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Charlene Chua
Sunday, Jun 29, 2014

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Manhunt finalist is a parrot whisperer

The New Paper | Charlene Chua | Sunday, Jun 29, 2014

Mohd Razif, Manhunt Singapore 2014 finalist. He is the co-founder of Parrots Network, who charges $300 to $500 per four sessions to tame parrots and teach them tricks.

He's the Manhunt Singapore 2014 junior category finalist with the most unusual occupation.

Mohd Razif could well be Singapore's hunkiest "parrot whisperer".

The co-founder of Parrots Network, who charges $300 to $500 per four sessions to tame parrots and teach them tricks, entered this profession by chance.

A few years ago, when the buff dude was organising events such as children's parties, he would take along a parrot to entertain the kids.

On such occasions, there would be guests who asked him to train their pet parrots.

Realising there was a demand for it, he set up his company two years ago and has been specialising in bird-training ever since.

The interesting thing is that he has never received any training himself, opting instead to read books and research online on parrot behaviour.

One thing that he feels parrots can't do, however, is to tell fortunes or predict winning 4D numbers.

Mr Razif, 27, who joined Manhunt to get over his shy persona, told The New Paper: "The thing about parrots is, if you just leave them be, they'll likely be too scared to do anything and will move only if they are commanded to do so.

"The clicker training (which uses sound cues and food rewards) is the most renowned method of training parrots.

"I've also developed the Bird Magnet, which has helped owners successfully train their birds," said Mr Razif, who has a female sun conure, a medium-sized type of parrot.

But, he added: "If people chance upon 'fortune-telling parrots', its the owner or trainer who is the one making the prediction and just making the birds carry out their wishes."

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