Choices, Not Labels Help Birds Learn

by Lisa Desatnik

Dreyfuss, my pionus, is a bird who—if I’d let her—would spend much of her day sitting next to me or on me, frequently with her head down for rubs. So why was it that this sweet girl would lunge at my arm and even bite it, whenever I’d put my arm in front of her body before asking for a ‘step up’ from her inside cage perch?

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