Online Pet Parrot Resources

Part of the Parrots For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Owning a parrot requires a certain level of interest in these tropical birds, and the Internet is a great place to slake your curiosity. The following Web sites offer a range of information from caring for individual birds to preserving these feathered creatures.

  • The Alex Foundation: Very informative Web site for Dr. Irene Pepperberg’s research on Alex, an African grey parrot, and two other greys. If you want to know about parrot intelligence, this is the site.

  • Association of Avian Veterinarians: Find an avian vet in your area.

  • Avian Protection Society: A group promoting the welfare of parrots everywhere. Excellent resource for adopting a parrot or for parrot behavior and welfare issues.

  • The Avian Welfare Coalition: The AWC is a working alliance of representatives from bird adoption, rescue, and sanctuary groups, humane societies, animal advocacy organizations, published research biologists, animal behaviorists, shelter and research veterinarians, and attorneys and other animal law specialists dedicated to the ethical treatment and protection of birds living in captivity and in their natural habitats.

  • Foster Parrots: Run by Marc Johnson, is dedicated to improving the lives of parrots as pets and in their natural habitats. You’ll find information about rescue and adoption in this site, as well as lots of other good stuff.

  • Free Parrots: A great parrot news site run by Harvard biologist Mike Schindlinger, who also runs the Oratrix Project, an in-depth study of the language of wild Amazon parrots.

  • The Gabriel Foundation: A nonprofit corporation promoting education, conservation, rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, and sanctuary for the needs of parrots everywhere.

  • My Toos: Thinking about getting a cockatoo? Please check out this site first!

  • Natural Encounters: Cool site featuring one of the best-known trainers in the world, Steve Martin, who has pioneered the art of training a variety of birds and animals through positive reinforcement. The site contains lots of practical training information.

  • The Shyne Foundation: This site details the benefit of free flight in parrots and shows you how to build a free flight habitat.

  • Tropical Nature Travel: Want to see parrots in the wild? This organization offers tours for just that purpose.

  • World Parrot Trust: This charity funds projects and promotes parrot conservation and welfare. Great information on parrot welfare and links to parrot resources.

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