Kili Senegal Parrot – Variable Ratio Reinforcement Flight Recalls

June 9, 2010

Lately I’ve been experimenting with intermittent reinforcement schedules for recall flight training my Senegal Parrot. By using a variable ratio of reinforcement and slowly thinning it out, I can achieve more recalls from my parrot for less treats. This means more training and more exercise before the bird gets filled up on treats. In this video I have Kili do 10 short recalls to me for a single treat that was randomly given for one of those 10 flights. She has to try all 10 times because she doesn’t know when the treat is going to come. I have collected 10 days worth of data and performed some analysis on the effectiveness of variable ratio reinforcement specifically for flight training in this article: Enjoy.