Mark Steiger and his parrots

Mark Steiger Parrot Show
1976 2005 2021

45 years separate these photos, which testify to a long love for parrots. But this passion started much earlier:


Mark Steiger, whose real name is Markus Lichtensteiger, was born on May 18, 1953 in Basel, Switzerland.

Mark Steiger 1959

At the age of about six years Mark Steiger tamed his first birds: wild pigeons and a canary named “Pibs”. Mark Steiger’s father bred canaries.


Pibs could successfully unpack a hidden grain from a small silk paper ball. It could also remain sitting on a small electric train, which rolled on an oval. Each time when the train drove under a tunnel made of a shoe box, Pibs jumped and passed over. It hopped on the tunnel’s other side on the driving train.


Because of this bird Mark Steiger carried the surname “Pibs” during many years.


When he was about eight years old a budgerigar flew into Mark Steiger’s room. Since nobody required it, he had kept this little bird “In the beginning it was an extremely shy bird, but by chance I discovered a method, which permitted it to me, to win very fast its confidence and to get him tame.


"Since then I have been able to handle birds well, but I still learn something new every day. "

Mark Steiger acquired the diploma of the Business School in Basel (KHS) and the Federal Matura Certificate with the goal to become a veterinary. After beeing booked as an amateur juggler at the City Theatre of Basel in the opera "The young Lord" (H.W. Henze), he decided to grant a sabbatical until the beginning of the study in order to perform as a variety artist.

Mark Steiger remained for  twenty years touring the world as a juggler and the veterinary studies have definitely been buried. He stopped this international career at the age of about forty-six and settled down in Cannes (France).

During twenty years Mark Steiger toured all over the world as a professional juggler. What has this juggler career to do with parrot training?

“You need a lot of patience to become a good juggler. Large patience is indispensable to train birds, too.

My long juggler career helps me also to perform with my parrots in front of  public:
The parrots know no hierarchy and hardly obey for this reason; they only do what they like. Their behaviour and reactions on stage are often unforeseeable!

Juggling is also an art with surprising errors. One must be able to bear the pressure to juggle before public without losing the nerves. Both, a juggler and a parrot trainer need a lot of self-control.”

ara hyacinthe  
Luna (anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)
Smudge (cacatua alba)
Ruby (ara chloroptera)
Pompon (cacatua moluccensis)
Luna (anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) + Jolie (ara catalina)
Billy (cacatua sulphurea)

Cracotte (amazona aestiva) + Smudge (Cacatua alba)

Saphir, 24/04/2014 (ara ararauna) + Smudge (cacatua alba)
References (since 1980):

Theatres, night-clubs, cabarets, casinos, circusses, cruise-ships:Casino LOEWS, Monte Carlo; HANSA-THEATER, Hamburg; GOOD OLD DAYS VARIETY, Leeds; FRIEDRICHSTADTPALAST, Berlin; Casino du CAP VERT, Dakkar; FOLIES BERGERES, Paris; NOVEMBER CLUB, Tel Aviv; AMADIL, Agadir; WILLIAMS CLUB, Milan; MAXIM'S, Geneva; COPACABANA, Athens; GOP, Hannover; Casino RUHL and NEGRESCO, Nice; URANIA, Berlin; Casino de POVOA DE VARZIM, Portugal; SOUTH SIDNEY JUNIORS CLUB, Sidney; PALM BEACH, Cannes, OESTERREICHISCHER NATIONALZIRKUS (Saison 1987), SUN LINE CRUISES, COSTA MARINA, ACHILLE LAURO.............and hundreds more!

TV-shows, films, documentaries:
ARD (Germany), ORF (Austria), TVE (Spain), RAIUNO (Italy), RTL (Germany), TF1 (France), SAT1 (Germany), Paris Première (France), WDR (Germany), ARTE (France, Germany), M6 (France), RAITRE (Italy), FRANCE2 (France), TF1 (France), FRANCE3 (France), TMC (Monaco), W9 (France), NRJ12 (France), TELECINCO (Spain), SIC (Portugal), MDR (Germany), D8 (France), .NDR (Allemagne), TV Val d'Isère, RADIOBREMEN (Allemagne), GULLI (France),..........................

Compete against Ruby in a difficult memory test !


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Parrots Solve Complex Puzzles on Their Own




Luna, the ice skating parrot


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Hyacinth Macaw On Ice Skates 



World record parrot Smudge opens locks and doors


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Cockatoo Opens Intricate Locks After Owner Trains Him




Parrot Luna performs amazing ski tricks on slide

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Parrot Performs Amazing Ski Tricks On Slide



Parrot Ruby perfectly completes shape puzzle on its own


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Parrot Completes Geometric Shape Puzzle on Its Own



Cockatoo Smudge removes rapidly 20 keys from a keyring and deserves a drink ! (Guinness World Record)


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Parrot Removes Keys From Key Ring With His Mouth



Mark Steiger

Villa "Le Tour du Monde"

9, rue de Cannes

06150 Cannes (FRANCE)


Phone: 0033-(0)6 09 84 05 07