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Pamela S. - 2007-04-19
Skully is our two foot Macaw, living in an African Red Bellied Parrot body!! He is wonderful, playful and very intelligent. He has his entire household "trained" to be at his beck and call. This includes the newest addition to our family, Hershey, an 80 pound chocolate lab puppy. Our family considers Hershey to be Skully's dog. Skully feeds him his leftovers, plays with him, calls him by name and disciplines him when necessary. His favorite phrase is "Hi Baby" which is something that I said to him for only a week before he picked it up. He whistles and sometimes talks continuosly at one minute intervals combining rambling with distinct understandable words and phrases such as "Good Morning, Hello, Good-Bye, Good Night, Trouble." Before I met Skully, I didn't realize that sharing my life with a bird could be so enjoyable!! I look forward to each day that I have with him and am grateful that my life has been graced with his presence!

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Linda Calkins - 2007-03-22
I adopted a 13-year old Meyers parrot after my green-cheeked conure died. Wally Meyers is not the sweetest bird I have ever had, but he is definitely the most interesting. Because of being shoved into a room with little people interaction, it took me over 6 months to get him not to bite and to allow me to touch him anywhere. He still gets a bit fiestly if he is higher than I am, but we work with that. He will allow me to lay him on his back on my lap while I stroke his head. I recently moved from a one-bedroom apartment to a five-bedroom house, so he travels with me everywhere and no longer screams for attention. I still have to find the 'perfect' spot for his cage, but he is patient and loves to be loved.

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Dawn Combs - 2007-02-28
I purchased my 13 year old Senegal about 4 years ago in an Oklahoma City pet store. I paid $250 for both the him and the cage. He was to be a companion to the miniature Hans Macaw my husband has. Plus, since our macaw was completely attached to my husband and would bite me any time I got near him, I wanted a bird of my very own. As soon as "Pierre" saw me in the store he started to flirt with me...scratching his little head and purring in a cute little voice "hellllooooo". I took him home but he didn't talk for about 2 months. The only thing he would say is "bye-bye" (I guess he was afraid I would leave him). Since then his vocabulary amazes me. He asks questions, joins in on conversations as if he's a person too, yells at the dogs and cats, and swears like a truck driver (I swear I didn't teach him this). He is very social (never bites unless startled) and will let just about anyone hold him. He is very affectionate with me and my husband (he calls me "mommy" and calls my husband "daddy"). Almost every week he says something new or does something else that is funny. Our macaw loves Pierre too and they are a great comfort for each other when mom and dad aren't around. At night we cover the backs of their cages with light blankets but leave the front of the cage open. We then push the cages together so they can be close while they sleep. They are both pretty loud birds at times, but if you've got the patience to deal with this, having parrots is loads more fun than having a dog! I feed them both a seed mix daily, along with a variety of fresh or frozen veggies, fruits and nuts. They both adore cheese, scrambled eggs, meat, pasta, and granola bars. I try to limit their intake of foods containing salt or sugar when giving them treats. I read this is not good for exotic birds and can negatively impact the health and lifespan of a parrot. I had one bird store owner tell me he never gives his parrots seed mix...only real fresh food that is nutritious (they eat when he and his wife eat)...weird, huh? I learn more and more about these cute little furry critters every year and it's usually from bird owners like myself.

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Desire Harmse - 2007-01-31
Georgie was given to me as a Christmas gift in december 2006. What a pleasure he is (I think he is a male). In a short space of 8 weeks he hsas learned to immitate the telephone's ring, the alarm, and say's "hello Georgie" and "Kissy Mummy". He imitates a kissing sound which I do when I kiss him. He is a very lovable, energetic and a pleasure to have. He loves me to shower and spray him. In the mornings when we go to the kitchen and do not open his cage quick enough, he rings his little bell in the cage to let us know he is awake and wants to come out.
The only thing that I am sad about is that he will not bond with my husband. I am his everything.

Regards. Desire Harmse, South Africa, 31 January 2007

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Carissa Hines - 2007-01-14
I was adopted by my Meyers in Sept 2004. I named him Guy, although I don't know if he is a she. I have to say that he never fails to amaze me. He talks a lot- although I was told he wouldn't have much of a vocabulary. He also mimicks the microwave and a squeaky door, but he talks a lot, especially in the morning. I catch him practicing his words until he gets it right. He says 'kisses' and makes the smack noise. He says 'hi Guy' and 'hi birdie birdie' (he'll change the length of the word birdie) totally cute. He also says 'step up'. He whistles the cat call, and can do the first verse of the Andy Griffith theme song. Guy will perk up whenever I'm talking to someone else and start making noises like he's in on the conversation... kinda like R2D2 (the best way to explain it.) Guy does bite, sometimes just a little warning grab, but he's been known to draw blood. He isn't overly fond of cuddling, but he'll tolerate it if he knows it is close to bed time. He does love to be petted on his head and neck, not usually under his wings or his lower back, but we're working on that. I have let his wings grow out and he loves making laps around the room. He also loves to take a shower with me, and will play in his water dish when I do the dishes. He will step up on strangers, but isn't overly friendly until he knows you. He loves wood toys and especially the pinyata ones he can shred. He enjoys cut up fruit and veggies, and especially raisins and peanuts in the shell. I'd recommend a meyers to any first time parrot owner.

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Greg Collins - 2007-01-13
I have a 5 year old female Eclectus. Over the years, I noticed her insatiable desire to find a dark secluded nook somewhere in the house. Usually the pantry, laundry room, or our guest bathroom. She loved making any of those her private nest. After month's of coming home only to have to find her, I finally built her a nest box out of an ordinary cardboard box. I put a couple of old worn thin towels inside for her, which she has since shredded to her liking. I cut a hole in the front of the box just large enough for her to get in. She absolutely loves it. At night, she gets off her cage and heads for the box to sleep. Around 9 or 10am, she gets back on her cage and goes to the bathroom, then eats her breakfast. It's really cool, and the best part is that she doesn't look for those other places in my house any more.

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Sherri - 2006-12-20
I have a 14 m old male eclectus, Simon. Simon joined our family at 3 weeks old. He is the sweetest, most loving bird. I read several comments about Eclectus' being loud. I have not found this to be true however, I do spend a minimum of 2 hours in the morning and 5 hours a night with him. I have found he only yells when you leave the house IF you don't say goodbye and if one of the other family gets too loud- it's like he's telling us to hush. I take him to bed to watch tv and he lays flat on his stomach and goes to sleep. (He gives me dirty looks when I wake him to put him in his cage.) Simon already has about 15 words in his vocab and it is growing everyday. As I tell most people, although Simon is my 3rd son, I don't recommend to people to get one unless they are willing to get up early (I get up at 4am) to spend time with him before work, and spend all evening with him. It is like having a 1 year old child for the next 60 or so years. This is something I do willingly and happily but I would hate for another bird to be unhappy.

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Tracy - 2006-12-04
I worked at a local pet store for a short time where my senegal had been. I was scared of her because she attacked everyone and would let no one touch her. I was asked one day to try and tame her and to my delight she had stepped up onto my finger with little trouble at all. I would go to the pet store when I wasn't working and play with her everyday. She was not always a nice bird and I incurred my shares of bites. After about a month of seeing how miserable she was living there I bought her. My boyfriend was not fond of her but learned to love her like I did. She was a very quiet bird, never made a sound. After a short couple of weeks she has become quite noisy, nothing loud but entertaining sounds. She can speak (not very clearly), whistles, imitates crying sounds when she is sad, and even growls like a dog when she is mad. She was living at the pet store for over a year so you can understand why she was mean. With a lot of patience she has become a very loving bird while I'm around (she can be mean when I'm not there, but shes learning) She evens gives kisses when you ask for them. She is even friendly with our cat but the cat is afraid of her. If you have the patience and love to give, these make great pets. If not then look into a different type of animal as a pet. These birds love attention and will demand it if you don't give it to them. If you are interested don't forget the cost of vet bills, toys and food. This can begin to become costly but well worth it for the love these little birds give.

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Dave Cole - 2006-11-22
I've got a 9 year old Senegal named Zoe. It was great to read other peoples' posts here as Zoe too can be very moody and definitely lets me know when she wants her space. And when she wants affection, she's the most adorable bird.

Zoe is weird in that she often finds my hands to be intimidating - until she finally steps up on them; though she prefers me to scratch and cuddle when she's on the cage - despite years of failed training. (I did buy her at 10 months old and was already partly badly trained, but she has mellowed out considerably since.)

She's display-fed with me a couple of times, but loves to allopreen. Especially areas scabbed by nicks or scrapes, the 5 O'Clock shadow, or the eczema outbreaks. I obviously keep her away from these areas and simply thank her for her concern.

She loves repeating sounds, such as the phrase "pretty bird", the microwave beep, the beep the phone makes when I dial out (she's jealous of the phone too...), the fire alarm, imitates my laugh, cough, the noises a Quaker makes (a short-term adoption but not short enough), and much to my regret was a quick learner to the burp I made once (oops)... and makes a series of whistles. The cooing noises she loves to do at night and at dawn.

The sad part is, she hasn't figured out the real power of speech yet. She uses body language to tell me when she's thirsty, hungry, or wants a spray shower even though I've tried telling her what each is. Oh well. Body language is cute too.

She gets excited when I use the vacuum and she'll just stare with great interest. Unfortunately, anything brown, yellow, or bright pink and she'll scream like there's no tomorrow. Even if the object is 10 feet away, she goes absolutely nuts!

Again, she loves her head being scratched. She'll even let me hold her upside down, her back on my palm. Unlike other Senegals, she is adamant in holding my thumb with her talons (one if not both). She will not do it supportless.

And I know when she's really happy as she'll hang upside down from her cage and wobble back and forth. While other birds like Sun Conures roll on their backs and other immensely silly things, every stunt Zoe does seems to have a sense of decorum and 'class' to it.

While I think she has bonded to me, I know she is remarkably friendly to other people. Well, more towards men - she will bite mum and my auntie... but she's calm and even seems to look happy around other men (the eye pinpointing and chirps she makes are dead giveaways.)

And if she is a female, I currently wouldn't know. No eggs yet, but if she is a male, I'll change her name to "Tabby". Much like any cat, Zoe doesn't recognize her own name... :)


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Tracy - 2006-11-21
Hawkheads are such a beautiful bird. I would love to get one. I take in unwanted birds for free and I keep them until they pass away of old age, any type of domestic parrot. I would love to have a Galah, HH, Eclectus, and so on. But like I said, HH are the most striking looking bird I have ever seen, especially when they fan their crown out. The bird is costly, but one day I will get one. TRACY

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