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Dav Anson - 2007-10-30
I aquired Cookie (a meyers parrot) about nine months ago. He talks a lot. He knows mommy, daddy, cookie, peta, call mommy and several other words. He has become the love of my life. I would recommend a meyers to anyone considering a parrot. He does bite but only when he feels threatened. He loves to be cuddled and is learning new tricks every day. I had no experience training birds before I got Cookie. I just applied the same love techniques I used with horses and dogs.

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Heather - 2007-10-28
Hi,
I own a darling little Meyer's Parrot named Sweet Pea. I have had her for about 6 months now, and bought her as a baby. She is hillarious. She had figured out that the spray bottle that I spray the cats with has water in it. She will chew on the front trying to get water out, then I will gently spray the water in her mouth. She comes back again and again. I read above that they are not cuddly, well Sweet Pea is a total cuddler. She insists on being held and loved before bed. She screams only when she can't see me, and is starting to talk. She totally sounds like a robot. She also makes darling clicking noises with her mouth. She is the best. Heather

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Jim Hebert - 2007-10-23
Hello, My name is Jim and my Senegal, Murphy is 26 years old. He has quite a personality and usually between October and January he roams all around his room chewing on things. He likes to hide in a winter hat and he likes it when I tap on his beak while he is in hiding. He likes most food even lobster. He is quite loud at times and is only friendly to me. He doesn't take to anyone else. I don't take him outside anymore because he got loose once and I took about an hour to get him back. And he will not tolerate being in a cage. He hates it and will destroy the cage until he gets out. He has a large perch that he stays on. He is quite a joy to own.

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Gina Cross - 2007-09-21
I have an even greater appreciation for my little Tuco after she flew off the other night and I had to wait until daylight to find her - not knowing if I ever would see her again. Luckily I heard a whistle she makes and then kept calling her name and then I would hear that whistle again. I looked and she was in a bush waiting for me. I love her so much. She sleeps on my head every night, tries to steal my floss when I am flossing my teeth, and loves to hop on me when I am vacuuming and ride along. She is mostly bonded to me but tolerates others. I can't put her near my Grey or she tries to show her who is boss. I thank God for a second chance with her. I tried clipping her wings some more but she still flies, so I have to be a whole lot more careful.

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Kathleen Unsell - 2007-09-14
In June 2006 we adopted our little Meyers from our dear friend, James, who left the U.S. to teach in S. Korea. What a JOY "Tut" is to us! He adjusted very well to his new home although his first 4 years of life were spent with James. He loves to go on outings in the car, in public (of course we keep his wings meticulously trimmed), and hang out with us at home whether it's outside or throughout the house. He takes daily showers which he loves, and if missed he'll make a HUGE mess in his water bowl trying to bathe. He loves to cuddle and be scratched and petted. He is cautious but friendly to strangers, giving everyone a kiss! Tut, as most Meyers do, mimicks sounds from around the house but has no vocabulary. He is such a character too! When left alone, he'll make car alarm noises until we go get him from the cage and take him with us into the other room. He is fiercely protective of his cage but rarely nips, just strikes out with warnings to "back off!" If he is in the mood for you to be "in" his cage, he'll welcome you despite his protective nature. Tut loves fortune cookies and he'll dip them in his water before eating. He is so cute! I NEVER expected to be so attached to a bird! He is my precious little friend! Thank you, James, for entrusting Tut to our family.

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amy21uk - 2007-08-30
My dad bought my grandmother a Senegal over 27 years ago, since she passed away 11 years ago, he has lived with us and fits in nicely... though he definitely is not the nicest parrot out there! he doesnt do affection (apart from with his metal bell that he loves to hold and rub his head on) and he hates my dad and my other grandmother. She can't sit within 5 feet of him without him going mad at her. He's never talked though for years we tried to teach him and he wasn't having any of it. He does like to impersonate ringtones though, and you always know when he's feeling lonely as he does the ring to get you to come into the room. His best friend is the dog, but she definitely knows who's boss! And i swear they can talk to each other as he always informs her when the postie is coming. He may be a pain in the neck but our family really would be incomplete without him.

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laurie - 2007-08-22
Roxie is my first Parrot. I had my eye on a Caique available through a rescue group but after doing much research, I decided to adopt a Meyers that became available. She came to me full grown and was about 2 years old.

As soon as I adopted her, I took her to the vet and she was given every test known to birds. She passed all with flying colors (no pun intended) and it was then I found out the name fit...Foxy Roxie was indeed a girl! She's now been a part of my family for 5 months and I couldn't have asked for a better companion bird. She LOVES to cuddle, just wants to be close to me and sits on my shoulder and on occasion, climbs up to "hair surf". Thankfully, she is not prone to biting. Roxie does not talk. She actually doesn't even whistle. I get a few pops and snaps and that is about it, she has however formed her own rendition of a barking dog which is SO CUTE! It stops me in my tracks everytime I hear her bark! It's not a real dog bark sound but I know what she's trying to do and it's hysterical!
I LOVE this bird and am so thankful I was lucky enough to be able to adopt her! Don't forget about older birds, they need good homes too and are JUST as lovely as babies.

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Patty - 2007-08-16
I have shared my home with my Senegal for over 16 years. He is absolutely the best guy I have ever had! He loves everyone and will go to them upon first meeting. He has never exhibited any of the moody behavior described and although I am his favorite human he is not exclusive. He has a large vocabulary and sings happy bird day to me every morning. His zest for life is refreshing and adds to mine every day!

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vinnyvangough - 2007-08-11
Just bought my mate a senegal parrot for her birthday, talk about a brill pet. It's flying round the room and drinking all my bloody coffee! Also attacking the ribena, lol.

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Kimberly - 2007-07-02
I adopted my Senegal about 5 years ago from a rescue. He wasnt abused, but the nurses in the nursing home had no idea what to do with him when his first owner could no longer care for him.

When I read on here about Senegals: "Their voices are softer, quieter and gentler than their larger african cousins like the African Grey." That does not describe my feathered friend at all. He can (and does) get louder than a Cockatoo, and when it comes to trim time he is definitely as strong as one.

But I love him and cannot imagine my life without him. I call him my "other son". I get grief on ocassion that the bird eats better than the humans in the family do. His favorite meal is spaghetti with meat sauce (he gets it ALL over his face!) with green beans and garlic toast. He also has a very demented sense of humor, even to the point of poking fun and laughing at me (particularly when I sneeze). If he hears me mumble something he says, "Whaaaaat?" One of his favorite activities (besides putting holes in my shirts and flapping about in the shower) is swinging and saying, "Wheeeeeeee!"

The dogs and cats have quickly learned that THE BIRD is the boss over them (one quick nip to the nose did that). One time I caught the bird feeding his scraps to Scruffy the (gentlest) dog.

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