Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

tags: , , , ,

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 six months old in this video. This training session focuses on teaching the bird how to pick up and retrieve a small ball. [8:52]

Comments

  1. #1 Tlazolteotl
    November 9, 2007

    This is something I’ve never considered, though this looks like a perfectly reasonable thing to do. One thing I’ve always done with my birds is, when they would start acting fidgety, I’d say, “poop!” so that they learned to associate the word with the act. So now they at least try to poop on command (I don’t tease them, I just use it when they have that fidgety look!). Of course, they’ve picked up other things on their own. I used to say “good night” before turning out the lights, so they would know they needed to get oriented before the lights went out. Now, if I stay up what they judge is “too late,” my Congo admonishes me by saying “good night” until I get the hint.

    Keep us updated on how the training goes!