Parrots make a wonderful alternative to the traditional pet. Theyre as loving, intelligent, companionable, and entertaining as a cat or a dog but they surpass them by far in many other ways. They dont require walks around the block, theyre perfect for apartment living, most have long life spans, and theyre full of personality. Besides, when was the last time you saw a vibrant blue cat or had a conversation with a talking dog?Whether you are just thinking about buying a parrot or youve had parrots for years, Parrots for Dummies is full of helpful information about how to be the best parrot guardian you can be. Parrots for Dummies is packed full of useful tips, hints, reminders, and warnings about everything related to parrots and their care, including:Picking a parrotBringing a new parrot homeParrot behavior made simpleTaming and training your birdTravel tipsAuthor Nikki Moustaki, avian care and behavior consultant and author of Parakeets for Dummies, gives you all of her experienced advice about owning, caring for, and loving parrots. She draws on her professional knowledge as well as her personal familiarity with the bird to show you how to make the most of your parrot-guardian relationship. She includes information on:Purchasing and adopting a parrotProper housing and foodParrot illnesses and diseasesCorrecting behavioral problemsLiving in a multiple parrot householdBreeding and showing parrotsIn addition to all the help and guidance, Parrots for Dummies comes with a full-color insert with pictures of over 25 different kinds of parrots to help you choose a new pet that catches your eye or find your existing pets nearest relation. So whether youre buying your first parrot or looking for some advice about an old friend, Parrots for Dummies has something for you.