Truman Parrot Show – How to Teach Basics of Flight and Recall

September 3, 2010

Here is how I taught Truman to make short flights and eventually his first recall. Check out the article because I wrote about all the details and steps for making this happen. The video covers footage from several days of informal training up to the first recall. The training stands you see me using to teach Truman flight will soon be available for sale at 2x for $99 + shipping. I will take some more pictures of them and launch a website for anyone interested in buying a pair. Truman is a Brown Necked Cape Parrot, a Poicephalus Robustus Fuscicollis. In this video I show you how I teach him to walk, jump, and then fly across a small gap between two perches and then eventually to fly to my hand. Feel free to join the discussion about parrot flight training by joining my parrot forum: And please subscribe to and follow my training blog I will have plenty more articles explaining every trick and behavior I train Truman so stay tuned cause you don’t want to miss this. Thanks.


25 Responses to “Truman Parrot Show – How to Teach Basics of Flight and Recall”

  1. kiliparrot on September 3rd, 2010 5:47 pm

    @karenctran I built them myself and have just launched a website to sell them. There are no other stands that are suitable for the kind of training I do so I had to invent my own. Everyone loves them so much that I decided to make them available to anyone that wants a set. I will have videos showcasing them really soon and announce the new site. Check back soon.

  2. karenctran on September 3rd, 2010 5:57 pm

    I can never find those simple stands anywhere! I can only find stands that are either tacky or way too fancy and they cause more than 100$. Where did you get those stands and how much were they?

  3. kiliparrot on September 3rd, 2010 6:08 pm

    @illigersinSpokane On the internet. Expand the video description under the player and the trainedparrot blog link is the one on the bottom. I can’t put a link in a comment or it doesn’t come through.

  4. illigersinSpokane on September 3rd, 2010 6:27 pm

    where is your parrot training blog?

  5. kiliparrot on September 3rd, 2010 7:23 pm

    @illigersinSpokane On my parrot training blog, click about and you’ll find an extensive answer to this question. You can find a link to my blog in more info and on my channel page.

  6. illigersinSpokane on September 3rd, 2010 7:32 pm

    Why did you choose a senegal as your first bird? Out of all the possible species? Or did he choose you at the pet store?

  7. kiliparrot on September 3rd, 2010 8:15 pm

    @illigersinSpokane Because I already have a female Senegal which is pretty small so I wanted to get the polar opposite and get a large male Cape. Just to have a different challenge to try.

  8. illigersinSpokane on September 3rd, 2010 8:32 pm

    Why did you choose a male over female?

  9. kiliparrot on September 3rd, 2010 9:30 pm

    @landonmcnellage They are called Truman’s Training Perches :p

    I made them myself, they are my own special design. I will be selling them on my website really soon. So standby for an announcement about them. PM me if you think you’d be interested in buying and I’ll add you to my waiting list.

  10. landonmcnellage on September 3rd, 2010 9:46 pm

    and i have another question…. what are those perches called beacause i have looked everywhere in the pet stores for one?? thanks

  11. kiliparrot on September 3rd, 2010 10:16 pm

    @landonmcnellage It took a week to get him to this point and I was working at a very laid back pace because I had just gotten him and didn’t want to overwhelm. In the second week since then, I have succeeded in getting him to recall for distances up to 10 feet and that video is coming up soon. Stay tuned.

  12. landonmcnellage on September 3rd, 2010 11:00 pm

    how long did it take ????

  13. AkNeedHelpAk on September 3rd, 2010 11:31 pm

    i know you had a budgie and iam trying to work with mine. what should i reward mine with?

  14. kiliparrot on September 3rd, 2010 11:45 pm

    @IxXbladeXxI So far I’ve been giving him Roudybush Pellets, Pretty Bird Pellets, and almonds as treats. It takes him like 5 minutes to eat a single sunflower seed so I don’t feel like wasting so much time on that. Sometimes I give him a toy as a reward. Basically this training was very informal and just a way to encourage him to stop over from stand to stand and eventually fly over. Now I plan to start turning it into an actual recall flight behavior.

  15. kiliparrot on September 4th, 2010 12:25 am

    @RcAntax Yeah but he’s also a lot bigger. Wait till you get to see them together.

  16. kiliparrot on September 4th, 2010 1:01 am

    @patryric PM me if you need help joining the forum.

  17. IxXbladeXxI on September 4th, 2010 1:33 am

    What are you rewarding him with?

  18. sootykitty on September 4th, 2010 2:11 am


  19. greybirdy on September 4th, 2010 2:33 am

    Great video…. Truman is a star!

  20. kiliparrot on September 4th, 2010 3:07 am

    @iStanleyTV Yeah, quite a suitable video for #100 🙂

  21. newbear95 on September 4th, 2010 3:24 am

    Nice one!

  22. iStanleyTV on September 4th, 2010 4:19 am

    100th video 🙂

  23. RcAntax on September 4th, 2010 5:01 am

    haha very good job! BTW he looks like Kili but with another head 🙂

  24. patryric on September 4th, 2010 5:10 am

    The registration on the forum does not work. It does not accept the codes I enter. I tried 4 times with four differnt codes.

  25. patryric on September 4th, 2010 6:05 am


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