Table of Contents

 Chapter 1
 VALUE OF PETS
Popularity

Birds become our friends

Brings nature into our lives

Entertainment and recreation

Helps overcome loneliness

One of the least understood pets

Birds can contribute ...

Pride of ownership

Bird care is relatively easy ...

Overcoming fear of animals

Pet birds can bring unexpected happiness

One of the hardiest of the world's creatures

 Chapter 2
 BIRDS CAN BECOME
  VALUABLE PETS

Life in the wild

Birds can become valuable pets

Communication

Learning ability and performance

Emotions

Love

Joy

Loneliness

Fear- The culprit

 Chapter 3
 BIRD BEHAVIOR

A Learning experience

Mimicking

Work and Play

Suspicion

Mirrors and Shining objects

Escape

Fighters or bluffers

Scolding

Vacations

 Chapter 4
 TAMING

The First Days in a New Home

Preparatory Measures Before Taming Starts

Communicating - An Important Part of Friendship

Feeding a Hungry Bird

Touch Taming for Parakeets and Other Small Birds

Contact Taming for Larger Birds

 Chapter 5
 CAGE, EXERCIES AREA
  and FURNISHINGS

What's Best for Pet Birds?

Living Area for Pet Birds

The Danger of Cages

Cage Paper

Cage Cover

Perches

Equipment-Bird Bath

Food and Water Cups

Recreation Equipment

 Chapter 6
 NUTRITION

Bird Owner #1 Priority

Why "High Octane" Food for Birds?

Commercial Diets are a Bonanza for Pet Birds

Diet Supplementation with Table Food

Seed in Birds' Diets

  Vitamins, Mineral, Grit

The Thirsty Bird

Normal Weight-Overweight

Mealtime Should be a Special Occasion

Introducing Pet Birds to New Foods

 Chapter 7
 ENVIRONMENT

Pet Bird Surroundings

Prepared or Unprepared for Cold and Drafts

Heat

Humidity

Clean Air

Cage Location

Daylight and Darkness

Music and Other Sounds

Hot Air Ducts

 Chapter 8
 FACTS & CARE;
  BEAKS & NAILS

The Incredible Beak

Psychological Need for Beak Activities

Physical Need for Beak Activities

Care to Prevent Beak Problems

Nail Trimming

 Chapter 9
 FACTS & CARE;
  EYE & EAR

Remarkable Eyes, Amazing Vision

Communicating Animals Require Good Hearing

 Chapter 10
 FACTS & CARE;
  FEATHERS

An Engineering Marvel

Feather Facts

Preening

Bathing

Molting-A Time for Special Care

Feather Picking

Ruffled Feathers

 Chapter 11
 FACTS & CARE;
  RESPIRATORY SYSTEM

A Superior System

A System Worth Protecting

Signs of Respiratory Problems

Recommendations

 Chapter 12
 FACTS & CARE;
  DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

A Super Efficient System

Passing Droppings

Interpretation of Droppings

 Chapter 13
 THIRTY-THREE DANGERS

THIRTY-THREE DANGERS

 Chapter 14
 SIGN OF SICKNESS
  and EMERGENCY TREATMENT

Birds are Masters at Hiding Signs of Sickness

Signs of Sickness in Pet Birds

Emergency Treatment

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