Something I want to point out that I feel is really cool, is that I started intentionally working on teaching Morgan, a 7 year old camelot macaw, to be BRAVE through desensitization training.
Literally, I just posted about it in a previous blog post here.
The next thing that happened? Morgan got brave enough to not only make her first flight to my couch but also to make her first descent!
Descending is the hardest skill for a parrot to learn - and convincing them it's in their best interest to master can sometimes be difficult because of how scary the failures are within the process.
The next thing I worked on was getting Morgan and my blue throated macaw, Jinx, to tolerate one another enough to share a 5x8 space. This will encourage Morgan to start using her WINGS as transportation, get her more active overall and let some observational learning kick in, too. Jinx will be able to teach her what things are classified as scary, and what things are not.
Jinx is a show bird, so he doesn't classify a whole lot as scary. This is great for my end goal of getting Morgan to free fly outdoors as the outdoors has a lot more elements to it.
Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.