Of all pet birds, parrots inspire the most lasting devotion from their owners. This affection stems largely from the birds' intelligence, sociability, longevity and humorous characteristics. In addition to parrots, "The Parrot Companion" will cover parakeets, parrotlets, lovebirds, lories, conures, macaws, cockatoos, cockatiels, Amazons, Pionus and Caiques. Because parrots are exotic birds, and some species are endangered, the book will emphasise responsible ownership and proper concern for conservation of threatened species. Chapters will cover getting started and deciding which bird is right for you and your home/family, the characteristics of various parrot families and species - with a focus on the most popular varieties, such as the African Grey - as well as behaviour and psychology, taming and training, cages, feeding, hygiene and health (including travel health), importation and breeding and taking your bird outdoors.