New Mexico State University professor Tim Wright, who studies the genetic relationship of parrots and vocalization, will appear in an upcoming PBS documentary titled “Parrot Confidential” and airing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 on KRWG-TV.
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The parrot beak; formidable, powerful, dangerous, wondrous. And it hurts like crazy when it pierces our skin. Just why do parrots bite? In the words of Susan Friedman, Ph.D, “Most biting, regardless of situation, is to remove intruding hands that cannot be removed any other way. Birds learn to bite to communicate 'no' because we don’t listen to lesser communications of 'no'.” I try to explain to people that every animal has a right to say 'no', so, if you don’t want them saying 'no' with a bite, what behavior are you willing to take?”