Birds

I do not have a bird, but I used to work for a lawyer who had a green-winged macaw and a Congo African grey, and I became really fascinated with parrots when I birdsat for them a few times.

This is the opportunity I've been waiting for to link this Japanese petting zoo's IG. Here is one of PAW's handlers teaching a CAG how to laugh maniacally:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CNHU5VPBsOY/

and here is an umbrella cockatoo dancing to the sound of her name:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CS6UiLkjhEn/

Please post your birds—psittacine or otherwise—or other birds from your life!

I used to have a bird! He was a wild house finch who had been imprinted on humans and then brought into a wildlife centre where my partner worked. When they realized he couldn’t safely be released, we adopted him in 2005. He moved with us from DC to Portland, OR the following year, and he lived with us until 2015 when he suddenly died (like small birds often do— the lifespan for most finches is always related in ridiculous terms like ‘2 to 20 years’ because the number that live as pets is pretty low). He was a weird guy! He was named Blip, and I have some photos that I’ll have to dig up and post!

Following for #wilmaposting

But also my only bird content is adjacent and it used to come from an online friend of mine who lived with their grandma, who also lived with two avian roommates, Alex who was an African Gray and Toby who was a macaw. I can't remember all of the details but I am pretty sure they lived together for decades. Sadly, Alex's health declined rapidly in 2020 I think due to either some congenital or perhaps communicable parrot disease, and they made the difficult decision to surrender him to a rescue who could give him appropriate end of life care. He was apparently likely in his 60s when he passed away in their care not long after. As well Toby, who may have gotten the same communicable disease and I think was younger but also probably at least middle aged if not a senior, also did not seem to cope well with being apart from Alex. Perhaps uncannily or perhaps not, only a few weeks after my friend' grandma got the news Alex had passed, he maybe was able to pick up on that, and he also passed away. Maybe it's a bit anthropomorphizing of me but you can't help but wonder if things like that aren't coincidences.

ANYWAY

Look at this handsome fella...

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Apparently he was a bit of a flirt with people he really liked, and he had this really funny way of waving his foot up and down and saying "buuuhhyyyeee"

Here is Alex with a rap sheet

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Parrots are pretty amazing. The idea of having a quarter sized perma-toddler for potentially the span of an entire human lifespan is just kind of crazy. Also I am endlessly fascinated at the potential of having a pet you can teach to just bark out swears for no reason.

i tried to capture video of wilma the cockatiel being sweet and getting loved on but my hand was unsteady because hershel the dog was licking my foot, and i gave up when kit the cat started attacking my wife's butt, making me laugh.

https://youtube.com/shorts/4d9qL0nvA6I?feature=share

pretty representative, really.

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@“Gaagaagiins”#p84999 Also I am endlessly fascinated at the potential of having a pet you can teach to just bark out swears for no reason.

it's not for no reason.

I only ever taught Pippa the CAG to go "pew" by snapping my hands into pistols at her and making that sound. She would raise her talons and do it right back at me.

@“pasquinelli”#p85038 Nominating this for the best post of the year

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@“connrrr”#p85045 it’s not for no reason.


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I only ever taught Pippa the CAG to go “pew” by snapping my hands into pistols at her and making that sound. She would raise her talons and do it right back at me.

Fantastic... ok, true, it's not for no reason, if anything it's for every good reason

My mom had a cockatiel when I was growing up and one day it escaped and flew up a very tall ass tree across the street on a farmer‘s lawn. He climbed the dangerous height and grabbed the bird while it pecked at him and I think made him bleed. he swore a lot, but we got the bird down. Impressive feat. My mom didn’t like the swears but I‘m sure she was just putting on a "i don’t like swears" act because she loved that bird. We also had a spaniel that liked to put the bird in its mouth. It never hurt it, but we ended up gifting the bird to a family friend. For all I know it‘s still kicking, that’d be cool!

I don't own a bird, but we get some cool ones that visit where I live.

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In this thread, every week is

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And if you are itt, then you might be weak to birds!

birds:

https://youtu.be/ZyU7I-rbS08

got around to getting a video of wilma being nice

https://youtu.be/TX1vvU2HxAU

One time there was an owl perched on top of my house, and as I was almost at my front door it dropped a dead rabbit right in front of me

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https://twitter.com/WBSSTL/status/1640004311663902723

@"Gaagaagiins"#p110275 [look at this boy](https://www.riverfronttimes.com/news/world-bird-sanctuary-eagle-finds-rock-becomes-its-mom-39741569)!!!

@“connrrr”#p110303 #GoodFaces

@“connrrr”#p110303 he hatches his egg every year

Turkey on the street this morning. Very loud. Still out there causing chaos.

@“sabertoothalex”#p111065 Give 'em hell, turkey.