Recommended Reading

Scott Echols, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice)
Brian Speer, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice), ECAMS

Avian Studios, with the help of Dr. Scott Echols (Captive Foraging) and Dr. Brian Speer (Birds For Dummies and The Large Macaws), has just released the Expert Companion Bird Care Series: Volume I.

The first of its kind DVD was created and taught by leading avian veterinarians and bird care specialists. Topics include bird identification, housing, nutrition, toxins, identifying general illness and finding an avian veterinarian.

This 88 minute DVD is the first in a series of videos to be released over the next 2-3 years.

The DVD is designed as a reliable resource on avian care for pet bird owners, bird breeders and a great resource that pet stores can offer their bird-owning clients.

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“I have viewed this DVD twice and each time I have learned something important. As a person who has spent the last 30 years working with parrots, who has attended many conferences and seminars and read a lot of books on avian topics, I think this DVD has a great deal to offer pet bird owners, bird breeders and pet store staffers. I highly recommend this DVD for every person who owns birds. It is a great resource.”

– Laurella Desborough

Graham Taylor

This 8 1/2 x 11 book has a lot of wonderful photos, detailed information on eclectus subspecies and detailed information on the diet and care of eclectus parrots. Written by long time Australian bird breeder, Graham Taylor, this book is a must have for all eclectus parrot owners. It includes chapter on companion eclectus care by L. Desborough.

A digital revised version was released in 2015, and can be purchased here:  Eclectus Parrots, by Graham Taylor

The Basics of Parrot Training: A Live Workshop  Barbara Heidenreich

Everything you wanted to  know to help you get started training your parrot is captured in this video of one of Barbara Heidenreich’s world renowned Parrot Training Workshops. Barbara is famous for her entertaining and enthusiastic presentation style. But her  true gift is her kind and gentle approach to animal training. You will learn how to train your parrot, read his body language, solve behavior problems and watch Barbara demonstrate these techniques with parrots she is meeting for the first time.  Most of all you will learn how to have a great relationship with your bird based on trust. Discover how these training methods can help you have a fun, well behaved and interactive companion parrot. Good Bird Inc