I love parrots.
This year, I need to get a mate for Parrot. It’s really the least I can do for her. They’re like cats, in that you can keep two as easily as one. Like a slave, she can never be free. The only quality of life she has is the one I provide.
Did I tell you that I let her fledge? I did! After much deliberation, I let her grow out her flight feathers. She is three and a half years old, and had never been able to fly. Her first owner kept her in a PARAKEET CAGE for a year and a half and never touched her. Her second owner, who was a really good owner, nevertheless keeps all her birds clipped. It is not an unwise policy. The bird gets out the door or the window, and it’s dead.
But birds are designed to fly. It is simply what they do. In their natural state, they fly for miles every day.
I let Parrot’s feathers grow, and eventually, she started taking the occasional, cautious lap around the apartment. She’s still pretty clumsy, but she’s new at this! Sometimes she flies into my room (she can see me from her cage in the living room), crash-lands on my bed or desk, stares at me, and then flies back to her cage. Sometimes she gets lost when she can’t see her cage, so I gently approach her and pick her up. She steps onto my hand when I offer it, even when she is afraid. I am moved by this. She trusts me! She has never once bitten me.
Like a small child, she loves it when I watch her. You know how kids say, “Watch me do this!”? Parrot is like that. Just watching her makes her happy and excited. She sees me watching and starts to do her Happy Parrot Display Dance. She darts back and forth and turns around and lifts her wings and trembles. When she first started doing this, I was alarmed, and consulted the parrot experts on this internet parrot forum I belong to. I thought maybe Parrot was flipping out. The experienced parrot owners told me that Parrot was doing a “Hello, Friend!” greeting.
She makes the noise of the microwave beep, the cell phone ringtone of her last owner, the hiss of the radiator, and she is trying to talk. She can almost say her name.
I love my Parrot.
These are YouTube videos I enjoy which feature awesome parrots:
African Grays are probably the smartest birds on earth. I have read nothing which indicates otherwise.
Bet you anything this cockatoo wants to go to the trees. That is sad, but I love how expressive he is. Cockatoos are the most emotional (as we understand it) of parrots. That is why they self-destruct in captivity.
This is a senegal parrot, like Parrot! This guy is a terrific parrot owner. His parrot loves the hell out of him.