Bobbi Brinker's "For the Love of Greys" changed the way many grey owners lived with their parrots. A long familiar name in the world of parrots, Brinker was a hobby breeder of African grey parrots for many years before she retired. In those years she dedicated herself both to understanding the species of parrot she loved and to education for the people with whom they share their homes.
Brinker begins the book by explaining how to facilitate good behavior rather than imposing household rules. This method of shaping through positive reinforcement encourages grey parrots to be bold, confident, curious and invested in the relationship with their humans.
Continuing, Brinker addresses the myths about grey parrots. Have your heard that they are clumsy? That they are one person birds? That they are pluckers? You will definitely find this chapter interesting as the author clarifies and dispels that things that most of us believe are a grey given.
With other chapters discussing life stages, nutrition, toys, health and managing stress with what is often a sensitive species, you are sure to discover many ideas and facts that will make your bird's life better.
I love "For the Love of Greys" and think that everyone who lives with an African grey parrot should read it whether they have only just begun or having been sharing their home with a grey for decades.
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Ms. Brinker's love and respect for these birds is obvious throughout the book. She offers sound, sensible information in a series of thought-provoking articles. The book represents the author's deep convictions drawn from years of observation and experience hand raising grey babies. Common misunderstandings about African greys are explained clearly and with an inescapable logic. The book contains important and vital information presented in a clear and relevant way for prospective African grey owners. Although the title leads one to conclude this book is exclusively about grey parrots, it is an important guide and reference for owners of all parrot species.