Unique Avian Solutions
for Breeding, Genetics,
and Companion Parrots
Speaker Presentations
The following talks are presented by Linda S. Rubin as PowerPoint presentations. To schedule or inquire about
a program, workshop, or seminar, fill out the form below or email  
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Presented at the American Federation of Aviculture's 2011 convention in San Francisco and at the International
Association of Animal Behavior Consultants 2011 conference. After many years writing for Cage & Aviary Birds
(UK), Linda Rubin was invited as keynote speaker to address the first International Cockatiel Symposium in
Brisbane & Sydney, and had the opportunity to journey into the Outback of St. George. There is much to be
learned about parrot behavior in captivity by learning about their behavior in the wild. Australian parrots,
including cockatiels and cockatoos, are some of the most popular species of parrots kept in homes. This
presentation will show the correlation between flock behaviors observed during field research in Australia and
the behaviors of companion parrots we keep at home. Topics covered touch on ultra-violet vision, sentinal
birds, vocalizations, night flights, foraging, and more.   
First presented at the 2008 Canadian National Show in Toronto, Canada, this talk delves into a complete
overview of Cockatiel Culture and the decision-making criteria on whether to own, breed, or even exhibit
cockatiels and the many dimensions of cockatiel ownership. Topics include Natural Characteristics, Normal
Behavior, Interaction with Other Species, Health Care, Diet & Nutrition, Housing & Toys, Daily Care &
Maintenance, Supervision, Training & Exercise, Help with the Egg-laying Cycle and Brooding Behaviors in Pet
Hens and Aggressive males, Hobby Breeding (deliberate or accidental), the Breeding Cycle, Providing Daily
Companionship, and Long-term Commitment. Geared for both the novice and experienced owner with
natural history and Outback photos included!  
Presented at the Canadian Parrot Symposium - East, and a popular program over the years, Cockatiels are
the #1 pet bird in millions of US households. Yet, after decades of captive breeding, new challenges face
today's aviculturist.
In recent years, husbandry techniques gathered from avian research studies have
benefited cockatiel breeders by directly improving their breeding studs, or increasing their rate of
reproduction as an aid to breeding success. The dramatic appearance of fascinating new color mutations
has sparked a collective interest in both newcomers and specialist breeders alike.  Whether offering
handfed tame babies, breeding pairs, the latest mutations, or top exhibition stock, the cockatiel has
remained the most popular pet and aviary bird in America.  Designed for all levels, this program shares
fascinating research studies and highlights over the decades, explaining key elements to successful
reproduction and husbandry management of America's most popular avian species.
Presented at the American Federation of Aviculture conventions in San Francisco and San Antonio, and a
popular program at meetings over the years, this sojourn into the world of exhibition parrots, cockatiels,
lovebirds and budgies examines the science and art of showing Psittacine birds. The origin of competitions,
comparison of livestock, and positive benefits of exhibiting are discussed as an art form to improving type,
standards and improvement of future generations.  The science of exhibition is examined by looking at
show standards that influence the genetics and future of livestock and their genotypes.  Practical
information on show training, grooming, how to prepare for shows, and what it takes to make a champion or
grand-champion exhibit.  From classifications, show mechanics, and  the judging process, to filling out the
entry forms and show cage tags, this program will make showing much more fun and easier to understand.  
The author of show standards and a Certified Panel Judge for the Society of Parrot Breeders & Exhibitors,  
the Cockatiel Foundation (and a former NCS & NAPS Panel Judge) judging shows in the US, Puerto Rico, and
Canada since 1984, Linda shares techniques on how to improve chances on the show bench, or just how to
properly condition and prepare your parrot to look its very best - and keep it looking that way!
Presented at the Australian International Cockatiel Symposium in Brisbane and Sydney, Kaytee Great American
Bird Show, and other venues, discover the plethora of colorful hues, shades, patterns and unusual
combinations in the world of cockatiel color mutations. New, r
are color mutations and their myriad
combinations are impacting cockatiel circles both on and off the show-bench at a challenging rate. The
formerly known "rares" of yesterday are increasingly spotted at bird fairs, inscribed in show classifications,
and rooted throughout classified advertisements, with a growing list of contemporary mutations that continue
to surprise.  A delight to the eye, this program is designed for both the budding cockatiel enthusiast and the
seasoned breeder. Primary mutations, popular crosses, rare colors, modes of inheritance and explanations
on how pigments work together, with tips on producing desirable color depth and markings and comments
on exhibition, foundation stock and gene pools. Both entertaining and a delight to watch, by the end of the
program - you will know your cockatiel mutations!
Presented at the American Federation of Aviculture convention in St. Louis, this forward-thinking discussion
focuses on the dynamics of responsible livestock husbandry practices that deal with genetic issues affecting
the health, fertility, parenting, and longevity of the smaller hookbills that can be raised in greater numbers..
Topics include such questions as, “Is a bigger bird necessarily a better bird?” “How are we ‘setting’ inherent
parenting skills and how do we prevent breeding fertility and desirable parenting skills out of our existing
stock?” "Can we avoid producing birds with shorter life spans and smaller clutches?” “Are we sacrificing too
much in order to produce more saleable offspring or top exhibition stock?” “What will happen to the
reproductive quality and longevity of future breeding stock? This discussion targets working with basic genetic
principles that will enhance and safeguard the viability of breeding stock and its contribution (or contamination)
to the gene pool at large. This discussion examines the genetic influences affecting the flock whether producing
quality pets, future breeding stock, or the establishment  of high-quality exhibition stock.
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Presented at the American Federation of Aviculture convention in San Francisco, this program explores the
dynamics of livestock husbandry principles that focus on building viable, healthy bloodlines of foundation
breeding stock while maintaining and improving lines over time. Discussion
includes linebreeding applications to
set desirable traits, building family characteristics and creating a quality breeding stud geared for the long-term.
A linebreeding program on genetics without the complications of learning the language of genetics, it speaks to
the aviculturist whose ultimate objective is to build a genetically viable, robust stud to produce healthy breeding
and pet stock, while optimizing family breeding and/or exhibition lines. Topics include: the difference between
linebreeding and inbreeding, setting desirable traits such as clutch size and fertility, linebreeding techniques to
build and fortify strains, obtaining genetically desirable breeding stock, dispersing progeny to protect the gene
pool, signs of deterioration of the stud and preventive measures, avoiding lethal factors (immune-compromised,
handicapped, dead-in-shell chicks), selective controls including closed banding and registration of stock, and the
ethics of producing healthy breeding stock and quality companion parrots for the future.
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Presented at a number of shows, events and private meetings since the early 1980's, this original
Workshop is a unique one-of-a-kind, 3 hour teaching seminar that will enable you to learn all you need
to work out your own cockatiel pairings.  No knowledge assumed other than being able to identify the
primary mutations (e.g., Lutino, Pearl, Cinnamon, Pied, Whiteface, Silver, Fallow, etc.).  Learn from the
beginning in a relaxed, step by step method that is more progressive than those frustrating Punnett
Squares. The workshop teaches how to progress from very simple pairings to more complex
combinations including cross mutations and multiple mutations. Learn the inheritance mode of all the
colors, both popular and rare, so you can easily calculate your own crosses without assistance - at any
time!  Includes information on recombinant genetics (crossover) to cover those unexpected surprises in
the nest too. Personally taught by Linda S. Rubin to private groups, this successful and popular workshop
taught during the 1980's was the basis for Linda's first workbook, Cockatiel Genetics Made Easy.
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