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This blog is for sharing training information from my experiences with Carly, a Congo African Grey parrot who was born in December 2004. Carly was severely clipped as a baby and never fledged. We started training at about a year old, and flight training at 1 1/2 years as her flight feathers grew back in.
Activities in the bird training community
- founding member of the IAATE Companion Parrot Committee
- graduate of Dr Susan Friedman’s Living and Learning with Parrots
- Parrot Behavior Analysis Solutions tutor
- Carly Gets Her Wings: Flight Training an Unfledged African Grey Parrot, Good Bird Magazine, Spring 2008 (pdf file).
- Training Your Parrot to Recall, Good Bird Magazine, (in press, Summer 2009)
Our training plan can be found in this blog on the Recall Training page, and some of the many helpful training resources I use are listed under Training Resources. Individual blog posts also contain notes and thoughts from along the way, as well as updates on training the new members of the flock.
Commentary on this site is my opinion, informed by my training experiences and education from other trainers. Guest posts are copyright by the respective authors.
Carly and I live in San Diego, California, with young CAG Piper (hatched March 2008), little White-faced Grey Cockatiel Rocco (found homeless June 2008), and the ever patient and long-suffering large cat, Fergus (hatched St Patrick’s Day 2001). A little girl White-faced Grey ‘tiel who needed a new home also joined us this fall (hatched approx. June 2008). I am an oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD.
A little bio: Meet Dr. Rasmussen & Carly Lu, San Diego Bird Breeders Journal, November 2009.
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Photographs by Hillary Hankey © 2008 (top and banner), Roelant & Jonker, © 2009 Cityparrots.org (bottom)