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This review is from: Breaking Bad Habits in Parrots: How Responsible and Sympathetic Parrot Care Can Prevent or Remedy Problem Behaviors (Hardcover)To start: saying "amateur ornatholigist" is much like saying "amateur brain surgeon". An ornathologist is a scientist who studies birds. It is not a hobby. This author is at best a behaviorist or an aviculture enthusiast. There is no standard test or training for either, btw.
It's not totally chockfull of bad advice. A lot of this is true, but because it's true, it happens to be available in every other recently published book about parrot care and for free all over the web.
The biggest problem is that the author is of a common mindset of European bird enthusiasts--that free flight is essential for a health parrot. This is, as of yet, complete conjecture and has not been proven or disproven by any actual authority on birds whatsoever. I myself have very few behavioral problems with my parrots, and they all have managed flight clips (which allow them to coast for a ways but do not allow gains in height or speed).
I cannot recommend this book. In fact, I recommend running from this book like the plague. Just the idea that flight is "vital" to a parrot shows how little the man understands about biology and basic theories. If you want a better option, I'd suggest "Good Bird!" by Barbara Heidenreich. It is certainly the one I'll be getting, as at least it is based on real scientific theory and not just the opinion of some guy that views himself as an "amateur" scientist and thinks gluing bamboo to clipped wings is a GOOD idea.
For the record? I have heard of using bamboo as splints for broken blood feathers. But that's it.
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Initial post: Oct 12, 2012 2:04:32 PM PDT
Amateur Ornithologists do exist - I know this because I used to belong to an Amateur Ornothologists club. And I would compare amateur ornithologists to amateur astronomers for a more realistic comparison, both, in fact, have contributed and continue to contribute a great deal to the science of astronomy and ornothology. And imping (splinting wing feathers) is a commonly peformed surgery by avian vets for all sorts of birds for all sorts of reasons. I think perhaps you are, in fact, showing your biases with your review rather than the author.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2012 8:45:54 AM PDT
Miss V says:
Whoa, I wrote this oh so long ago. Well, no, I'm not biased. Actually, my birds are fully flighted now. I still believe both methods are acceptable and there is still no hard evidence to suggest either is healthier for a parrot.
The title of "amateur ornithologist" may be legitimate for studying wild birds and their habits, but it is not so for specifically parrot behavior.
Imping is great for a wild bird who has broken a wing, but it is completely ridiculous for a domestic parrot, as their flight feathers grow back in on their own very naturally, and as others have said, when you put a potential irritant like at on a parrot's wing, you are greatly risking causing plucking in the parrot, which once it starts, can be very difficult to ever stop.
As for biases, the author straight on says, without lack of valuable evidence and research, that a fully flighted parrot is healthier than a clipped one. That is the very definition of bias.
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