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National Aviary offers support to parrot owners through “Positive Parroting” classes


October 4, 2013 [Pittsburgh, PA] – Parrots are the third most popular pet in the United States, following dogs and cats; there are 17 million pet parrots in the U.S. today. Many pet parrot owners struggle with caring for these extremely advanced birds, resulting thousands of parrots being relinquished each year. The National Aviary aims to help current and prospective parrot owners through a series of “Positive Parroting” classes offered this fall on October 26, November 16, and December 7.

With the intelligence of a six-year-old human but the emotional maturity of a two-year-old, parrots can challenge the patience of even ardent bird lovers. When owners are overwhelmed and don’t know how to meet the needs of parrots, the parrots may be voluntarily relinquished by the owners. 


 “Many people don’t realize the amount of attention and mental stimulation parrots need. In addition, they require specialized housing, nutrition and even toys to maintain proper mental and physical health. Even small birds like parakeets have these needs,” says Dr. Pilar Fish, Director of Veterinary Medicine at the National Aviary.


The National Aviary’s “Positive Parroting” classes are designed to enhance the relationship between parrots and their owners by giving parrot “parents” the education and skills to raise and maintain happy, healthy birds. The classes can also help prospective owners decide if they are up to the rewarding, but complicated task of caring for a parrot for its lifespan, which can be up to 80 years!


Classes are offered from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the following topics:


  • October 26: The Healthy Happy Parrot. Learn how to create the best environment for your pet, from cage design and perches to safe toys and healthy diets.
  • November 16: Pet Bird Enrichment. Redirect chewing, screaming and other problem behaviors with natural activities your parrot enjoys, and make toys to take home to your pet.
  • December 7: Training Your Pet Bird. Get the best results from your training through positive reinforcement. Includes live training demonstrations with National Aviary birds.



 The cost per class is $25 for nonmembers. The classes are for humans only; please leave pet birds at home. 



About the National Aviary

The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. Located in West Park on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, the National Aviary’s diverse collection comprises 500 birds representing more than 150 species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild. The National Aviary’s large walk-through exhibits create an intimate, up-close interaction between visitors and free-flying birds, including opportunities to hand-feed and to meet many species rarely found in zoos anywhere else in the world. Hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. For admission rates and more information visit


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