Clicker Training a Red-Fan Parrot To Play Basketball

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As some of you know, I recently added a four-month-old hawk-headed (red-fan) parrot, Deroptyus a. accipitrinus, to my household. I plan to learn how to clicker-train this bird (I already have the necessary tools and books). Below the fold is an example of another young Hawk-headed parrot, named Scooter (owned by Jeannie), who was approximately seven months old in this video. This training session focuses on teaching the bird how to place a small ball into a bowl. [4:14]

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Looks to me during part of this exercise as if Scooter was thinking, "C'mon, mom, just let me play with the &^%$#@! ball."

By (not verified) on 16 Nov 2007 #permalink