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Abby Abi Abbie banyard - 2008-09-06
My senegal is cute. (: He says Kiss. and blows a kiss. He says hello and night night and stuff. He's only 3, (: but the thing is, he really doesn't like my brother. This type of bird is probably best with a couple or a single person. Also don't tease them, they remember. I love jasper, he's one of the best friends I could ask for. He's amazing, very loving, and he puts his head down for a scratchy scratchy. He also loves the curtains and tends to climb on them. He likes to have an oaty bite for his breakfast. He doesn't like parrot food that much, but we give it to him any way. He eats the chilies and the peanuts and sunflower seeds, but he doesn't really like the other seeds. So we have to give him seed sticks and lots of fresh fuit and veggies. He loves ice cream and yogurt for treats and if he's really lucky he gets a bit of tea. He drinks it straight from the cup. Hes very interactive, and doesn't like to be on his own much.

I love jasper.

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MiMi - 2008-09-06
I have a five-year old Senegal (Skippy) whom I rescued almost two years ago. Up until a couple of months ago, he was very sweet and loving towards me. Then, out of nowhere, he bit me and decided he doesn't always like me. He, too, seems to have developed very "Moody" days. Some days, he's okay and approachable, and then other days he sits with his back turned towards me. We have two other birds in the house (a Blue-Gold Macaw and a male Eclectus), and neither of them have the mood swings that Skippy has. From what I was able to gather from the rescue organization, he was originally given up because he started biting his family. They finally stopped trying to interact with him because of it, and finally turned him into a rescue organization. Up until just recently, he never bit me; he always wanted to be with me; and was always very loving. Now, it depends on what mood he's in. I can't figure it out, because he is very well taken care of. Any ideas...

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bill - 2008-09-01
Nicholas is my six-year old redbelly. I got him as a companion to my Meyer's, Dax, but she is imprinted on humans and will not tolerate his advances. Nonetheless, I think they may enjoy just being around each other while I'm out of the house.

Nicky is a great talker and has mastered about 75 words. He says, "Good morning!" each morning, "Goodnight, sleep well!" when I put him to bed, "Don't eat the glasses!" as he runs up my shoulder to try to grab them, and "Bye bye" or "I won't be gone long" or "I'll be right back," when I leave the house. He just seems to pick phrases up without any effort on my part.

I worked and worked to no avail trying to teach Dax, my Meyer's, to talk, but she is a wonderfully sweet parrot, who loves all humans. Nicholas is more of a one-person bird. The two of them are great company for me, and I wouldn't trade them for anything.

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Dave - 2008-08-09
It all started when I bought a bronze-winged Pionus parrot from a breeder; a little rambunctious parrot who got more unruly as time went on; I tried everything, but the bird just drove me crazy. I tried to sell him; no takers, but a guy who rescues parrots contacted me and said he had a little Meyers Parrot that he'd trade me. Don't get me wrong; I loved the little Pi, but after a while, I couldn't stand to be in the same room with him. A true 'type-A personality' Pionus.

The little female Meyers I got, 'Jill', is 5 years old. She doesn't really like to be head-scratched a lot (which is just as well; big ol' me is afraid of accidentally hurting her)...she can ride on my shoulder all day; she likes to preen my lower lip when she's on my shoulder, she loves mixed veggies, especially carrots, and I now have full bird-food dishes in 3 different locations here in my small house. Jill sat on my shoulder almost the entire way during the 100-miles of highway I drove to get her home.

Before I got her, Jill was paired with another Meyers named 'Jack'...Jill made herself available to him, but Jack didn't have a clue; later on, the pet-rescue guy adopted Jack out, leaving Jill alone in a big room full of birds. I think that Jill almost sees me as her mate...she'll look at me, bow down, and extend her wings, driven by the forces of nature, and I feel sad for her...so then I'll put her on my shoulder and stroke her back gently, try to make her feel loved...and she'll emit little chirps when I do that.

Compared to the Pionus I had, Little Jill is fastidious, almost dainty. The Pi could screech loudly, but all Jill does is emit little chirps and the occasional high-pitched whistle if she's wondering where I'm at. And even her whistle is delicate and sweet. Jill doesn't throw seeds and other food around with reckless abandon; she's very demure, ladylike, and really is just a sweetheart. She doesn't talk; I don't care about that...I just want her to be happy.

I bought the Pionus because I'd heard Pi's were mellow. But Jill is everything I thot the Pionus would be. If you've ever seen a picture of a Pionus, you'll marvel at their large eyes...I fell hard for those Pi-eyes. In contrast, there's nothing flashy about Little Jill...dark-grayish in the front, little yellow spots on her head and wing-shoulders. But, she's stealing my heart. She's really a dear. We're getting to know each other, and she's a very enjoyable little creature.

I can take her for walks around the neighborhood...I took her inside a little grocery store and she calmly sat on my shoulder as I made the rounds; the clerks and other customers didn't startle her at all. I find it amazing that little creatures such as this tiny bird can trust us big, huge humans. That's pretty amazing.

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Luciana - 2008-08-01
I have the same problem with my two year old Senegal who we named Cosmo. He generally is a good bird when it comes to me and is bonded more to me, however, he dislikes my husband, my son and tolerates my daughter. His temperament changes like the weather does. One day he is warm, sweet and loveable and then he will be totally afraid and leery of me and take flight and scream. I generally am able to figure out what type of mood he is in by his feather position as well as eye-contact but it seems he has become more diffident as time goes by. The only time I see good behavior is after he has been to the pet-store for either an overnight or a visit. He then becomes generally loveable again but mainly towards me. He is always afraid of new people, doesn't bother with people in general and is afraid of his own shadow. We try to keep him out a lot but he still is afraid of his own shadow. I am at my wits end. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks.


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bob - 2008-07-20
Your website is great. My 15 year old Meyers Parrot Ziggy, is cuddly, loveable and talks a little bit. The bird was very thin when I took it home. The vet said to keep Ziggy on species specific (African) Pretty Bird pellets and minimal amounts of vegetables and fruits and add Prime vitamins and calciquid liquid to the drinking water, and now Ziggy is thriving. Ziggy is a bit of a feather plucker when the seasons change. I take Ziggy out of the cage almost every day and sit and talk and listen to music for about 20-30 minutes. I enjoy Ziggy's company. The only thing that puzzles me is that I don't know if Ziggy is a female or male, I wonder if there is any way of telling. I also thought that sexually dimorphic meant that both males and females of the species are very similar, and had to be sexed by blood testing, and wonder if that is that correct. If anyone knows about these two things I would appreciate it. thanks, Bob

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Jaye Lyn - 2008-07-20
Wondering if anyone knows anything about mixed species. I have a Senegal/Red bellied mix named Rain and she is beautiful. I just hope that she is a she, considering the specified colors are oppostite with red bellies and senegals. She says full sentences at a little over a year old and when you say something that she knows to be true she says "I know". And when not getting attention will scream "Hey, come here." or "Let me out, please." Can also say "I love you", but won't be coaxed to say anything, she picks things up at her own speed and decides on her own the best time to say them. She is my beautiful girl, I just want to find out more about her and especially the mixing part, and her sex *need to know!! So if anyone knows please let me know. JayeLyn

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laurie - 2008-07-19
I have a beautiful Myers Parrot named Joshua. He loves me immensely. If he climbs out of his cage after I've left the door open, he will waddle all around until he finds me, climb onto my foot and up my pant leg, up my shirt and onto my shoulder! He does however hate my husband and will actually chase him away from me! I don't know if anyone else has a Myers Parrot that has turned completely yellow over his head and down to his back but it seems as though my bird is becoming more yellow all the time. His chest is the seafoam color and his tail under his wings is turquoise. He is about 6 years old now and has never spoken one word. I'm not sure why, but apparently he is very content not to. I didn't want a noisy bird but I was hoping he would speak alittle. I enjoy his temperment and the way he is so mischevious! He loves to go out and has traveled to so many places with me! He's a great bird!

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Brendan - 2008-07-02
My senegal is very mean and selective. He bites everyone in the family very hard except for my mom. Does anyone have any advice on how to confront this behavior? Thanks

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Vicki - 2008-06-23
I am looking to adopt a Red Belly Parrot (male). I have a femals and she is looking for a mate. If anyone can help us as soon as possible, she is a little over 1 year old.

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  • patricia - 2010-04-24
    When you find a mate and they breed please update on here and I'll give you my contact info because I would like to get my daughter one for her birthday.
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