helpful explaining some of the things my cockatiel does.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Road Runner on September 5, 2008
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New to Cockatiels, this book was funny and informative. Recommend this book for anyone beginning to learn about these fascinating birds
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Smith on August 4, 2007
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I've had cockatiels for years and just accepted their behavior as eccentric (which it is). Finally someone has shown me in a humorous way why they do some of those incomprehensable things. Cockatiels are still a little weird, but now I understand them a lot better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. G. Kelly on January 19, 2009
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This book answered almost all of my questions about the behavior of these interesting birds.
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