Do you have a pet parrot? Would you like to learn more about your parrot’s behaviour? So would we!
Researchers at the University of Guelph (Canada) and the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) are seeking parrot owners or caretakers who are willing to participate in an online survey focusing on their parrot’s behaviour and living environment. We are interested in all psittacine species: from budgerigars, to cockatoos, to macaws – and all species in between. We would like to collect information on both healthy, problem-free birds and those with health or behaviour problems. We invite you, as the owner of a pet parrot or parakeet, to participate in this international research project! You can be assured that your important contribution will help to improve the welfare of captive parrots. And, who knows? Maybe you’ll learn some new and interesting things about your own parrot in the process…
What do we ask of you?
As a survey participant, you will complete an online questionnaire about your parrot.
The questionnaire will take between 30 and 45 minutes to complete (over as many sessions as you like). Read more about it here…
In addition to asking some general, background questions about you and your pet parrot, the questionnaire will cover topics such as your bird’s history (e.g., where your parrot was bought and how it was raised), living environment (e.g., housing, enrichment, nutrition, daily routine), and behaviour (including the presence or absence of different problem behaviours).Any information you provide will be handled confidentially.
How can you participate in this survey?
To participate in this survey, you’ll need to first register yourself. We can then send you a personalized link that you’ll use to access, complete, and submit the questionnaire online. You can even store your answers if you’d like to complete the questionnaire over more than one session. Read more about it here…
To register, click on the link at the bottom of this page You will be guided through a short series of questions that will determine which version of the questionnaire you’ll complete (this depends on what type of parrot you have). Finally, you’ll be asked to provide your email address and preferred language. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be registered – and you can expect to receive your personalized survey link via e-mail within one week.
Want to know more about the background of this project?
Read more about it here…
This survey is part of a large, international research project that aims to collect information about the demographics, husbandry, and behaviour of pet parrots worldwide. We will use this information to study differences among parrots of different species that have different biological characteristics. Also, parrots in captivity may develop various behaviour problems (e.g., “feather plucking”) that are difficult to prevent or treat because there is little scientific information available about what causes them. For this reason, another important goal of our study is to identify risk factors for some common behaviour problems of pet parrots.
Your contribution will be extremely valuable! Not just to us, but also to parrots in captivity worldwide, since the information you share will improve our understanding of normal parrot behaviour in captivity and highlight factors that may play a role in the development of common behaviour problems. With this knowledge, we can make informed predictions about how to best optimize our parrots’ living environments – or about which solutions might best reduce, or even prevent, problem behaviours from occurring.
Are you interested in the results of this study? If so, then please keep an eye on this website. After the project is complete, we will post our findings here so that you can read about the things we have learned…
Should you have any questions or remarks about this survey or our research project, please click here to access a contact form that you can use to send us a message.
We thank you for your consideration and hope that you will decide to participate in the survey!
|Yvonne van Zeeland |
DVM, MVR, Resident in Avian Medicine and Surgery
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Animal Welfare & Behaviour Group
University of Guelph, Canada
The survey is available in the following languages: