The Complete Pet Bird Owner's Handbook (Revised Edition)
by Dr. Gary A. Gallerstein
Published by Avian
Covers all aspects of pet bird ownership, including
selection, nutrition, behavior, home physicals, emergency medical
care, preventative medicine, and much more. Presented in seventeen
chapters, this book provides guidance on getting started, achieving
optimum health, and understanding what your bird needs from you
for a happy, healthy life. Includes an index of health and illness
signs, general index, bibliography of additional resources, and
superb photos and illustrations to support the detailed text. You
will consider this book to be the most essential reference in your
avian library, a constant source of reliable advice, assistance,
and assurance for your bird's well-being.
"Wow! This book is a gem. Packed with information
and good insight, it needs to be a part of every pet bird owner's
library. Dr. Gallerstein has done it again!"
— Brian L. Speer, DVM
Dipl. ABVP, ECAMS
Co-author, The Large Macaws and Birds
"The Complete Pet Bird Owner's Handbook
is a valuable addition to the home library. It encompasses a broad
range of practical information from behavior and diet, to recognizing
various illnesses and quickly stabilizing medical emergencies during
those important minutes it takes to get to the veterinarian. Those
new to bird 'parenthood' will learn much from it and veteran bird
'parents' will find The Complete Pet Bird Owner's Handbook
a quick and valuable source of reference."
— Chris Davis, "The Bird Lady," companion
bird behavior consultant
Author of Demystifying
Pet Bird Behavior
Co-author, Training Your Parrot the Alex Way
"I thoroughly enjoyed the 3rd edition of Dr.
Gallerstein's great book. I have recommended his book for my clients
for years and look forward to offering the new edition to my bird-owning
clients. This book is definitely a must-have for bird owners. I
strongly recommend it."
— Amy B. Worell, DVM, ABVP
"The contents of the The Complete Pet Bird
Owner's Handbook are as good as the dramatic book cover promises.
Dr. Gallerstein has made the third edition of the handbook user-friendly,
and it's full of current information in this rapidly growing field.
This book should be in the library of anyone with an interest in
pet birds, including bird owners, aviculturists and veterinarians.
The book is comprehensive, covering topics such as selecting a bird,
proper caging and furnishing the cage, avian anatomy and physiology,
basics of bird breeding, avian veterinary care, and when birds and
owners part. The chapter on medical emergencies is particularly
helpful because it begins with a table that lists the common avian
emergencies with a rating of 1–3 stars to determine how quickly
veterinary care is needed. Conveniently, there is an index of signs
of illness observed by bird caretakers, with pages in the textbook
that cover that subject. There is also a general index.
The new edition comes nine years after the second
edition. Although there are parts of the text that have not changed,
this new edition is easier to navigate and contains more information
in the areas that are currently of greatest interest. The chapter
on behavior has tripled in size and covers many more species, including
a section on behavior of finches and canaries. The book contains
more than 120 additional pages, compared with the second edition.
This reasonably priced book is a valuable reference to have on the
— Rhoda Stevenson, DVM, ABVP
"Book Reviews: For Your Client's Library,"
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA),
Volume 225: Number 12, Article 1859, December 15, 2004
Item Number: 132
Pages: 441 pp.
Illustrations: Color and black/white photos and other
Size: 6" x 9"