Princess in Waiting
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Central FL - beside the Mouse
As a bird owner (and lover) I have to disagree on a couple of points they make in this article.
Small birds are much messier than big ones - in my experience.
As far as talking ability goes, the order is usually Grays, Eclectus, then Amazons. "Parrot" is a general term for the birds. And ask Dena about her Parrotlet talking!
Biting? My parrotlet will bite the crap out of me anytime I get him out of the cage. But we're working on that! The smaller (seed eating) birds with the small, sharp beaks break the skin and pinch; the larger birds will usually put their beak on you with very little pressure at first - unless you frighten them - to warn you that they have a lot of strength if they decide to use it. I've seen a macaw go through a Brazil nut in no time; imagine what it could do to a finger if it wanted to!
I'll be checking out their links tomorrow - since I'm thinking about another bird in February (considering that this cockatiel is weaned by then!)
Birds are great company. Henry and I talk to each other all day, even yelling from one end of the house to the other. He has such a good vocabulary and loves to give kisses.
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