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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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christina - 2006-11-20
Over the summer I purchased a Female Eclectus which I named Winona she is only around 5-6 months old now. But such a sweet heart, She is not talking yet, but does say things that a little hard to make out. She takes a bath just about every morning in her water dish. I feed her plenty of treats, and good healthy food. Just a 5lb bag of bird seed for her is almost 50 bucks. She also gets along great with my Duivonbode Lory they just chill up on top the cage. Over all anyone that is looking into purchasing this bird should consider it, they really truly are great : )

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Brenda - 2006-11-09
We've had Skyler, our Red Bellied Parrot for 7 months. He was 3 months old when we got him. He's a joy to have! He's learned the "Andy Griffith" tune, says "kitty, kitty, kitty" & he says & even associates "meow" with the word kitty! Amazing!! Our sweetest & largest cat (who is also male) looooves Skyler so much. The other cats don't really pay him much attention. This is my first bird & I hope to have him for many many years.

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leslie bohde - 2006-10-24
I got my Meyer's, Bermel, from a breeder who let me visit him while he/she was still a baby. I took him home and handled and socialized him and now he is the perfect little parrot. I have never experienced such a bond with an animal before. He cuddles and really enoys being petted and getting 'neck massages'. I take him to the Pet Store I used to work at to let him 'pick' his toys and treats and say hello to the other people at the store. He is not afraid of strangers and was very polite when he met my boyfriend who had never handled a bird in his life. He loves all people but he HATES my Cockatiel and Budgie for some reason, maybe because he considers himself a person. I recommend this parrot to anyone starting out with companion parrots :>

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Aaron - 2006-10-02
I have a Meyers Parrot. He likes to snuggle.

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Donna Rangitsch - 2006-06-26
My husband and I have owned a Senegal since Feb. 06. We got him at a pet store in Bismarck where he ended up on consignment. We just love him. He whistles so nicely and does quite a bit of talking. He loves to say "Chico, pretty bird!" If you tell him pretty bird, he whistles at himself. He loves to be held and laid on his back while scratching his belly. He also loves to preen my hair. We have an enclosed patio and he just loves going out and listening to the wild bird sing. He is just a joy to have and to watch.

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