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The Meyer's Parrot, or Brown Parrot, is a small parrot that is very attractive and entertaining!
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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.
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.
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 :>
I have a Meyers Parrot. He likes to snuggle.
I purchased my Meyer's Parrot shortly after my divorce as a little companion. He (I decided) was born Feb 04 and I purchased him in Jun 04. Since I decided he was a he I named him Harley. Harley is pretty friendly with everyone. My new wife came into my life in August 04, Harley adjusted to her pretty easily. He can bite pretty hard when he doesn't get his way, as he matures he seems to bite less. He isn't afraid of strangers and will readily get on anyone's finger. He loves to get on your shoulder and doesn't like to leave. He's a character and fun to watch and play with. We have let his wings grow and he can fly although he has trouble with landings, he would rather walk over to you and climb on your shoulder. I like that he wont get to big and he doesn't squawk like bigger parrots. He hasn't talked yet but sometimes he will whisle. All in all a really cool companion and a great first bird.
We, my significant other and myself, are owned by a gorgeous lady in the form and shape of a Meyer's Parrot. Since I don't have her hatch date, I can only go by when we adopted each other, which was in June '05. At that time she had just been weaned, and she was just the most beautiful, in every way, baby M.parrot I had ever seen. She had a perfect physique, the works! My only thing is I didn't want a girl, because the possibility of becoming "egg-bound" in the future.
She is nicknamed "Chicklet." But officially her name is Cricket. What a wonderful companion, entertainer,cuddler and general grrrreat feather-person to share our lives with!!! There aren't any negatives I can speak of in her life with me,but my significant other does have a few complaints with biting.
Her favorite things are #1 to stay out of her cage, #2 play independently on her back/doing acrobatic's (somersault's, etc.)
She eats practically EVERYTHING set before her and is a JOY to share life with. She is what I get up in the morning for.
I have several parrots, including a 4 y/o Meyer's. Picasso a.k.a "Peeps" is definately a momma's boy. He is a fairly quiet bird that says a few phrases in a deep grovely voice. He says "Hey baby", "What a good boy" and "Hello". He also makes various household beeps, noises and gives kisses. Peeps is very very affectionate with me. He likes to wedge himself under my jaw and puff himself up and take a nap. He loves to have his head and cheeks scratched. The only thing bad that I can say is that Peeps HATES my husband. I think he views him as a rival and he will launch himself at my husband and attack him. He has given several nasty bites. So, he has to be monitored when my husband is in the same room and sometimes has to have a "time out" in his cage (the bird, not my husband...haha). He gets along fairly well with the other birds, though and I wouldn't trade him.
My family adopted a Meyers april 2003. On day one, Spike chose my husband. He stuck his hand in the cage Spike got on and it was love. I put my hand out later the same day and Spike bit through my thumbnail. I clean his cage and make sure his water is clean several times daily. I also get up a 6AM and cut up vegetables for our bird. I usually have a variety of fruit and veg. apple, plum, pear, banana, yams, zuchini, yellow crookneck squash, cucumber, broccoli, alfalfa sprouts, mushroom, tomato, greenpepper, you get the idea. Spike just threw it over the side for 2 weeks. Now he waits impatiently for me to get out of his way so he can see what he has. I split his produce into 3 bowls. So he hops from bowl to bowl. Spike came to us with a large vocabulary. He used to live at a pet shop. Then a man rescued him and had him for 15 years . Even with 2 bad bites and repeated attempts to kill me. I love our Meyers. I really try now to think like a parrot and not irritate him. I like to think I'm smarter than he is but I'm the one in the kitchen cutting up all the vegetables.
I've owned a meyers parrot for almost 2 weeks, I couldn't of picked a better bird! The only problem I've found is that there is little information on this specific bird, I've found them to be every bit of what the internet has said about them to be true. I honestly couldn't imagine my life without her now.
Morgan is a three year old Meyers with tremendous coloring. She is friendly with all who belong in the household and those who visit. She gets along well with our four dogs and mimics the whistle to call them into the house, as well as the "meow" for the two cats. She does not speak, but can mimic about ten distinct household sounds. The introduction of Morgan to the household was a learning experience for the dogs and cats, who were very curious and had to be educated that the bird was not for their amusement. She is now carefully guarded by the dogs who sleep by her cage. Her roomy cage is housed in the heart of the living room so that she can enjoy the daily routine of all. She doesn't "scream" but whistles and chirps contentedly, especially at nature programs when birds are calling. Her favorite daily routine falls on the cool FLorida days where she sits on the porch and calls out to the wild birds while swinging on her rope toy.