Let’s play a game. Imagine you are standing in a room, maybe 6 feet wide and 10 feet long. Spread out your arms. Can you touch the walls? Probably not, so you have room to stretch when you need to. The walls are glass, air flow is good. A small sink provides water for you to drink. Your bodily function of elimination is covered, we don’t really need to go there. A door opens now and then and food is pushed inside. You have one chair to sit in and two items which on closer inspection are puzzles for you to take apart and then put back together. Over and over and over. Continue reading “All the World’s a Cage”
Who do you think of when you think Conservationist? Maybe someone famous like Jacques Cousteau or someone unheard of like the many parrot caretakers around the world. No matter who comes to mind, they are all people and have real things happen in their lives. Continue reading “Conservationists are People”
Someone in my area keeps losing American budgies. Back when I lost my lovebird, Jake, someone called me to say they found him. In reality, they had found a blue budgie in the dugout of the school baseball field. No one claimed her, so I kept her. Continue reading “Escapees”
All of my flock individuals have meaning and connections with me. That’s why it is so difficult to consider downsizing over the next few years. Some of my special birds have become even more close and loving as their situations change and one or two have become less tame. Continue reading “Connections and Reconnections”
It’s HOT in Southern California and I do not live with air conditioning. So I’m going to ramble on about a few things that come to my mind. And actually stay long enough for me to write them down. Continue reading “Summer Potpourri”
My bird club, North County Aviculturists, has been around for going on thirty years. Many of the members currently are older, retired, and facing the realization that they need to rehome or find a way to care for their birds in the event of their death. We’re not attracting many young members. The same core of people volunteers and take on all the offices and positions over and over again.
To answer the first question you must have, no, there is no pun involving egg that I will refuse to stoop to. Just get over that and we’ll continue. Ready? Continue reading “Eggs-Periment”
Over the holidays, I bird sat some chicks that were being hand fed a couple times per day. Five were lovebirds, two were sun conures, and one was a male Eclectus parrot. The last is such a beautiful bird to have around at Christmas. His feathers glow a deep green with a touch of red at his wing edges. Continue reading “Why Amazon Parrots are Green”
One reason many pet bird lovers give for having birds as pets is the entertainment value they bring just by being themselves. Sure, parrots and many birds can be training to do tricks, but none of the following fun events involved any training. These were all natural behaviors. Continue reading “Unexpected Avian Entertainers”
A while ago I watched a video about a woman who redid her entire house to cater to her parrots. The house was beautiful, with closets designed to be safe hiding places, lots of high roosts, and water and food in intelligent places. I am lacking in Google-fu and can’t exactly find that video. So far. But if I had the money, I certainly would make my home into a paradise for my flock.
I don’t have birds as big as these macaws, but the branches up on the cabinets are a great idea.
Here’s a famous macaw named Tango, star of a movie called The Real Macaw.
I really like the Parrot Wizard, his manner with his birds is gentle yet firm. In some of his videos, he shows the new bird rooms he created in his home for his birds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYeIqM6w2kE
San Luis Obispo residents know the best parrot owner in town is this guy. http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2014/06/02/3092620_parrots-downtown-slo-vern-ludwick.html?rh=1
This video is not all that funny, but it’s cute and I think living on a sail boat with a parrot is a natural match. Arrg! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpgVL0hisCk
Speaking of Pirates, that wonderful series of Disney movies featured a macaw which in fact is played by two different birds. They put in 10-hour days, but they get to be with Johnny Depp. It’s a tough life. http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-news/bird-entertainment/animal-trainer-pirates-caribbean.aspx
Parrots have been with us humans for a very long time. In fact, they were here first. Alexander the Great, Marco Polo, as well as many presidents of the US have enjoyed parrots. http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-news/bird-entertainment/bird-history.aspx
By the way, if you have your heart set on moving to Hollywood and training exotic animals for films, you better hurry. http://seattletimes.com/html/entertainment/2022900854_movieanimalwranglersxml.html
Another option is to be a parrot or animal psychologist and cater to the wealthy Hollywood Stars. Here’s a list from Planned Parrothood of famous people who had parrots. http://www.plannedparrothood.com/famousowners.html Micky Rourke finagled the inclusion of a cockatoo in Iron Man 2 because of his affection for his own parrot.
As you would expect, some of the best kept birds have to work for a living, but there’s a lot of job security involved. http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-news/bird-entertainment/cookies-birthday.aspx
This blogger searched Pinterest to find pictures of many of the folks in the list of famous owners. http://classicsbythesea.blogspot.com/2013/08/famous-people-with-parrots.html
I’ll work on my skills in locating parrots of the first feather, but leave you with this very important public service announcement: Don’t go driving with your bird after you had a few. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1256642/Owner-Pirates-Of-The-Caribbean-parrot-jailed.html
I’ll be back on Thursday.