Cockatiels for Dummies

Cockatiels for Dummies

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By (author) Diane Grindol

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  • Publisher: Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 234mm x 15mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 29 June 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Foster City
  • ISBN 10: 0764553119
  • ISBN 13: 9780764553110
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, index
  • Sales rank: 92,230

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Natural-born charmers, cockatiels are small colorful parrots native to the Australian desert. When raised by people, they're usually calm and cuddly and have an inquisitive, adventurous disposition. Cockatiels are just large enough to be handled easily, but they're not so big that they require a great deal of space in your home. And while the cockatiel's gentle nature and captivating personality encourage you to form close and lasting relationships with them, taking one into your life brings with it a host of specific requirements and responsibilities that you really need to be aware of before you take the leap into being a cockatiel owner.Written by a leading national expert on companion birds and a lifelong cockatiel owner and breeder, "Cockatiels For Dummies" is your total guide to adopting, caring for, and forming a loving relationship with one or more of these diminutive parrots. It gets you up to speed on how to: Decide if a cockatiel is right for you and your familySelect a healthy cockatielProvide a suitable indoor environmentSupply a satisfying and nutritious diet for your petTrain your cockatielCommunicate with your bird through body languageInterpret your bird's moodsBreed cockatiels for fun and profitAuthor Diane Grindol provides loads of sensible, easy-to-follow advice along with fun facts, trivia, amusing and informative anecdotes, and tips on how to have a great time with your feathered friend. Among other important topics, she fills you in on what you need to know about: The pros and cons of pet stores versus breeders when choosing a cockatielAssessing a bird's health and disposition and getting a health guaranteeFeeding, grooming, caring for, and socializing your petExercising your cockatielTraining your bird to be a great companionKeeping your little pal happy and healthy for lifeA fun guide for you and your cockatiel, "Cockatiels For Dummies" is the only book you'll need to help you have the best possible experience with this smart, perky, incredibly loveable avian breed.

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Author information

Diane Grindol is a columnist for Bird Talk magazine. She holds educational seminars for companion bird owners and speaks regularly at bird clubs and avian events throughout the United States.

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Find out about raising and living with your pet cockatiel The information you need to enjoy your cockatiel The cockatiel's gentle nature and captivating personality encourage you to form close and lasting relationships with these diminutive members of the parrot family. With tips on dealing with the cockatiel's breeding and nesting behaviors to advice on feeding, housing, and training, this useful guide will have you singing for more. Discover how to: Select a healthy cockatiel Provide a suitable indoor environment Supply a satisfying and nutritious diet Train your cockatiel Communicate through body language Interpret your bird's moods The Dummies Way(TM) Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Tear-out cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and fun Get smart! Attention pet owners! Get free Dummies Daily(TM) e-mail newsletters Sign up for tips on a variety of pets Keep your pet healthy and content - the Dummies Way(TM)