Call Jamie at 281-217-0614 or email ParrotHelp@ABCBirds.com
Jamie Whittaker is a certified avian behavior consultant with over 30 years of experience working with parrots and other birds. Jamie and her husband own and operate a specialty bird store in Texas, specializing in parrots. She does in home behavior consults locally as well as telephone consults nationally.
Jamie is what many professional aviculturists consider to be one of the most comprehensive and flexible behavior consultants in aviculture. Her approach to behavior problems is positive, natural and practical. A good training plan should become a part of day to day living with a parrot. Positive solutions, taking natural behaviors and their functions into account, should be practical enough that they don't create a problem in day to day life. The best training plans are simply new ways to interact with the flock to keep everyone living in harmony.
Jamie has successfully completed Dr. Susan Friedman's "Living & Learning with Parrots" course as well as the professional course "Living and Learning with Animals". She is a certified member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and a professional member of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE). She has completed the Certified Avian Specialist (CAS) course with the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC)as well as the American Federation of Aviculture's "Fundamentals of Aviculture" courses I and II.
She is currently the President of the American Federation of Aviculture, Inc. and serves on the board of National Parrot Rescue and Preservation Foundation.
Jamie’s broad integrative perspective allows her to formulate customized approach across behavioral techniques for the individual parrot and owner’s situation. After all, no two people, and no two birds, are exactly alike, and each relationship is unique. The science of behavior, including positive reinforcement, is fairly straight forward and understandable. However, applying the science successfully and consistently to eliminate negative behavior or promote positive behavior requires a critical appraisal of the environment and formulation of a plan. Jamie is able to utilize and synthesize the various methods learned in the context of her certifications to customize an approach that works for each of her clients