The Sky Riders

Published on Apr 23, 2016 A documentary film showing the benefits of free flight for parrots. Ray Varella explains training birds for free flight using positive reinforcement techniques. Members of the West Wings Free Flight Club that Varella founded in 2009. Members of the club discuss their reasons for joining and the training of their parrots. Bj Rose

African Grey Demonstrates Extreme Foraging

Published on Apr 17, 2016 by CB Buckley  Extreme Foraging doesn't need wings -- it just needs the right setup and the natural skills of the parrot. You can take any foraging toy that they've mastered in/on the cage and upgrade the challenge.

Babies Playing

Published on Mar 6, 2016 Hyacinth Valley, Piaui, Brazil 2005. Video by Charles Datz Two baby Hyacinths begin playing very gently, but the playing gets a little too rough for one of the babies and he leaves. Notice the adult

Gucci Sings "Tequila"

PPublished on Jun 6, 2014 Gucci sings "Tequila" with some help from Disco, who is off-camera. JM Csaky

Meet Disco the incredible talking budgie -
Wild at Heart: Episode 1 Preview - BBC One

Published on Jan 14, 2015 Programme website: When budgies mimic their owners they are simply doing what they would do in the wild. They learn their names from their parents and also the distinct calls of their family.

Kung Fu Fighting

Published on June 20, 2015 JM Czaky

Parrots + Fireworks = ??? (dealing with fear)

Uploaded on Jul 6, 2011 by CB Buckley Many creatures are afraid of loud noises like fireworks (including young children). Parrots are no different. In the wild, parrots are prey, and by instinct are highly sensitive to things that seem like they could be dangerous. Obviously, the sudden loud noises with bright flashes of fireworks would certainly fall into that category. However, parrots normally like loud noises. Anyone who has ever spent time with a pet parrot will know that the parrots make their own loud noises--some capable of ear-splitting decibels! And parrot behaviorists constantly warn people that yelling at parrots to stop screaming will often create the opposite results, as parrots consider the screaming to be a "fun game." So, it's not the noise, itself, that is the problem--it's the unknown and unexplained without any prior warning for the fireworks noise. Therefore, with a little help, parrots can learn that the fireworks aren't dangerous. Once they learn that, it turns out that they actually like the flashes and booms. The way we discovered this was quite by accident. We didn't know our local community fireworks were going to happen one night when we were out walking with Bobo, our Grey. Suddenly, we heard a low boom and then saw a fireworks display starting in the distance. We began to hustle home because we thought Bobo would be terrified. But as we were heading homeward, Bobo kept turning to watch the lights. Since we were a good distance from the fireworks site, it wasn't very intimidating to her--and she was fascinated. We found a high ground and stopped and let her watch. We were amazed at how well she liked it. We then introduced the conures to fireworks--with the same results. We moved closer each year, and this year was the first time we were right there, on-site, at the event. As you can see in this video, our guys were not only calm...they made happy noises as they watched! So...for Zorro, Grasshopper, and Bobo, the answer to the equation is...

Look out Kung Fu Panda! EPIC FAIL Dragon/
GH Parrots Fighting

Uploaded on Jun 13, 2011 by CB Buckley In the spirit of Kung Fu Panda, comes these two stick-fighting birds. As you can see, these great warriors--zorro dragon and little grasshopper--are masters in the art of...uh...the epic fail :p