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(103) Say what?

As my husband was making coffee in the kitchen one morning, Congo our 7 year old golden capped conure, decided he wanted to take his bath in the kitchen sink. After he takes his bath, he likes everyone to say "pretty boy" and then he will repeat it. He will fluff his feathers and carry on as I tell him how beautiful he is. Well, my husband is always teasing our baby and trying to teach him to say new words, which up until this point has never worked. Congo never has repeated anything my husband has said. As Congo finished with his bath I said "pretty boy" and he repeated it and then looked over at my husband for his compliment. My husband responded by saying "ugly bird". Congo kept saying "pretty boy" as my husband said "ugly bird". My husband walked into the living room and I told Congo that Daddy was a bad boy. Congo and I went into the living room and sat on the couch by my husband. Congo backed his bottom up to my husband and did his business on my husband's arm. ! As Congo walked back to me he said plain as day, "Daddy is a bad boy and an ugly bird." Now whenever he takes a bath he says "pretty boy" and then looks at my husband and says either "bad boy" or "ugly bird"! Trish

(102) My little green rascal is a snitch!

The other day I came home from work and my son told me he had bid successfully on e-bay for something. He said he had gone ahead and logged onto Paypal and made payment. I asked how he had gained access to the pass word protected area and he replied "Oh, Tweets told me." He said he had been trying to get onto the site and using all the phrases he thought I would use. No luck. Then the bird climbed up on his shoulder and started chattering a phrase. Realizing what the bird was saying, he entered that phrase and bingo, he was in. I realized that the bird is usually on my shoulder when I'm on the computer and that I must say the phrase when logging onto Paypal. He made the connection between the screen image and what I say and then ratted on me. Little stinker. I've changed the password and will be more careful in future not to use it around The Green Mouth that Tells. Jeannie

(101) Making friends.

I just got a one-year-old senegal parrot named Riley; the previous owner told me he likes to eat toast and peanut butter for breakfast. Hudson our 1 1/2year old golden retriever was still not sure of this new creature in the house, until Riley thought it would be nice to share his food with the dog below... Riley and Hudson are now best friends. Whenever Riley eats Hudson is surely there under the cage begging for his share. And Riley always obliges him with a little tasty morsel of what ever it is he's eating!

(100) Before there was a Bird HotLine....

On May 29, 1996, my 8 year old hand fed male cockatiel, Cirrus, flew out my front door. I was hysterical and had no idea of what to do to find him. I immediately began making flyers and putting them up in my neighborhood. I made over 600 flyers and put them up all around the city. I put an ad in the newspaper and one in the local greensheet all around the area. That was only the beginning. I had people calling me from all around the city (Houston, Texas) telling me about a bird they had found. I traveled to many places and found many cockatiels, but not my Cirrus. I took my female, Stratus, around the neighborhood in a cage, hoping her chirping would bring Cirrus back. I'd go out early in the morning and evening, but nothing. I was determined not to give up.

The newspaper ad brought many phone calls and in a short time, I had a network over most of Houston. Everyone was extremely helpful and that gave me more hope. Days turned into weeks but I kept up the search. Fortunately, the weather in Houston was good. Hot, but no thunder storms or heavy rains.

I continued my search. I would get a calls now and then that a bird matching Cirrus' description was seen in an area right around me. I just knew it had to be him and that he was still alive. I hung on to that hope for over 2 months. It was now almost August and I had not found Cirrus yet. I searched and prayed everyday that he was still alive and I would get him back. The newspaper ad had been in the paper everyday from May and now it was August 4th. As I was driving back from my wildlife shelter (I am a volunteer for abandoned and injured wildlife) and I said to myself "Cirrus, I have done everything I can think of to find you. You have to help me get to you."

I had already decided that I would not continue the ad. My only hope now was that he had found a new home and was at least safe. When I got back to my apartment, I had a message on my answering machine. A man said that a cockatiel, answering the description of Cirrus, had been found in the neighborhood. This was the same neighborhood where I had taken Stratus to look and the same neighborhood that had called me about sightings.

I was ecstatic. Everything pointed to this being Cirrus. I grabbed the bird travel case and went to the house. In the bathroom was a male cockatiel. He was scared but calm. I talked to him softly as he climbed up my arm. This had to be my baby. He looked a bit weathered as he had only been found that day. The man told me he saw Cirrus on a low branch. He reached down and the bird climbed onto his arm. As he and his wife walked back to their house, the bird flew up into a tree, twice. Each time the man said, "if you want me to find your owner, you better come back down." Cirrus did and the man walked into his house with him on his arm.

One of my flyers was on a light pole across the street from his home and he called me. I could not believe that after 9 1/2 weeks, I had found my bird. I still wasn't certain it was Cirrus as he was a bit "different". He was not as friendly and seemed to have "aged". The true test came when I brought him back to my apartment. Stratus chirped and he chirped and they both went back and forth loudly. As soon as I let him out of the travel case, he flew to the cage and I knew I had my bird back.

I learned a tremendous amount from this experience. I also ended up with 5 cockatiels at the time of his return. One that someone had found and could not keep. I offered to give him a home. He was named "Breeze". Another one, the owner just did not have time for him and asked if I would give him a home. I did and "Prince" joined the family. They were all quite happy with each other. Stratus has since passed away and I had taken in another female, Dusty. Dusty and Cirrus had babies last year and I am now the proud owner of 6 cockatiels. I love every one of them and I took extra precautions so none of them could get out the door.

I am a believer in miracles and perseverance. It is the only explanation I have for me getting my bird back after such a long time. I know that I was the luckiest person alive on August 4, 1996 when my bird was returned, safe and sound.

Cirrus is now almost 13 years old and pretty much back to himself. He is not as "tame" as he was when he went out that door, but he will fly to my head and get on my shoulder. That's OK, I am just glad to have him back home.

(99) Caesar sings lullabies.

Caesar and Octavia are my cockatiels; they're my pets, but are also a breeding pair. Caesar is a very devoted dad; he guards his nestbox diligently and anytime Octavia comes out for a bite to eat he climbs in. Their clutches hatch at 17 days instead of the normal 19-21 because they sit on them like glue.

With this clutch, Caesar seemed even more excited than he was last summer. Tavi had laid a soft-shelled egg and I was concerned about egg binding--so there followed calcium supplements and full-spectrum lighting. I think Caesar knew something was up, and he definitely wanted eggs to be in the box. He kept popping in and looking for them.

There are now two eggs in there, and Caesar has developed a new habit. He sings to them. He goes into the box and very, very quietly whistles all his prettiest songs (which are generally made up of wolf whistles, charge whistles, and "Heeeeere, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty pretty pretty pretty bird"). I can't believe my bird is singing to the eggs. He was a great dad last year; it looks like he'll do even better this time.

(98) OK Dear

My budgie Tweets has learned a new phrase. He has learned to say OK dear, just like I do. The other day my husband was getting ready to go somewhere and he called out "I'm ready to go." I heard a perfect reply "OK dear", only it wasn't from me it was from my feathered friend sitting perched atop my shoulder. He's used the phrase several times in the last few days. When my daughter asked if she could use the CD player, Tweets answered OK dear. I asked him who made him boss. I think I know the answer to that one.

My sister's beagle was here over the Christmas holiday. When the dog was being fed and making gross sounds, Tweets looked at me, snorted and said in total disgust "That's NOT a pretty bird." I had to agree. But Tweets liked having the dog here for one reason. He goes swimming in the dog's water dish!

(97) Charlie the parakeet says it all.

My parakeet Charlie was always making me laugh with his mixed up jabbering. He learned to speak people months before learning to chirp. The first thing he said, running down his cage top when I walked into the room and putting his beak to my nose, was, "Hi there!" Soon after, he was saying, "Happy Birthday!", "Birds don't talk!", "What do you want?", "Rock-n-Roll", "let's Party!", "To be or not to be, that is the question", "Super Bird!", the superman charge tune, "Love You!", kiss sounds, and his favorite, his own name. First he learned to rhyme: "Hi Charlie! let's Party!" which got shortened to "Charlie Party," then remixed to "Charlie Harley Party," and finally extended to "Charlie Harley knarley Party." Next in the line of rhyming was "Derry Sterry Ferry Kerry Larry Berry Sterry Ferry Berry." He informed me one day, "My name's Deke." Another time he told me, "Birds don't talk--aw, so what." While doing the dishes one night he stated, "Mom sure can cook." The all time best was on a particularly bad day when he commiserated, "You know, sometimes ya just wanna shoot someone."

(96) Milo seems to always know exactly what she is saying.

My Blue and Gold Macaw Milo seems to ALWAYS know exactly what she is saying. She has proved this several times. Once, when we were walking down the street, a little girl came running up to me and asked me if the bird on my shoulder was real. Before I could reply, Milo said "What's that?" I answered her with, "it's a little girl Milo." Milo said "" I said "no no, we don't eat little girls." Milo said "Oh, bad bird!" and laughed. One of Milo's favorite games is to chase the cats. She climbs down the cage and races after them with "Cmere...C'mere! C'mere kitty kitty, heeerree kitty kitty" and laughs. They know not to come to her, but she knows exactly what they are.

My all time favorite was when my friend taught Milo a phrase secretively. And I mean, SECRETIVELY! I had no idea Milo learned it, she was perfectly quiet about saying it around me. Well my father comes to visit one night and sleeps on the couch. Oh...around 3 in the morning we'll say, he's awakened with the very quiet whisper .. "I see dead people" and a psychotic laugh. I could not get him to spend the night at my house again if my life depended on it!

(95) Ever want to know what a bird is thinking?

I have a two year old Senegal named Chiku who has a vocabulary of more than 30 words and a 9 year old Cockatiel named Flicka. It was dinner time one evening for both birds. Chiku eagerly went into his cage for his dinner. Flicka decided not to go into her cage & flew to the top of the tall buffet. Sometimes she feels independent & cranky! After about five minutes, Chiku noticed that Flicka hadn't gone in her cage, so he interrupted his eating to call out: "Hungry? Want your dinner?" Of course birds know exactly what they are saying! No doubt in my mind!

(94) Charlies says it like it is.

My parakeet Charlie was always making me laugh with his mixed up jabbering. He learned to speak people months before learning to chirp. The first thing he said, running down his cage top when I walked into the room and putting his beak to my nose, was, "Hi there!" Soon after, he was saying, "Happy Birthday!", "Birds don't talk!", "What do you want?", "Rock-n-Roll", "Let's Party!", "To be or not to be, that is the question", "Super Bird!", the superman charge tune, "Love You!", kiss sounds, and his favorite, his own name. First he learned to rhyme: "Hi Charlie! Let's Party!" which got shortened to "Charlie Party," then remixed to "Charlie Harley Party," and finally extended to "Charlie Harley knarley Party." Next in the line of rhyming was "Derry Sterry Ferry Kerry Larry Berry Sterry Ferry Berry." He informed me one day, "My name's Deke." Another time he he told me, "Birds don't talk--aw, so what." While doing the dishes one night he stated, "Mom sure can cook." The all time best was on a particularly bad day when he comiserated, "You know, sometimes ya just wanna shoot someone."

(93) Ooota's story.

OOOTA's story: On Sunday at noon, we started cleaning our house. And as we always do, we opened our back door to allow the cleaning solutions' fumes to escape. I checked Ooota's cage, saw him, gave him a simple "hi Oooters!" and turned to move Ernestine, the 21 year old cockatieil to the door. One more check on Ooota and…….he was gone! In a matter of less than 30 seconds…Our nightmare began as we ran outside to start looking for the bird who never, ever showed any desire to leave his cage on his own. And we called, ran, hunted for 45 minutes. Then Rick went into the house and created the flyers that would put our home whole again, eventually.

I really didn't expect we'd ever see the Oooters again. I was already choosing a name for the replacement…and teetering with the fact that I wanted a fid in my house, but there wasn't one that would ever replace Ooota, my first love, so why bother.

Rick is very personable…he loves people and talking to them. Monday night we ventured into a neighborhood—this non-animal person just had a gut feeling where to go! We posted signs on the street lamps, but he also knocked on each and every door, talked to whomever was home, left a flyer with Ooota's picture, description and our phone number with the word REWARD highlighted as best as possible. He took one end of the block, and I took the other end when I wasn't running home to print more flyers. 9 PM rolled around, and we both were pooped. So, we headed home knowing that the next day after work, we'd pick up where we left off.

As I woke up earlier than my usual time on Tuesday, day 3 of Oooters "wild adventure", I was beginning to feel as if the hunt for my bird was futile, but I put on my clothes, my tennis shoes and even though my post-operated knee was inflamed from the day's hunt before, I walked up into the hills where we hadn't checked before, just trying to listen for any sounds familiar and similar to what Ooota would be sharing at 6:00 in the morning. Just in the 6 block radius, the jungle of trees was overwhelming…so very many places for Ooota to hide…high and low. I kept walking, but I knew there was no way I'd find him. And I returned home feeling lower than when I went to sleep. I told Rick that, too, and also told him that the chances of ever seeing Oooters again was too slim and we should just prepare ourselves for that…and he agreed. But, he also said he just had to finish canvassing the neighborhood we started posting flyers as the day before.

Besides the neighborhoods full of great places for any flock to reside, to the west of us are cliffs that over look the Pacific….where red-tailed hawks constantly circle. Had Ooota flown west, he could have been hiding in any cliff-side crevice or in the ocean shrubs—or have met with a worse fate. Further, the night temperatures had fallen down to the low 50's, if that…what would the odds be?

On Tuesday, after my walk, I went sadly into the office to begin my day's work. And, to keep my mind occupied, I imagine. But, every ½ hour or so, I would call and check my home answering machine for any messages. At 12:30 we had one message…from Justin who said, "I have your bird…come and get him". Ohmigod…….I called Justin, got his address and tried to contain myself just in the event it wasn't Ooota—there was that chance! I was told that the dog at Justin's found the bird, so I was rather concerned in what shape I would find Ooota…but it didn't matter, I was on my way. I called Rick at his office, told him the good news, heard him start weeping (yes, my man has also fallen in love with "our son") and we agreed to meet at our house to go together for the support in case it wasn't Ooota.

At home I grabbed Ooota's hobo, the pack I threw together with a towel, seed, his music box, some water and our ATM card to go and get the reward money. I also had grabbed a box of dog biscuits, because after all, who was the hero here?

We drove into the neighborhood we were planning on finishing postering that night. We got to the address, both shaking of excitement, knocked on the door and was greeted by 4 wonderful young adults (about 25ish in age). They were so excited to have found the owners….and they found us by a poster on the street lamp! They had put a sign at the local PetsMart that said FOUND BIRD with their phone number (they didn't want to give any info in case someone was not the owner—they wanted a description FROM in the inquirer, not to give them any hints) and bought Oooters some high-end seed (which they said he gobbled up like crazy!). They didn't want to take the reward money – they were just delighted that we had the reunion…but we told them to all go out to dinner that night. Financial times for us are not the best, but there just is NO money that could trade the warmth and joy of getting our baby back. We needed to say thank you to these 4 people somehow. And, the black lab loved her cookies, too.

As we were told, the lab was let outside on Monday afternoon, as usual, but started going nuts barking at a tree. So Jennifer went to investigate and there was the brilliant green bird. He immediately came to their finger, so they knew he was a loved pet. Brought him inside and was talking to him and fell for him (no doubt!)..they are now thinking about getting a bird! He entertained them with his preening in front of the mirror and cocking his head as they talked to him. We were complimented with not only his coloring and condition of his feathers, but his kindness.

When we touched Ooota, and asked him for a kiss, this feathered baby of ours smothered us with kisses…I swear. He wouldn't stop kissing us, unsolicited. I will NEVER believe that birds don't have feelings. He showed me how much he missed being with us and his love for us.

Brought the guy home, and he just hung out in his cage…not even going onto the playpen, he was oozing with joy to be home again. We moved his cage to the center of the picture window and put up a sign that simply says: "HE'S HOME", since we had put posters around our condo complex and several neighbors went looking for him on our behalf. Ooota has become the condo complex icon. One neighbor family brought over a bottle of champagne to celebrate!!

So, as a thank you to all of our neighbors, the black lab and the 4 kids who captured Ooota, we are thinking about having a wine and cheese open house…maybe titling it Ooota Wants a Cracker Party…to say thank you to all that were so concerned…..

Ahh! To come home to the full house…full of dogs, cockatiel, visiting RB2 and OOOTA! What a terrific feeling….

And to continue this event, I took Ooota to the vet today to have a once over, his annual check up, the booster shots I was told he needed by the previous aviary vet, his nails done and HIS WINGS CLIPPED! All checked out perfect…I'm pleased to report and the vet was really impressed with our boy. Warmly for your caring, Debe, Rick & Ooota!

(92) Sky meets Sunny.

I have had a few birds during the last 20 years, but hadn't had one for at least 10 years when we bought a light blue parakeet that I fell in love with. We named her Sky and watched her grow and play with her plastic bird. She would stand on it's tail and peak at the base. Finally, the plastic bird wouldn't stay on a perch any more, so I decide to get a new one. Sky was about 7 months old then and her feathers had grown out nicely. She would fly all over her cage and enjoyed it so much. She even hovers like a humming bird for a while (I didn't know any other birds could do this). Anyway, I went to the store to get a new buddy for her and decided to get another parakeet since it was cheaper than the plastic one. I picked out another female that was the same color as Sky's buddy and named her Sunny. Since Sunny was very shy and didn't moved, Sky took advantage of this and decided to stand on her back just like she did the plastic one. (No, she wasn't amorous). Finally Sunny had enough and moved. Sky was amazed! She kept staring at Sunny. Slowly she went up to her and stared kissing her. I think that was when she realized Sunny was real. Sky was a HAPPY bird now! She started flying around and then peak at Sunny's feet. I didn't understand this feet thing. She wasn't being mean. The next day she started to pick Sunny's feet up off of the perch. Sunny would wobble, but not fall. Her next trick was to grab Sunny's wings and pull them away from her body. I asked Sky why she was doing this but I don't speak Parakeet well, until one day I realized that Sky was tring to teach Sunny how to fly! Just like a Mommy bird pushes her little ones out of the nest. Unfortunately, Sunny was still a baby and her wings were cut pretty short so she couldn't fly. Sky loves flying and didn't understand why Sunny would not fly. It has taken a couple of falls to the bottom of the cage, but Sky understands now (one fall was Sky's when Sunny stopped her from landing on a perch)! . She is content to teach Sunny the tricks of trapeze artistry until her feathers grow out. They are getting there and Sunny now flaps her almost grown in feathers a lot. Pretty soon Sky will have a flying partner as well as a trapeze partner. Maybe we'll have two humming bird-keets.

(91) CurleyJo (a Quaker) thinks he is king of the hill but what about his roomy a Sun Conure named Belle

My Quaker CurleyJo thinks he's king of the hill. There's no doubt about it! He lets my sun conure Belle know that, but in a very unique way. Belle likes to cuddle at night, which drives Curley wild. He'll pretend not to notice, and when I'm not paying attention he'll sneak up and try to jump on her. She screams and flies to her cage, while he sits on my shoulder and laughs. However, a few months ago he added a little something to his pouncing just to let Belle know what he thinks of her. I couldn't figure out the sound he was making as he stretched out his neck at her when she flew off--it was a sort of a rolling "hhhrrrrauf". I was puzzled until he made the sound WHEN HE DID A DOODY. My question as to the exact meaning was answered quite clearly, as the next time he chased her off and made the sound I said, "Curley, Belle is NOT a doody!" A long volley of "hhhrauf, hrrrrauf hhhhrrrauf" ensued, with an added "eeeeYUCK!" for emphasis and hysterical Quaker laughter. Yes, my little Quaker dude was calling poor Belle a DOODY. Yes, indeed. I'm sure he wondered why it took old dimwitted mom so long to figure it out... Michelle

(90) How can a guy live without his gal?

I decided to build an aviary as I really like keeping birds. Once finished the aviary contained quail, partridge, finches and about 40 budgies (I started with just 8!). I also had another cage for selective breeding budgies. These were very tame and the older ones I would let out to play in the wet grass in the back yard while I cleaned out their cage. One day while they were playing something spooked them and they all flew up into a mango tree. I managed to get them back into the cage without too much trouble, and then noticed a blue cock was missing. I searched in the trees behind the house and sure enough there he was but when I tried to catch him he flew away across a stream. I thought that was that and went inside. In the evening I went out to cover the cage and was surprised to see the blue budgie hanging on the side preening his mate through the wire and as soon as I opened the door in he flew. Very few people believe me when I tell them. I now have a tiel who also loves to sit in the garden and is unclipped.

(89) Tweets has given Jeannie two things to talk to us about.

I don't know if this qualifies as a fun story or not, but I think it shows how smart my little green boy is. Recently my mother was hospitalized. For over a week, I would go to work, then straight to the hospital and finally home pretty late. Tweets is used to having my attention pretty much from the time I get home in the afternoon to his bedtime about 7:15. In an effort to give him some undivided attention, I would take him out of his cage first time and play and talk to him until I left for work. However I was pretty distracted and unfortunately at least twice forgot to give him fresh food and water. At least until I got home at night. Since it's been my job no one else thought to do it. After a day or so of this, Tweets must have been fed up with my forgetfulness. One morning he flat out refused to leave his cage. I couldn't figure out why since he usually can't wait to get out of it. After a few minutes of trying I gave up and thought to give him breakfast. As soon as I had given him food, he jumped on my hand ready to boogie. I think he decided that he wasn't going to let his goofy human forget something so important as his food and came up with a way to make sure he got fed! Smart little man, I needed all the help I could get right then. Jeannie

Billy Joel has a new fan. A feathered fan at that. I recently purchased a Billy Joel anthology CD. Like any new album I've been playing it a lot. The other day I had it on the CD player when I started missing Tweets who was out of his cage. There he was standing in front of the CD player, his head turned up towards it, singing his little ol' heart out! Birdie kareoke? "All About Soul" seems to be his favorite. One time I decided to tease him a little and when the song before it was over I skipped his favorite. Poor little guy was so confused I felt terrible about what I had done and played it twice for him. That confused him as well, but he got over it and was bopping around singing for all get out. Maybe playing air guitar in his little bird brain. Jeannie

(88) Love conquers all and Sandy proves it.

Hello Folks! A note to update a former letter I wrote about 5 1/2 mos. ago concerning Rodney and his carnivorous habit of savagely biting my husband. I'd like to update you-all on this. I wrote that if anyone could bring Rodney about on this biting, that my husband could. Rodney's love for me was the cause of his biting, and now he's stopped his savage biting and has actually turned into a love bug towards my husband. Why he's actually done the "Wag the Tail Dance on my husbands hand this morning! I had my doubts at first, but my husband is made of patience, love and understanding! He's always believed that love would turn any pet around, African Grey or not! Well folks, he's done it and I'm amazed and ever so proud of both of them. I would see Roddy watching my husband, trying to figure him out, but each time he'd bite my husband, Bruce (hubby) would just say, Roddy no bite and treat him with kindness, never harsh. My hubby would always come back with kindness and love and worked! Now he loves us both equally and it's a hoot to see. So, love does indeed conquer all! Thanks for Listening! Sandy from Poughkeepsie, NY

(87) My Magpie from Sue in Australia

I was watching out my window in La Veta, Co. when the neighbor's cat killed a female white breasted nuthatch. The male swooped down, picked her up by the back of her neck, and flew to a low branch of a tree. He sat there, still holding her by the back of the neck. The cat sat waiting for him to drop her. After a bit, the bird tried to fly away with his companion in his beak, but she weighted him down and he hit the fence. The cat ran to attack him, and I ran out and ran the cat off. The bird had flown up to a branch, but as I turned to go into the house, the bird flew down, picked up his companion by the back of the neck, and flew off. This was the most touching thing I have ever seen, and I wondered where in the world he took her. Mary

(86) Dickie the Quaker is a real Quacker.

Dickie is a quaker I got my boyfriend (now ex-boy) for his birthday over three years ago. I fortunately get visitation rights every so often. Dickie is very well socialized, and loves to visit his "grandma" (my mother) at our office. He says so many things, appropriately and intelligently, that it would take up many pages, but I will give you some examples! When he's at the office and the phone rings, he commands "Get the phone." When Dickie gets to come for a visit, he says "Dickie go bye bye, go see grandma" He also quite frequently wants to know "Where's Amy - Amy, where are you?" and "What are you doing?" If I happen to look at him for a prolonged moment without saying anything, he'll ask "What? What are you looking at? You looking at me?" He is also a Red Wing's hockey fan - he and his dad will watch hockey together, whooping it up - it sounds like all of his dad's buddies are over, but it's really just Dickie and daddy! It's "Go Wings!" "Yeah BABY!!" and "Whooo Hooo!!" This bird has started a quaker bug in all of us who know him. I now have my own quaker "Holly" who is six months old and already a talker with a huge personality (I'm sure you'll be hearing about her soon). "Grandma" has her quaker Joey (not much of a talker, but definetly a "momma's boy") And now my current boyfriend is bit by the bird bug! There will only be one Dickie, though. When I he's not visiting, I miss his kisses. He loves to give me "kisses kisses kisses" (while kissing me very nicely) and also says "Nice kisses" He also started some "quack quack" thing. So I ask him what Dickie Duck says, and he replies "quack quack". Well, Joey, his buddy has picked this up, and it is so funny to hear them quacking back and forth just like ducks!! Oh my, this has gotten too long, and there's so much more!!

(85) My Magpie from Sue in Australia

I am from Australia..I have I think I have a very unusual lodger in my house. She was found on the side of the road after falling a long way out of a tree. When I first got her she was fitting almost everyday, but this has seemed to have stopped...hopefully for good. I looked after her for weeks and as she was only about 4 weeks old, she thought I was her Mum. After about 3 months I took her to a magpie carer, in the hopes of setting her free. Even though I went to see her 3 times a was a long 6 weeks... Finally, the carer rang me and asked me to come and get her. She had 10 other Magpies, but Lee just kept getting out and coming inside and pulling things out of the pantry and drinking the carers wine!!! I brought her home...and she remembered the place..believe it or not...sadly, the other magpies that the carer had (and intended to let Lee be set free with them) fought to the death after being released. Six years later..I am greeted every morning, by this lovely little girl (Lee), who curls up next to me. I woke this morning to see this lovely bird fast asleep in the crook of my arm. She is fiercely protective of me, so if any visitors come over, she has to stay outside. She gets in the shower with me, comes when I call her and knows where the fridge is to get food and where the back door is to be let out. She often comes and finds me and makes some noises...then runs off expecting me to follow her, when I do, I can usually work out what she wants...but she loves being held and cuddled..which on the most part is what she wants. I guess she is very imprinted and knows nothing else but a human life. When I try to carol like a magpie, she always answers...and will not fight any other wild magpies unless I am there...The wild ones are now hand fed by me, while Lee just sits in my lap as if to say "she's mine!!" I must sound quite eccentric to most people, but this is how Lee is. She never ceases to amaze me... I never knew that birds could be so intelligent...even when I cry..she hops onto me and drinks my tears...she is so cute... Just thought I would share this unusual relationship with you... Sue

(84) Mozart and Bathobeen may share the cage but Mozart own's the cage.

One of my best friends is a little gray and yellow cockatiel, named Mozart (Moe for short). Moe is a very spoiled bird. He shares his cage with a little blue parakeet named Bathobeen (Toby for short). Although the two birds share the cage, it's obvious that Moe "owns" the cage. Moe is always the first one in line for breakfast, he's always the first one to hop out of the cage when we open the door, and he's always the first one to hop to one of our shoulders. Moe doesn't talk in our language--we talk in his. Moe has several calls, he does this loud, shrill call if he's mad. He does a little chirp if he wants attention, and if he's happy he literally purrs like our cat. Moe also plays all kinds of games. He likes to play cards. Last night, our family was playing cards, and Moe made an appearance on our card table. He went to the draw pile, picked up a card and took it to his "mommy", then he took one of her cards and took it to his "daddy", he did this to everyone's cards, then he went back to his cage and took a nap. He loves to play with straws, he throws them around, hits people with them, and chews them to pieces. But, his favorite thing to do, is walk over to the china cabinet, and go up to the candy bowl, where he picks all the candy out and throws it on the floor, then, usually someone will come over to him and say "Bad bird. Moe, are you a bad bird or a good bird?" Then, he gives us a look, and he chirps a little then goes back to his cage, with a guilty look on his face. Sometimes, if someone walks by Moe's cage, Moe will start bending over, and bouncing. Then jump over and land on that person's shoulders. My dad recently mad a joke about him getting ready for his flight. Moe is like my parent's third child. He eats ice cream with my brother. Chews up my homework. Watches the Price is Right with my father. And sits on my mom's shoulder while she makes dinner, every night. Moe is a joy to have in our family, and we love him deeply.

(83) Patsy had a house guest and didn't even know it...It all happened in England.

I also have a quick 'I'm home' from here in England. We have a Newsagents shop, and two weeks ago, a customer came running in to ask if we had lost our parrot as there was a large gold and yellow bird sitting on his dustbin! Our Patsy, is a blue fronted amazon and I didn't need great intelligence to guess that the bird he'd seen was a macaw! I rushed back with him and sure enough, there sat the most beautiful blue and gold macaw. I went up to it and said 'Step up Macaw' and onto my hand, then up onto my shoulder he went. I was used to carrying my own bird around in this way but really had to look up to Macaw! Unwilling to risk him taking flight again, I put him in the kitchen of his saviours and ran home to get Patsy's cage. Fortunately she spends most of the time out of her cage so vacant possession wasn't a problem. Before leaving with the cage and my long suffering husband, I rang the local police to report that we'd found the bird thinking that a more detailed posting of his whereabouts could follow once I knew he was safely contained. This was not easily achieved, as macaws do not easily fit into amazon cages! I resorted to oven gloves and a quick chase across the kitchen floor but obviously he was used to the strange ways of humans and after protesting loudly during his impending imprisonment, bore me no lasting ill will and put his head down for me to scratch. This did leave us with a problem - two parrots - one cage! I had just contacted the assistant manager of one of our large local pet shops, who I had been told took in rescued birds when the phone rang. It was Macaw's mum! someone had suggested that she ring the police and they had passed on our number. Macaw turned out to be Charlie and had come from only two streets away. After resisting arrest by the fire brigade, he had flown off out of sight. To this day I don't think Patsy knows that we entertained Macaw sorry, Charlie, and even less that he slept in her bed!

(82) Kelli says "bye" to Peek-a-boo.

April 6, 1999 was a tragic day for me and cockatiels. After going through a second psticosis treatment for both birds, my beloved 5 year old Peek-a-boo passed away. I had been at work and came home, My mom said Kelli, Peek died. I fell to my knees crying. I felt I had failed her. I have been over this with my vet and she said that I couldn't have prevented it from happening. They felt her immune system must have been compromised. Peek died on a Tuesday, the night before she let me love on her and kiss her head and rub her head for about a half and hour. That is something she usually did not let me do. I believe she knew something was wrong. She was in no pain when she passed. She climbed like normal to the top of the cage and did her "King of the mountain" impression and my mom said she then just fell to the floor. My other tiel, Corie-6 yrs., is doing great. We have bonded more now and I try and show her everyday how much she means to me. After that day she seems to call louder now not wanting to be away from me. It has been six months and Corie still hollers. One day I sat the memorial picture of Peek up next to her on top of the cage. Even though it has been 6 mos. she ran right over to her and started chirping to the picture. On Sunday the 3rd of October I went to a bird show and a green little budgie picked me out. He is three mos. old and full of life. After quarantine I hope that these two will talk to one another and keep each other company. My flock is full again. No bird will ever replace Peek. My heart is full of her. Corie and I are still healing and probably will for years to come. Kelli

(81) Tiki's not the baby anymore says Amy.

We recently introduced a second green-cheek conure, Gonzo, to our family. The first one, Tiki, is exactly one year older and has been the baby of the family since he came home. At first, his behavior was really really good (he knows that appropriate behavior gets attention). Gonzo was learning to mimic whistles, and carefully watching Tiki's behavior to see how the flock all fit together. Things seemed to be working out beautifully. But after a couple of weeks, it seems like Tiki figured out that Gonzo was PERMANANT. And that made him MAD. And he decided that it was my fault. He started doing all his naughty things: screaming, nipping, refusing to step up, etc, like a toddler with a new baby. One day he said to me "Tiki step up Mama!". I was so pleased, I picked him up.and he bit me. In exasperation I asked him "What has gotten into you?". He fixed me with a beady little eye, nodded his head very decisively, and said "Gonzo!". It seems like once he got that off his chest, he was able to tolerate Gonzo much better. They whistle back and forth, and play side-by-side in the same play space. Tiki hasn't said Gonzo's name since though. Amy

(80) Mary says that Sweetpea is a real Sweet Heart!

The boss of our house is Sweetpea, a 4 year old lovebird. She was diagnosed at about 3 months of age (when we first got her) with Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD).She had a yeast infection around her beak and rest of her face, and over the next few months, lost most of her feathers. When the test for PBFD came back positive, the vet recommended that she be put to sleep. She was still eating, playing, harassing our cockatiels, so we thought we would wait till she wasn't enjoying life any more. Well, over the next 6 or 7 months after that, her feathers began growing back in, and they looked normal! We took her back to the vet, who agreed that she could be a survivor (he said this was rare). She was tested 2 more times (DNA method-most sensitive), and the 3rd time she was negative. The vet said he had never seen a bird who had shown symptoms of PBFD survive and become negative, so that's one for the textbooks. Well, now Sweetpea is healthy, gorgeous, and the life of the party. She keeps us laughing as she gets into everything we do. Of course, she thinks she is 10 feet tall and owns everything. We figure we, and everybody, could learn from her "I can do anything attitude" and her exuberance for life. I have never seen that bird unhappy. Of course, I guess we'd have to say we put up with a lot of abuse, and spoil Sweetpea to the hilt, but she is so cute and funny we just do it. Mary, SweetPea, our Peach-face lovebird

(79) Jan tells us: "Here Sheba!"

For years I have always called to my two dogs Sheba and TJ to have them come in, in the evening and to go out during the day. Well, no longer is this MY job! Grady, my 10 yr. old CAG now does the honors. I will just walk onto my patio where he stays in the summertime and go toward the door. He proceeds to whistle loudly for the dogs and say "TJ ! Get over here! Come on!" or "Sheba! you wanna go out? Good girl!" Also when I go to give Sheba her morning pills for congestive heart failure, as soon as Grady hears me get the pill bottles he yells, "Sheba? come on. Good girl!" He even yells for my husband "Danny...Danny?...Get the phone!" What a joy he is. He never ceases to amaze me!

(78) Johann has a snuggle partner.

I have a Jenday Conure that is 1½ years old. This bird of mine, refuses to sleep in any cage. He loves sleeping in the bed. Whenever I get into bed in the evenings to watch TV, he will automatically join me under the covers. After about 2 hours sleeping close to me, he will pop out and insist on a sip of Coke Cola. He is also very scared of the dark. When the light is switched on, he will jump out of bed and go to his food to eat, but as soon as you turn the light out, he will run and crawl back under the covers. [If you try this, just be very careful that there is no way you can roll over while sleeping and suffocate your bird. This has happened before. Probably not a good idea. --Bird HotLine]

(77) Michelle tells us about Belle, a real sweetheart.

Inspired by Steve and Sunshine's story about "Hide and seek" on top of the cage ["Sunshine On My Shoulder" page], I began playing "PEEEK!" with my sun conure Belle. She sleeps in a "Happy Hut" which I call her snuggie. After the lights are out Belle goes in her snuggie with her tail hanging out one side. When I'm done watching TV and get ready to cover the cages, I look in the cage on the opposite side of the snuggie, and in a stage whisper I say "B-e-l-l-e....wherrrrre's Belle??" She runs to the end of the snuggie and peeks around the corner all puffed up, and I LOUDLY whisper "PEEEEEEK!" She bobs her head up and down and back and forth. When I say "HIDE!" she runs back inside and it starts all over. Well, last night after a few "PEEKS", all of a sudden she ran inside to "hide", and the snuggie started jiggling and bouncing around violently. I looked inside, and there she was on her back wiggling back and forth with her feet in the air, and grunt laughing and squeaking so hard the snuggie was really swaying. Even CurleyJo, the Quaker (his cage is right next to hers) started laughing, and he even said "Belle! Stop that! Silly Birrrrd!" I could hardly stand up I was laughing so hard.

(76) She says: "Chico is a normal gray male cockatiel." Normal?

My husband and I rescued Chico from an unloving situation when he was he was about 9 weeks old. His approximate hatch-date was 6 Nov. 97. He has been our little sweetie ever since. He likes to talk on the telephone! When it rings, he races toward it flat out yelling, "Come here little guy!" I hold the telephone for him (if it's somebody who wants to talk to him), and he says, "Hi! My name's Chico! I'm a good little guy!" Then he whistles a song for them. He also likes to make up games. His favorite game is guessing what you are going to do next. When he sees you walk toward the sink, he makes the running water sound. When you head for the refrigerator with a glass, he makes the sound of ice cubes rattling around and clinking in the glass. When he thinks I'm getting ready to leave the house, he starts yelling "See ya later!" He also likes to play peekaboo, except that he changed the name to "Chicabooooo". If you want to play, you have to say "Chicaboo" back to him. Then he pops his head out from behind a toy and says, "Here I Chico! Here I am!" Chico is a normal gray male cockatiel. He has a baby brother named Mojo who is a Timneh African Gray. Mojo is a month younger than Chico, weighs 3 1/2 times more than Chico, and thinks he is a cockatiel. Chico is pretty much in charge around here, and Mojo does not like to be away from him for very long. Mojo has learned how to play the Chicaboo game with Chico and they call "Here I am!" to each other throughout their noisier periods. Mojo plays a LOT rougher than Chico so I don't let them play near each other for safety's sake. When Chico doesn't feel well, Mojo consoles him with a soft and comforting, "Poor little guy".

(75) Candy tells us about: "Hey! Thaaatsss my tunnngggg."

My whole family seems to be infatuated with my uncle and aunt's cockatiel. My Uncle Jim and Aunt Cathy have a three year old female who can hold her own against their dog. One day after coming home from work, my uncle heard his son screaming "Don't Bite, Don't Bite". When Uncle Jim ran into the room, the dog had the cockatiel in his mouth but wasn't shutting his chops. When Uncle Jim tried to pry the bird from the dog's mouth, he found that the cockatiel had grabbed a hold of the dog's tongue and wasn't letting loose for anything. If she was going down, then the tongue was going too!

Well, needless to say, the dog and cockatiel are not allowed to be out at the same time. But at least she could hold her own!!!!!

(74) A very lucky Mary Anne (and Charley too).

Three years ago, my Indian Ringneck was caged outside enjoying the late summer sun, with me. All of a sudden, it became windy, the cage blew over and cracked open. Poor Charlie-boy was startled and flew off over the fence. After hours of searching, calling out and whistling, I resorted to making flyers and went around posting them anywhere I could. Everyone thought I was crazy!! Late, the next afternoon I get a call,,,, Charlie had landed on a lady's shoulder outside of a local pharmacy. He asked her his usual question, "What are you doing?" She went back in the store, saw the poster and called. The moral of the story is that all men, at one point in time, stay out all night long, but always come home! My man is now 6 years old and the marriage is the best it's ever been! Never give up hope if you've lost a pet! Try your hardest!!

(73) Poor Violet . . . right Anne?

I have a maroon-bellied Conure named Rebel who will soon have his own website, as soon as I can get some decent pictures to put up. He's a handsome devil, he says, and is lots of fun. Well, my dog doesn't think so, she's an eight-year-old Cocker named Violet. Violet thinks he's a real pain because Rebel teases her to death. He used to get down and eat her dog food while Violet was trying to eat. Violet growled at him only once - BIG MISTAKE. Now he just goes and sits in the middle of the dog dish and pecks at Violet when she's trying to eat. I can't seem to break him of the habit and have to separate them all the time. Conures are great comedians. Mine loves to fight with me, he will roll over on his back and bite my finger like a little puppy.

(72) Andria, only a mom would think this is a story!

I have bought a blue crowned conure. Well, my bird's name is Sunny. When I first got Sunny, I thought that Sunny was going to be this nervous, noisy bird, but I was really wrong. Sunny was the most nicest thing! When I first went in the car, it was a little bit scared because of the ride and because its first time out of his old home. When we were home, I set up his cage and everything. When Sunny got into his new home sweet home, the very first thing he did was say, "Pretty Bird!" I was like stunned, but I always shopped at that pet store and the lady there taught him a few words, but I didn't know that he was going to say something right when he got into his cage! I held Sunny and taught him how to say Andria. But then I thought that a three syllable word would be too hard for him, so I taught him Dria. He says that very clearly now. That next morning, my alarm clock went off and Sunny sort of screeched because of the noise, but he wasn't scared. So I thought, this has to change, so I taught him how to say rise when the alarm went off. That was much better.

(71) Darla, is it Mackenzie or Memorex?

I am proudly owned by my Blue & Gold Macaw, Mackenzie Macaw. She is 2 years old, and ruler of the roost! She is a constant source of amusement and amazement. I got her as a 6 month old baby, hand fed and domestically bred. She was sitting on a perch in a bird store, just waiting for me. She saw me and whistled. When I walked up to her she cocked her head to the side and said "Hello." That was it, she was the new owner of my heart. I hadn't planned to buy a bird, cage, food, toys, dishes, perch, etc. that day--but I'm sure glad I did.

Last spring we added a Spaniel puppy to our family and I was concerned about what would happen if Mackenzie and Shelby (the pup) met face to was needless worry. What they did then and still do now is touch their tongues together in a friendly greeting. They explore each other's faces with their tongues often, even through the bars of Mackenzie's cage, if necessary.

Mackenzie has quite a vocabulary, she can imitate voices perfectly. She even tells herself "Quiet, Mackenzie!" in my housemate's voice. One day she was at my office and I was working on the computer with my back to her. I heard someone say "Step up, come on, Step up! Step Up!" I turned around to see who was being so rude and demanding, how dare they yell at my wonderful bird! There was no one there, it was Mackenzie!

About twice a day she holds a "scream fest" using her best jungle yell, I think she is trying to contact her distant relatives in South America. Other than that, she chatters a lot, but isn't too loud. I plan to have Mackenzie Macaw as part of the family for a long, long time. In fact, she is likely to be my daughter's inheritance! Macaws aren't for everyone, but this one sure is for me!

(70) Helen knows fruit is good for birds. But fruit of the loom?

I am owned by seven feathered babies. I call them my change of life children. Five of them are budgies, and to them, I am the kind giant hand that feeds. Then there is Phydeaux, a gray Tiel. I got her when she was 10 days old. Well both of us lived thru that! I thought I would have the only three year old still being hand fed. As soon as she learned to fly, off we went to have the wings clipped. The woman at the pet store assured me she could no longer fly. Great! So off we went fishing with my husband. I felt so cool sitting on the bank of the river, reading my book and petting my Tiel on my shoulder. I'm not sure what happened but the next thing I know my baby is flying across the river! Without thinking I take my shoes off, jump in the Sabine river swimming across to rescue her. Happy ending, I got to her just as she was picking a fight with a huge red bird. I couldn't swim back across the river with her so we had to walk over a mile, me barefoot, to the highway to get to my car. If we go outside now it is in her cage.

Now about Cowboy my Jendaya Conure. I got Cowboy when he was about one year old. I have had him for almost two years now and he is so sweet. He does have his moments though. But what is so cute, he will only sleep in a pair of men's jockey underwear. I hang them up by his perch and he will wrap them around himself lean back and go to sleep. If I walk into the room to check on him he will poke one eye out and ask "What ya doing?" Too cute for words.

(69) Jeanne tells us of the "Peachface bird of happiness:"

Gizmo is a peach faced love bird that was rejected by his mother. He has a smaller than usual beak and a turned up toe on one foot. When I realized that she wasn't feeding him I took him away and started hand feeding him. He was about a week old at that point. No one believed he would live but his eyes told me what I needed to know. He was interested in life even way back then.

He is my bundle of joy now and he thinks he is my child. He was sleeping in my hand the other day and I wanted to lay on the couch and watch TV. I transferred him to my chest and pulled the covers up on the couch over his head so I could watch a movie and he wouldn't feel cold or miss the warmth of my hand. He slept with his little head down under the covers until I woke him up. He opens his beak and moves his head like Stevie Wonder when I scratch his head. No noise, just head movement and a wide open beak. He lands on the cat and wonders why she isn't thrilled but she doesn't touch him. She knows he's part of the household.

Whenever something is bothering me I just see Gizmo in my mind doing some of the endearing things he does and the blues just fade away.

(68) Kay Lynn gets a wedding Rose:

My friendship and relationship with Rose (Mouloccan Cockatoo) began when I visited a local pet shop on my lunch breaks. I am an RN, so quite often I had my stethoscope hanging around my neck when I went to visit, which may have been what initially interested Rose about me.

There, in the obscure corner of the store was the loudest, most obnoxious bird I had ever seen or heard. He screamed and flapped his wings, hissed and tried to bite everyone and everything that came near him, a large sign warned---DO NOT TOUCH, BIRD WILL BITE AND CAN TAKE YOUR FINGER OFF! I was intrigued by this bird--I felt he was calling out to me because he was fine until he saw me. Eventually, I bonded with Rose---he was happy to see me when I came in, and started calling out to me "I Love You" and made the wolf whistle and a clicking sound that I have since learned is a sound of contentment. He begged to have me come over to him by bobbing his head up and down and flapping his wings at me.

The price on his head was beyond my ability to pay--so I made the pet store owner an offer that was half of the asking price. I went in faithfully to visit my new friend, Rose who had been sexed as female. I was engaged at the time, and low and behold, two months before my husband and I were married, the pet store owner called and said he would sell Rose to us for the price I had offered him. Within two weeks this dangerous, mean bird was happily and quite contentedly riding around on my shoulder and saying a few words. That was almost 5 years ago, and today we found out through DNA testing that Rose is a boy....a pink boy with a salmon colored crest and a beautiful black beak and feet. What Rose has taught me is that all of Gods creatures have feelings and needs that are not at all unlike those that we as humans have. Rose chose me to be his friend and he accepts my husband, but is also somewhat protective of me around him. Since purchasing Rose, we now have a Scarlett Macaw, a Valmerie Eclectus, Lady Goulian Finches, Scarlet Parakeets, Lovebirds, Canaries, and plan to build an aviary room on our home just for our feathered children. They have brought us so much joy and happiness in our lives, and keep us laughing and intrigued with their antics daily. Thank goodness my husband and Rose gave me "the bird" for a wedding present.

(67) Linda knows not to try to get the better of a Nanday:

Nanday Conures are very territorial, as I can attest. One day I was getting into Maxi's cage to retrieve his soiled toy and clean it and Maximillion nailed me a good one. So I told him, "Max bad boy! You don't bite mommy." And put his cover on top to show him I was not fooling around. From under the covers I heard, "Max Pretty Bird." So he got the best of that one!

(66) Melissa tells us about holiday goodies:

The holidays are rolling around, and my birds have definitely noticed. They are getting all sorts of goodies not usually available to them, and they are loving it. Rasta (B&G macaw) is particularly fond of cooked yams, and she hovers protectively over the bowl when I put some in, even hissing at the dogs and cat when they come near. Harry (goffin) has learned suddenly to say "Want some 'stacchios!'" And even though all my other birds reject fresh cranberries after an initial bite (too tart!), my little hahn's macaw Elmo absolutely loves them. However, if you look close, you can see that as he's chewing madly, he's squinting!

(65) "Time to get up. Mom!"

Tracey tells us: "My green-cheeked Conure, Merlin, allows me to take short naps, but gets impatient if I sleep too long. One day I was taking a nap with her cage right next to my bed. Suddenly I woke up, a little disoriented, but with the distinct impression that someone had pulled my hair. I looked at Merlin, but she looked innocent, standing there quietly blinking those big Conure eyes. Strands of my hair were inside her cage, but she was nowhere near them. I was suspicious though. I pretended to close my eyes, but still kept them partially open. I watched as Merlin climbed down from her perch, went over to my hair and yanked it, then scrambled back to her original perch!"

(64) Meagan wants to share with us:

Once I was walking in a park with my mom, and we saw some robins land on a branch nearby. I thought they were cool, so we went over there. then, my mom sat on a bench by the tree, and a robin flew over, landed on her head, and went to the bathroom in her hair! She wasn't very happy about that!

(63) Randy tells us about their "Curious Conure:"

My wife and I were given this little green devil a year ago. The previous owners had him in a very small cage and not much for toys. We first gave him a larger home. Added a branch, attached to the top of the cage. Then found he liked to hear himself talk in plastic cups. We feel he likes to hear the echo of his voice. We then attached the cup to the branch with a spring type clothespin, supported by the top of the cage. Looked safe to us!

He had many hours of enjoyment climbing in and out of the cup and talking to himself. One day he decided to play with the clothespin. Well if you can imagine, He was able to bite the end that you squeeze together. But as he backed away from the branch with the clothespin in mouth, he found that all the sudden he could not get rid of this clothespin. Mouth wide open and fluttering like the wild beast he is ! Well he was more than willing to let me take the clothespin out of his mouth. We no longer allow him to play with the clothespins, Not that he wants anything to do with them!

(62) We think Lisa is going to keep Sydney. What do you think?

We've had Sydney our Sun Conure for a little over 6 months now. She's quite a character. She's really trying to talk, but the only thing we can clearly make out so far is "What". I think she is working on "What ya doin", but can't quite tell. She has about 4 different phrases that are definitely distinct but not quite intelligible yet. She loves to take baths and gets quite silly and very wet. Her favorite place is in my hands under the water filter faucet in the kitchen sink. She'll stick her body under the faucet and just get drenched. Drying her was a bit of a problem as she HATES towels and didn't seem to like the hair dryer for a long time, but I discovered if I put it on high and kept some distance that she liked it. If you get anywhere near her with a towel/rag she goes berserk. Squawks like crazy and bites at it. When I take her cage apart to clean it, she sits with me and very carefully watches the whole process to make sure I don't mess anything up. She can see out our front window from the top of her cage and watches for me to come home from work. As soon as I'm visible she starts screaming. It's quite a welcome at the end of the day. A few weeks ago she started behaving like a small child at bedtime. She won't go in her cage. She wants me to stand next to her cage with her on my shoulder and she snuggles under my neck and just wants to stay there all night. It takes me forever to get her to go to bed. She goes "potty" on command, but isn't quite consistent about telling us when she has to go, if we forget. ( My boyfriend seems to be better at reading her signals than I am. She probably thinks I'm pretty dense. ) She likes for me to lie on the floor on my stomach and she crawls down the front of my shirt and snuggles down and mumbles at me. And she regularly rolls over on her back when I play with her on the floor. We took a trip to the vet to get her a microchip a few weeks ago and she bit the vet. ( Drew blood. ) When he injected the chip she lost a little blood and the vet made the comment that "now they were even."

(61) Amy learns not to believe everything you read:

Tiki is my wonderful 8 month old Green Cheek Conure. When we got him, I read everywhere that this species isn't known for talking ability. I figured fine, I love him and he loves me, I don't care if he talks. His first phrase was "Step Up!" and if he is angry he says "STEP!". Then he started making other sounds that I thought might be words, but wasn't sure. The other day he proved that what I thought might be words and phrases are just that: I went to his cage and he said "Step up!" and climbed onto my hand. Then he climbed onto my shoulder while saying "Ro-der up!" (Shoulder up!). Then he nipped my earlobe and said "OW!" I said "Tiki, don't bite. That hurts." and he replied with "ha ha ha ha ha!". I hadn't figured on him learning "ow" or laughing, but it beats the other phrase he hears every morning: "Go potty!".

(60) Debby, we think he knew, he just wanted an apple:

Toby (or Tobster as we call him) has known the names of all his fruits and veggies since he was just a few months old. The other day I was giving him a grape, and I said Tobster do you want a grape? He looked at the grape and said "apple", I then said no Tobster it is a grape. He then replied again "apple". Once again I said no Toby it is a grape. This time he made no reply until I walked out of the room, then he yelled at me as loud as he could "APPLE". Guess who got the last word in. :)

(59) Carla will probably check first next time:

I was on a well traveled road in Sedona, Arizona and I had my three year old daughter, Leah, with me. I gazed up into a tree that was in a residents yard and I saw the most beautiful parrot. I carefully opened my trunk and retrieved a pair of gloves to handle the bird. I wanted to keep all of my digits. The bird was plucked from the branch and I had him safely tucked into my car and felt so good that I saved this creature. To my surprise the person that lived in the house came out and informed me that I was taking their bird. Boy was I embarrassed.

(58) Steven asks: "Is it live or is it a parrot?"

When I was on vacation in Norway early this year my mom kept Gospel for me. Well, one day, she went outside and when she came back in Gospel wasn't on his perch. She went all over the house looking for him. He was nowhere to be found. She started to panic. She was going to make one more walk through the house. As she went by the kitchen, she heard *me* ask, "What are you doing?". She yelled back to *me*, "I'm looking for Gospel, I can't find him! I can't find him! . . . Wait a minute... Gospel!!!!" He was on the kitchen counter standing on a loaf of bread.

(57) Bobbie has this to say:

We have 6 parrots of various types, including 2 Blue Front Amazons. Yogi is a 9 year old female and she is truly amazing the way she will hold a conversation with me. But the funniest thing is when my husband falls asleep on the couch (which is right by her cage) She starts yelling "Frank, wake up, over and over till he finally does. Then she clears her throat and yawns because she knows that's the next thing he does, everything he does she does! Gets to be quite interesting around here in the morning! One time she told on me. I forgot to cover her that night and the next morning she told my husband "Yogi no night night!" She's so smart it's almost scary! When the other birds start making a lot of noise, she yells "Shut-up already!" She is such a joy to us, just having her for company! She keeps us laughing all the time!

(56) Pat thinks every day is Halloween:

This story is not about a bird I own but a friend's U2 named Logan. My husband and I are soon to be adoptive parents of a U2 and our friend brought his bird over so we could experience the real thing until our little "dream" shows up. Anyway Logan and I spent sometime getting to know each other, he's very affectionate. After about 10 minutes of me scratching Logan under wings, chins, etc. he turned his head, looked straight in my eyes and said "I love you"...Well!! I just about melted. When it was time for Logan to leave, as he was walking away from me I just called out to him, "Bye! Bye! Logan"--not expecting anything. He completely turned his head around and said "Bye! Bye!" Blew me away. From someone who has never had birds before, I know this isn't like the wildest bird story you have ever heard, but I got to tell you I'm starting to believe that they are little people in bird suits.

(55) "Sam, there's a phone call for you!"

My boyfriend , Sam , works in an office where there resides an African Grey names Smokey. He is the center of attention for kids and adults that visit. If the office is quiet and Smokey can't see anyone, He'll start yelling. "Sam! Sam!" and keep it up till he gets an answer. "Sam! Sam!" and Sam will say "What Smokey?" Smokey comes back with, "Line one!" Sometimes someone will walk past him and not pay attention to him. If they go by again and still disregard him, Smokey will yell, "Hey! Whatcha doin'?" He has startled a lot of people who don't realize he's there. If you're ever in Morehead City, NC, stop by Sandcastle Motors and visit Smokey. Don't forget to say "Hello Smokey!"

(54) After reading Brigitte's story, if this bird should ever get lost, he'll probably notify the Bird HotLine himself.

I have a double yellowhead amazon by the name of Jockele. One day I came home from work and to my surprise he was not in his cage so immediately I went looking for him and calling out his name. When I got no response from him I got kind of worried for he usually likes to greet me by yelling "Hi what you doing huh?" Eventually I found him, he was sitting in front of the PC trying to catch the screen-saver. When he saw me he turned his head and to my surprise he said, "Smart bird huh?' Well, smart bird I'd say, since I had turned the computer off before I left. However, my system is hooked up to a surge protector therefore it only requires one switch to turn everything on. It was obvious to me that Jockele had found that switch and when I found him I was surprised to see that he was captivated by the screen-saver and trying to catch the flying windows. What surprised me even more was the fact that he had not destroyed anything. It seems that the screen-saver had saved more then just my screen for the bird was so captivated by it and so busy trying to catch the moving windows he forgot all about the fact that parrots are supposed to chew up things Well, things have never been the same since. For now I am sharing my PC with a bird. Every so often Jockele insist that he gets to play with the things that move on the screen.

(53) Erica says: "Dogs are for the birds!!"

In between moves, I stayed at my mother's boyfriends house (I am 18). My room was at the back of the house and in the backyard were 4 dogs all tied on 20' ropes. Two mine, two his. Right by the window there is a huge German Shepherd named Mindy. Well, when I was on vacation this story happened. My mom was at work in the shop beside the house when one of the workers noticed a little white rabbit near Mindy... he called my mom to come see. Mindy was just lying there not paying attention as the rabbit moved through the grass. My mom came to the back of the shop to see the "rabbit" climbing the tree... that was no rabbit, but Bailey, my little 2 year old Umbrella Cockatoo! My mom quickly went over and scooped up Bailey and took her in the house. She had opened her cage, chewed through the screen window and jumped (her wings are clipped) out of the window. I was horrified when I heard this story as this was one bird that could have gone to the dogs. Now I am extra careful with her and windows but, that was the only time she ever opened her cage!

(52) Sonja tells us about "Kiwi to the Rescue!"

It's been four days since Max, a wonderful little cockatiel who had been part of our family flock for four years died suddenly. I was sitting on the couch reflecting back on how much I was going to miss him singing "Marina, Marina" to me, a German song that my dad had taught him. Needless to say, these last four days had been some of the worst for our family. Kiwi, my 2 year old Senegal Parrot realizing that something was not right (probably because I hadn't been playing with her as much as I usually did) figured she had to do something to get that silly human moping around on the couch to get up and play with her. She climbed up on to her jungle gym and grabbed a round plastic ball with a bell in it, the kind that cat's like to play with and attempted to carry it up three flights of ladders and over to her snuggle tube. The incessant jingling finally grated on my hazy brain and I looked up to see her holding on to her snuggle tube with her beak and one foot, and dragging! the ball behind her with her other foot, looking like some crazy little green and orange hunchback climbing a bell tower, dragging along an oversized beach ball. I tried not to laugh, knowing that the sound of my laughter would stop her in her tracks, to look at me with utter amazement like, "How dare you laugh at me!" She finally managed to drag herself up to the top of her snuggle tube, with the ball still gripped by her foot. At the top she then transferred the ball to her beak, loosing control of the ball, whereby it dropped with a resounding jangle at the bottom of her jungle gym. Off the jungle gym, down three flights of ladders again, she went. She picked up the ball and proceeded to climb up the ladders again, with the ball in her beak and then repeated the hunchback routine again on the jungle gym. At this point was almost beside myself trying not to laugh. After she dropped the ball a second time, I knew that's exactly what she wanted me to do. It's the first time I laughed since Max died. Kiwi, my Senegal helped me to start letting go of that overwhelming sorrow.

(51) Nancy found out who caught who!

A totally white parakeet was visiting our bird feeder for about two months. We were able to only get within three feet of her. I would put sweet corn out for the other birds and she would stand on top of it and play "Queen of the Corn" - chasing away all other birds - even those much bigger than her! Finally she took up residency in one of our bird houses. She started "customizing" it. She would grab a beakful of nesting material the sparrows had left, then come out on top of the bird house, run back and forth across the roof and gradually spit out the straw. It was hilarious! This continued for a couple of days. When she had it almost "done" she would just stick her head out the hole and spit it out instead of coming out on the roof. THEN when anyone came near HER house she would just screech! Every time I heard her screech I knew there was someone nearby. I told my husband we didn't need a watch dog - we had a watch bird!!! After she settled in one night we decided we could catch her now. We put a small cage over the hole to the bird house and tapped on the house until she came into the cage. We planned on taking her to the Humane Society with cage, food, toys, etc. We waited a few days assuming she was traumatized from being caught. Anyway - we were hooked - she now has a huge cage - toys - the best food - seed and fresh fruits and vegetables - and she has us trained. It was a lucky day for her and us when she "chose" our bird feeder! It took a long time and patience and caution, but she trusts us completely now and sings her little heart out. I've even purchased tapes of birds chirping that I have on a timer to keep her company in cool weather when the windows are closed - she loves them. Totally spoiled ! We never even thought of being bird owners.

(50) Joyce knows whose home it is:

I live with an umbrella cockatoo named Woodsie and he brings happiness into my life everyday. He is such a love and I enjoy watching him run and hop along the floor. This is Woodsie's home, there is evidence of him everywhere, chew holes are his biggest giveaway. Woodsie loves to chew whether it be the casings or my clothes. His favorite thing to do is "Go bye bye," which he tells me all the time. He sits on my shoulder and enjoys his ride. He is so funny, tipping and turning his head as he watches the scenery go by. Usually after his ride he takes a nap, satisfied from his excursion. I can't imagine life without my Too.

(49) Evan, one of our Bird Patrollers, and the owner of Pet Corral Monroeville, PA will put a smile on your face:

Thursday night (7/23/98) a young girl called my store to ask if someone called in to report a missing bird. She told my employee Julie that a parrot had flown into her neighbors pool. Upon asking for a further description, Julie was able to identify the bird as a cockatiel. Julie took the information, and called the man who found the bird. Julie informed him to call Monroeville's Animal Control. Julie's father, happened to be the animal control officer, who took the bird home with him. Julie called me Friday afternoon, with the information from the band, and asked me if I could find out any information from the numbers on it. As soon as I heard the band numbers, I knew it was one of our birds that we sold. I keep records of all birds sold, including band numbers and descriptions of the birds. I began to search for the name of the people who purchased that bird, in the meantime Julie had called me again stating that a woman phoned her dad regarding a cockatiel that she had bought for her grandmother that had been lost for about two weeks, the bird matched the description the lady was given and she did purchase the bird at Pet Corral, in Monroeville Pa. Furthermore, the person that called also matched the band number.

When the woman picked the bird up she was clearly ecstatic. She told Julie and her father that her 80 year old grand mother lived alone and the bird was great company, and that she was devastated and very depressed over his absence. The lady said "never in a million years did she even think they would ever find the bird again" And was forever grateful. Julie's dad gave her the number of the gentleman who actually found the bird first, and said he's the one that should be thanked. After clipping the wings, the lady joyfully took the bird back to grandma.

(48) Joe Ann is very very lucky:

I recently did a very stupid thing. I have an African Grey named Sam who normally flies like a Sherman tank. He had his wings clipped but they had grown out just enough, I guess. While transferring him from his outside cage to the inside one he was spooked by a movement and away he went tree top high with me in hot pursuit. My heart was broken. I chased him about a quarter mile and thought he landed in a tree. I walked around the tree calling for him, ready to cry. Suddenly farther away and lower I heard a loud call "Where's the Momma?" I ran to the sound and there sat Sam on the ground. when I ran up to him he said" Up, Up." We returned home ever so grateful and smarter. Sam is one smart bird who knows many things and tells me about them. I would be lost without him.

(47) Lori wants us to know about her 2 cockatiels she lost and how she got them back:

Last year July 10th, 1997 I lost my two grey+yellow male cockatiel's Bengy+Jesse. They were found 2 months later. To read more about this accident that never should have happened go to my home page.

(46) Ally has a cute story to tell:

One day I was in a shop with my hoped future bird (just my mum to convince) a Blue and Gold Macaw. When a very snotty nosed lady came up (you know the type) and she started looking him up and down telling him to say hello and that he needs to wash (which was a very strange thing to say!) while Tango just looked at her questioningly. Then when she turned around to her husband, he took his questioning eyes off her, casually turned around to me and said, loudly, "Wretched bird!"

(45) Valerie has a love story:

My birds and the birds I work with every day at the pet store I work at really entertain me. My Umbrella 'too never utters a word, but will respond with whistles in angry, happy, and irritated tones. Even when my life seemed empty, he was there. I met a very special person over a year ago and was worried about Baby's reaction. He was very cautious, but after a yr. He walked over to him and kissed him, then me, and I just knew, his love had grown to include us both! My Nanday now ignores me, and yet will cuddle with him for hours!!! Needless to say, he's now talking about an aviary....hmm!

(44) Joyce wants to share this with us:

I have a little story that happened a short time ago and thought you would enjoy it. Last week a friend called me, to tell me her sons neighbor was feeding a beautiful bird that had taken up residence there. She asked if I wanted to go and see if it were my Pede. Of course, I wanted to go. The man was very excited about his bird and said no one was getting it unless the bird went right to them. He described it and I knew it wasn't my Pede, but I wanted to see it, it was somebody's pet. The man was so excited about this bird. Said he loved it, it perched on his porch at night and let him pet it. He wanted to bring it in, but, his wife wouldn't let him. Well anyway, he said it might be out there in the trees. Out we went to see it. He spotted it under a bush and pointed it out. At that point, I think I hurt the poor man's feeling, I looked at it and said, "It's a chicken!" To be exact, a banty rooster. Every time I think of it, I can't help but laugh. Hope it brings a smile to your face.

(43) Don has an interesting tale to tell:

Two weeks ago I went out to pick up my morning paper and noticed a pigeon sitting under my car, I didn't think much of it. When I went out a few hours later he was still there, I tried to shoo it away but it wouldn't fly. so I thought "Great another wounded animal (all lost and wounded animals end up on my door step, I'm not sure if it's a curse or blessing)". So I picked him up and put him in my backyard, so no cats could get him. When I came back about 4 hours later I went to check on him. I got within 5 feet and he flew up and landed on my shoulder. He stayed up there like he was at home. Now I have built him a perch for inside the house and one for the outdoors, he prefers to be in the house. He flies off from time to time but always returns to eat and sleep.

(42) Laura tells us:

I have a bittersweet story... I posted this on the lost bird page in May. My Mums cockatiel flew off her shoulder, he was spotted last week (1 month later) near lake Michigan, in a fight over food with SEAGULLS! He flew and landed on a fisherman's shoulder and he brought him to a vet. My mum was contacted, and charged a lost fee for an animal at large? Lost bird...and he looked terrible. His entire yellow crown feather's were missing. The vet did not give him any medication, my mum took him home, and he died a day later. It was almost like he wanted to come back to her, for closure. They made a little wooden box and she will put him near my fathers grave under a flowering plant.

(41) Allycen is a proud mom!

I have two cockatoos who are so dear to me. Jazz (named for the Utah Jazz NBA basketball team) is a 7-year old Goffins who started picking his feathers about two years ago when my Moluccan, Jemini, joined our household to stay. Even though Jazz looks spotty with his ragged feathers (he is not completely bald anywhere, but he is not as "feathery" as he once was although physically he is fine), he is a true original. He throws everything over his head -- food, spoons, oven burner covers, feathers he has picked off -- everything! In fact the Vet always ask how my bird is that does "tricks." I love him very much and wouldn't trade him for all the more beautiful birds in the world. Not only does he carry on conversations with me, but he just loves me unconditionally. Same with Jemini. He recently "escaped" and got into an ink pen. Now Jemini is a tie-dyed (Grateful Dead?) bird, with some blue splashes mixed in with his stunning peach feathers. He is so affectionate and imitates airplanes, vacuums, and says "I Love You, I do!" all the time. Oh what immense joy these amazing creatures bring to our lives. We are truly blessed!

(40) Diana makes our day:

My husband and I belong to the Long Island Parrot Society We have a CAG 2 yrs old named Peanut and a Military Macaw also approx. 2yrs old named Chicklet, we have no children and just love these guys to death. The other day one of our friends called from down the street and said "is Peanut missing by any chance?" we said no why, well he said I am looking at a bird just like Peanut sitting on my garbage can. I hung up the phone got my husband and ran down the street , sure enough it was a CAG, there was a young teenage girl and boy there also they said they stopped because they saw the bird walking across the street and wondered what it was "thank god it didn't get hit". So we took the bird home and put it in one of our spare cages that we use for our birds when they go outside and called the Parrot rescue for LIPS. Ironically this gentleman just joined LIPS and a little after we reported finding this bird he reported the bird lost. Well you guessed it "ACE" [Who is listed on the "I'm Home!" page] is now home with his owner and very very happy.

I wasn't home at the time when the gentleman picked up his bird, but my husband said that "do you know when a little kid is lost and all of a sudden sees his mommy or daddy his face lights up?" well he said that ACE's face lit up when "daddy" walked in the room. I am soooo glad this story had a happy ending and all is well.

(39) Laura should rename Twiglet, Elvis:

I have a 1 year old cockatiel named Twiglet. A while back, I was teaching him the Andy Grifith Show Song(which, by the way, he still doesn't get right!). He liked learning it and would sort-of whistle it when the show came on. Anyway, after every time he whistled it he would quickly bob his head like a rock-star! His crest was like a groovy mohawk! He still does that!!!

(38) Deb reminds us how blessed we are:

The movie "Paulie" wasn't the first time that a bird has been proclaimed to be a "seeing eye parrot." Alex, my Sun Conure, was my seeing eye companion, before he was even one year old! I had had Alex for eight months, and during that time, he had become a central part of my life. Even on the worst of days, he was supportive and loving. I just didn't know how much he could give, until that December when I suffered a detached retina. I was experiencing blockage of sight in my right eye, and although I had made an appointment with a local opthamalogist, it wasn't soon enough. One December evening, I lost all sight in that eye, and ended up going through emergency surgery to save my sight. Thirty-six hours later, I was home, not looking forward to the next month or so of recovery. Alex helped me through that rough time.

This spunky bundle of feathers watched over me while my husband was at work. He never made any noise while I slept on the couch (which was a lot). This was rather impressive, considering how loud conures can be. Occasionally, I would wake to find that he had left his perch to watch me from the top of the couch or the top of my head. My sight was poor, at best, but he would ride on my shoulder and give my cheek a warning nudge if I was about to run into something. (He will still do this to this day.) And when I got depressed, he was always there with a cuddle and a comforting patter of conure "chuffing." I got much of my sight back in that eye, but I know that without the comfort of Alex's attentions, it would have been a long and maddening recovery period. Thank goodness my conure angel was there to watch over me.

(37) Tiki knows how to get Tena's attention:

I belong to a cinn pearl Tiel. She loves to pickup neon golf ball markers and throw them off the edge of the table that her playpen sits on. I am always telling her to pick up her toys, and usually she totally ignores me. This one day I was talking on the telephone and not paying a lot of attention to her, just keeping an eye on her so she wouldn't get into trouble. She started picking up all the markers she had scattered and putting them in her red bowl, but she didn't stop there, she picked up all her little plastic animal toys too and attempted to put them in the red bowl. When she was done, she came over to the edge of her playpen and chirped and chirped at me, as if to say, "See what I did, aren't I a good bird." Of Course I went and picked her up, rubbed her head (one of her favorite things) and told her what a good bird she was. Tiki is one special bird.

(36) Doing the Cha Cha Cha

We just purchased a blue-fronted amazon. We know that the bird is 4 yrs. old but that is all we know. One morning while having my juice he came over and had a few sips. This little guy showed me how much he loved music. when I put the radio on he started doing the cha-cha. He is the cutest. He throws his head up and down and it's so funny to see him, but then for two days he doesn't budge in his cage. I guess all that dancing gives him sore tootsies. Cora

(35) Melissa will make you laugh:

I am the happy owner of a Blue&Gold Macaw, a Hahn's macaw (a small Macaw), and a Goffin Cockatoo. The two macaws share a cage and are best buddies, though it's hysterical watching them push each other's buttons. Rasta (B&G) likes to surprise Elmo (Hahn's) by suddenly picking him up with her foot and dropping him on the floor, and Elmo likes to torture Rasta by hanging from her tail. It's especially funny watching them trying to get the last morsel of a treat away from each other. Elmo will do the over-the-shoulder swipe from on top of Rasta, who will then grab Elmo's little head in her foot and (gently!) pry the goody from his beak, then - you guessed it- drop him on the floor. But they do love each other. Elmo literally sleeps under Rasta's wing.

Working for an avian vet, I see my share of delightful birds: "Swinger", umbrella 'too who nods her head and snaps toes when you sing. "Pablo", the green cheek conure who yells "Shhhhhh!" at the other birds. "Peanut", DYH amazon who responds to a rough landing with "Uh-oh, the birdie fell!" "Gonzo", bare-eye 'too - when you towel her, you hear a worried 'uh, what are you doing', you answer 'clipping your nails', and she responds with a very dubious 'okaaaaay.....' And finally, "Buster", the DYH who starts yelling "NOOO! NOOO!" at the top of his lungs when we towel him and cusses us out when released.

Here's some more amusing birds we've seen at our vet clinic... "Tootsie", an African Grey who rolls herself up in a newspaper like a burrito; "Zoie", the Quaker who spends most of her day yelling with her head inside a bell; "Nacho", a DYH who says 'Here, lizard lizard lizard...' And then there's the brown pelican we treated last week. Every time we had to tube feed this bird, we had to wear plastic bags because the last mouthful would end up as a shower!

(34) Bunny has a great story:

I was awakened this morning{May 31} by a violent knocking on my porch door. There was a violent thunderstorm going on at the time. My first thought was that someone had had an accident out on the highway. I grabbed my boots and flashlight and rushed to the door only to find my daughters goose standing on the top step rapping on the door with her beak to be let in. When she was a baby she lived in the house and only went out when it was nice. If it started to rain my daughter always brought her in. I guess she thought that this storm was bad enough that she should come in. Of course I let her in after all she is house broken. As soon as the storm passed she was ready to go back outside.

(33) Beth has a story for us:

My story is long but sweet. It is the story of a bird that clearly needed to be loved and has since gotten all the love she needs! It is pretty long so I put it on one of my home pages. Please go and read Scarlett's Story

(32) Jayne gets even:

Pepsi is a real talker and she also tends to mix up things that she says. Every so often she tends to be a heathen and tosses most of her food out of her bowl, so I tell her, "Stop it, mommy's going to beat your butt!" Well now she tells everyone "Mommy's got a big butt." My husband doesn't help much, cause he encourages her to say it. But I got even with him, I taught Pepsi to say, "Daddy's got stinky feet, P U." Which she says to him every night when he takes off his work boots.

[This came in a month later.] Pepsi is finally saying it right . After me telling her every day, she is now saying "Mommy's gonna BEAT butt". Thank goodness, she finally learned it.

(31) Jenni wants us to know: Who is Punkin?

Punkin is a very special Moluccan cockatoo who was born blind and became a pioneer in Avian medicine. He is a rare treasure, and we'd like to share a little of him here with you.

I Can See! "WHEEEEEEEE! What's Punkin Doin''?" That's how I greet everybody I see, and now I CAN SEE! What you need to realize is that I was once totally and absolutely blind when I was a hatchling, and now I CAN see! My Mom, Jenni Jackson, found the help necessary to give me sight and a new life.

[This is a great story and if you want to know what happens next and get the most out of it, just click here to go to the rest of the story on Jenni's site--then click your BACK button to come back to us--Bird HotLine]

(30) Steve [not of the Bird HotLine, but lives up to the name] has this wonderful story to share:

At the age of thirty-five I figured I was never going to meet "that special someone" and was just settling down to contentment as a single person. I was active in my bird club (The Long Island Parrot Society) and went to an EARTH DAY at an elementary school with my birds to help teach about parrots and the need for conservation. As we were setting up, a beautiful blonde woman entered and took her bird out of it's cage. Her Blue-Fronted Amazon got spooked and jumped to the floor with a loud yell! I went to go help and as I reached down the beautiful blonde woman said 'Be careful! She bites everyone!'. I reached down and told this wayward bird 'UP!' and handed her bird back to her with nary a scratch or nip. I guess she was impressed because the next time our paths crossed we went out for coffee and talked till 2AM+. Two weeks later I asked her to marry me and she said YES! I think I owe it all to 'Fairway' our Blue-Front Amazon and the way she said Yes first. Happy (3rd) Anniversary a little early to my wife Sally and her 'Bird of honor'. All three of our birds were at the altar with us and now our flock is about to be eight! We blew that wedding vow of six pretty quick!

(29 Bunny has this sad but loving story to share:

I wish that there had been a lost bird hot line 5 yrs. Ago when we lost Perry. He was the best Tiel I've ever had. He was a gray. He had a very large vocabulary and a close friendship with our cat. He would call, "Where's Kittenater?" And she would come running and lie down with him. He loved everyone he ever met. He loved to go to school and walk around the class. I mean he would walk on the children from child to child until he had visited with each one. We lost him when my in-laws were visiting and my husband had opened a window without telling anyone. My father-in-law wanted to meet Perry and opened the cage and Perry flew out the window. I guess once outside he got scared and would not come when called. We never got him back. We set his cage outside in hopes he would return to it and Kittenater laid by it for days waiting for her little friend to return. We now have 4 Tiels and a Conure and we love them very much and we keep their wings clipped. But none of them have the personality of Perry.

(28) Jan tells us about Grady [We are waiting for Grady to write and tell us about Jan--BHL]

I can relate to the story of the bird that cried "ouch" at the vets [story # 10]. I have so many stories about my African Grey Congo "Grady" I hardly know which one to begin with. First thing in the morning Grady first will ask himself, "Grady, do you want out?" And then respond, "I WANT OUT!!!!!!" Then he proceeds to say "Good morning. How are you? What a pretty day. PRAISE THE LORD!!!" THEN he will sing "Oh, what a beautiful morning!" You might say that I have a pretty religious bird because he sings part of Amazing Grace then he says "God loves you! So do I !!!" He used to sing "Rock a bye baby" and after teaching him part of "Turn your eyes upon Jesus" he would mix up the two songs and sing "Turn your Rock a bye the Jesus"

(26)Debbie wants to share:

Hi! If you have a chance to see the movie "Paulie" go for it! It is a fantastic story. I have a white eye conure name "Ringo" and a lutino cockatiel name "Squeakers." They are both excellent talkers. They drive my husband nuts with their yelling at each other.. Oh well that's bird talk for ya! I love my birds very much, they are my biggest supporters and friends. They are there when I am down, they give me loving all the time.

(25)Eileen tells us this story:

My Australian uncle found a wild parrot who had lost most of its leg. He put it in a cage for its own protection (Australia has strict laws about keeping wild birds). My aunt, used to call out, "Pat, telephone!" when my uncle was out working on their farm. They were unaware that the bird could talk until one morning my uncle was interrupted several times by my aunt calling him to the phone. Finally he realized it was the bird--who mimicked my aunt's voice so well that my uncle didn't know the difference!

(24)Donna has a cute story and some serious advice:

Digger is a CAG I once had.. That bird was quite a talker! I thought I was talking to my hubby one day and I was getting answered. When I walked into the living room, I realized it was Digger answering me! He could talk just like my husbands voice. Sad to say I miss Digger very much.. He died in my arms from a stroke.. Watch out how much fat intake your bird has. They can have cholesterol problems just like humans do. I was not told that. Thank you for letting me share my story.

(22) Andrea has some fun stories to share with us:

We have two parrots: a 2-yr. old Double Yellowhead (Sunny) and a 6-yr. old African Grey (Gabby). Gabby should be a talker but for some reason, she has chosen to only say a few words. She is very attached to my husband who happens to have his office at home. Gabby's cage is in a room which is across from the office, but she cannot see my husband so she frequently whistles and calls (squawks) for him. Needless to say, when he is very busy or on the phone, she gets on his nerves. So from time to time he hollers at her, "Gabby, no!" or "Gabby, stop!". Sunny seems to learn very quickly and after hearing my husband reprimand Gabby a few times, now when she starts to be obnoxious, he will yell at her "Gabby, no!" or "Gabby, stop!" and my husband doesn't have to say anything!

Sunny, on the other hand is quite comfortable entertaining himself wherever he is. He will sing all of his songs (Old MacDonald, Row Row Your Boat, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, I've Been Working on the Railroad, Singing in the Rain, the Opera scales (la, la, la, la, la), Kellogg Cereal Song (Good Morning, Good Morning, the best to you each morning) and the cutest one of all is when he is in the shower he sings Singing in the Rain! He usually sings in a quiet voice so as to not be disturbing when he is alone, but if he gets bored, he will mix up the songs and Old MacDonald is working on the railroad or row, rowing his boat!

Also, one time, my in-laws and my husband and I were eating dinner and my father-in-law mentioned something about why he has a Manhattan (cocktail) before dinner occasionally. Jokingly, he said it was because it made him more masculine (he's 85!). As soon as he completed his sentence, Sunny, from the other room, said, "Ha, Ha, Ha" (real sarcastic like the mynah bird that was on Johnny Carson one time). It was so appropriate, we just all burst out laughing which made him respond with his own laugh which sounds just like my husband laughing.

Sunny's cage is in the living room and there is an open window in between the kitchen and living room, so he can see and hear what is going on in the kitchen. Usually, he and I talk while I am preparing or cleaning up after meals. Well, this one particular day, I wasn't paying attention to him and he had repeated a couple of times "Hello, what ya doing?" When I didn't respond, he finally hollered in a disgusted tone, "What ya doing in there!"

(21) Karen tells us about this article in the L.A. Times:

A man found a blue keet and took him home. While walking around with the bird on his shoulder, the bird started saying numbers. The man wrote them down and realized that they looked surprisingly like a local phone #. He dialed the number and an older gentleman answered. When asked if he had lost a bird he excitedly said "Yes, I sure did. And I just knew it would come in handy if he knew his own phone number." What a great idea!

(20) Rosanne says:

I spent the better part of last winter trying to catch a green budgie that was out in the trees. Sadly I wasn't able to catch him and didn't see him again. Up here in Canada our winters can be extremely cold and bitter and it kills me that this poor budgie somehow escaped his owners. The unique thing about this story is the local birds were taking care of him. Showing him how to get food and such. I know this because I watched from a distance. I only wished I could have got to him. He would have had a home with me if I wasn't able to locate the owners. Our humane society isn't much help up here. They wouldn't come and see if they could catch him. Just said he'd probably be OK. Right. A tropical bird OK in freezing cold weather. I just hope he survived.

(19) Candy tells us about her blue and gold macaw:

I am always amazed by Deeker's ability to respond to me, but his heart felt sentiments really make me cry. I had him on my shoulder going through his lessons while I prepared his food dishes. "What does a doggy say?" I asked. "Ruff, ruff, ruff," he answers. "Good boy! . . . What does a kitty say?" "Meow, meow." "Good boy!" Then I asked him something I had never asked him before, "What does Mommy say?" And he responded, "Love you."

(18) Kathy had this story:

All of these stories are just wonderful. I am owned by two beautiful Congo African Greys. They are the love of my life.

I have first hand experience in looking for a lost bird. A very good friend of mine called my husband and I very distraught one day because she had accidentally let go of one of her 3 month old CAG, and it was in the woods. After searching several hours through the woods, and hearing it once, we could not find it. It poured rain that night, and we all thought, if a hawk or other predator didn't get it, it would surely die from the exposure to the awful weather. The next morning, (still down pouring) she went out tapping its food crock, and it called out to her. He was very high in a tree, which we walked past several times throughout the previous afternoon, and yes I did hear it, but couldn't see it. After a very long extension ladder and her husband taking his life in his hands climbing up, the baby was rescued and today is just fine.

This was an experience I will never forget. My friend is very experienced with birds, but made the mistake of thinking she had the baby that hadn't flown yet (inside of her house of course), and she actually had the one that had already learned to fly and was loving it. Needless to say, both babies were immediately clipped and we all realize how lucky she and that baby bird were. Thanks for this wonderful web page!

(17) We got this from Catherine, one of our Bird Patrollers:

Hi, All, just wanted to tell you about a lost bird story with a happy ending. I was in a local pet supermarket posting a Bird HotLine flyer on their bulletin board and noticed a post about a lost CAG, Toby. There was no date so I didn't know how long ago it had been posted. I called the number tonight to tell them about the Bird HotLine and the owner told me their story:

They had Toby, the CAG, in a cage with the door open in their car. Someone opened the car window and Toby flew out. They posted signs at nearby pet stores and other bulletin boards and ran an ad in the newspaper. They kept the ad running for a MONTH. About a month later, they received a call from a couple who had gone to a TGIFridays Restaurant (about 5 miles away and across a major freeway system from where Toby escaped). The couple saw an African Grey sitting in the parking lot that day and picked him up. They took him home with them and were going to keep him, but looked in the newspaper and saw the ad about Toby and called.

Toby's family thought it was unlikely to be him after all this time, but went to check him out. When they got there, and the bird saw them, he jumped up on a perch and yelled, "Hi . . . Toby . . . Hi . . . Toby." He was going to be darn sure they knew it was him.

I was truly amazed to hear their story of recovering their bird after such a long time. I think this should be a good reminder that miracles do happen and not to give up hope.

Catherine, Bird Patrol Member. And Bogie --U2 Raspberry--CAG Pickles--Hawkhead

(16) Vic from Sedona gives the HotLine a new purpose:

Had there been a "Bird HotLine" in 1955, my wife and I would probably have met 12 years earlier and possibly gotten married 8 years earlier. How am I drawn to this conclusion? In 1955, I lost a light blue parakeet who's name was "pretty boy" and who had an extensive vocabulary and unique and identifiable personality traits.

Years later, shortly after Ginny and I met and married, we determined the following: at the same time that I lost my parakeet, my future wife with whom I was not acquainted but who lived within a few miles of my home, found "pretty boy." Comparing notes, we are convinced that the adopted bird and mine were one and the same.After 29 years of marriage, I still find comfort in knowing that "pretty boy" found a good home and loving family.

(15) Edie tells us:

First of all let me tell you I work in a personal care home , working with a lot of elderly people. I am an Activity director and also a bird lover. My local pet store notified me one day they had a lutino-gray cockatiel that was born with crippled feet, and ask if I would be interested in adopting it for my senior residents at the home. I took him right away. After a visit to my vet and a vitamin shot he made his new home at Sugar Valley Lodge. He is now going on 3 yrs old and is the owner of 83 residents that love him as much as I do. He can sit on his perch with the back of his legs for support and gets around in his cage very well . (Pete) is a very special bird and has put smiles on the residents faces over the past couple years. We now have 9 birds at the home, but Pete is by far the number one bird!

(14) A guardian angel . . .

I find this story amazing. I have a lutino 'tiel that incurred $1000 in vet bills because she had a cranial abscess. She lost her hearing and sight and her head was inverted also. She nearly died many times. I tube fed her for more than six months. Today, her sight and hearing have returned and her head is vertical most of the time. She wants to do everything that the other 'normal' birds do. So each day, when it's her turn, she is placed on the play gym (bottom rung) with our other 'tiel and a 'keet.

I was in the kitchen washing and filling a water dish, when I heard Brandy our 6 year old African grey yelling "Mommy Daffy . . . Mommy Daffy," repeatedly. I came into the room and she had fallen down and I hadn't heard her. Brandy usually just says "Daffy fall down," but he had altered his norm to alert me! He knows she is one of God's special children and he treats her accordingly. He'll say, "Daffy girl, do you have an ouchie?" He has assumed the job of being her guardian angel. Gotta love 'em'. . . . Cathy

[It's our opinion that there are two guardian angels in that house. Bird HotLine]

(13) Heather in Minnesota shares:

I have a female African red bellied parrot who is just over one year old. She has come up with a new favorite thing. In the evening she sits on her play gym in front of the window. The window is often open ( with a screen of course) since the nights have been very warm lately. At dusk the outside birds are getting settled in for the night and make quite a stir in the trees outside. She wants to be a part of that, so she puts on quite a show. She will lean her head against the screen and flash her eyes and say "Hello there! How ya do'in?" and "love you" and 'morn'in!". Then she'll hang upside down on her rope perches and cry out "Weeeeeeee!" like she is having the time of her life. But alas, none of the birds come over to the window. She has this little pinched voice that comes out pretty high, but she is trying to be as loud as she can and seems very determined about it. She is great fun.

(12) Shirley tells us:

The other day a speech therapist was working with our 2 year old little foster child (girl). The worker said, "The rooster says, 'Cock-a-doodle-doo'." Then Nyla our 8 month old blue front amazon said, "Cock-a-doodle-doo? What in the world?"

(11) Pam confirms what we parrot people already know:

I have a African Grey (Qso) and a maxamillion pionus (Max), and I just got a wonderful little myers parrot (Millie). She is always playing and clowning around. A few days ago she was very active. She was swinging from toy to toy in her cage, when she lost her footing and fell (not hurting herself), but enough for me to take notice and walk over to her cage. By the time I got there Max, said, "Oops," and Qso was asking her if she was all right, and telling her to be careful. No one can tell me that the birds don't know what they are saying!

(10)Donna tells us about: A Very Surprised Vet!

A few months ago I took my CAG[African Grey], Bogie, to the vet for a check-up and a wing clipping. Bogie is a very social bird who will talk to anyone and began our visit by telling everyone who would listen, "Bogie's a good boy!"

In the examination room, the vet couldn't get over what an outgoing personality Bogie had. When it came to clipping his wings, little did I know that he was going to ask me to hold Bogie for him! Well...Bogie wiggled and squirmed trying to break free from my grasp. Finally, in frustration, he turned his head around and nipped me. I said "Ouch" just as the vet began clipping Bogie's wing. Bogie said, "That hu-urts!"

Talk about funny! The vet's jaw dropped and he just stopped what he was doing. He looked at me and asked, "Did he just say it hurts?" Laughing to myself I replied "Yes, he did." (I didn't have the heart to tell him that Bogie's comment was more a response to my,"Ouch!") With an incredulous look on his face the vet said, "That's the first time I ever had a patient tell me I hurt him!"

When the wing clipping was over, and we exited the examination room, the vet couldn't wait to tell everyone who would listen what happened! I can't wait for our next visit...I can just imagine Bogie telling the vet when he begins clipping his wings "Knock it off!" :o)

(9) Billy my own blue angel:

A little over 2 years ago, I bought my husband a blue front amazon, named Billy as a Xmas gift...Billy was 9 years old at the time, but quite tame and friendly. Even so, I was scared to death of him. He can look fierce at times, and that beak looked like it could take off my finger. I liked him but kept my distance.

Well, in February of the following year my husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and we knew he did not have long to live. While he was sick, he would lay on the couch, and Billy would ask him, "Are you OK?" And do all sorts of tricks for him, and talk up a storm, almost like he was entertaining him. My husband died on May 1st of that year. Afterwards I wasn't sure what I was going to do about Billy, but little by little he wormed his way into my heart, and now he is my heart. When I go on vacation, he comes with me. He calls me "Mother," most of the time, or "Pat" if he's mad at me. I wouldn't give him up for all the tea in China, or for that matter any reason at all.

[Pat, thanks for sharing that story with us. . . . Bird HotLine]

Judy adds: Our angels, indeed! I have a neighbor with an African Grey. He mimics perfectly her voice, her husband's voice, and their son's voice. Shortly after she had told me that, I met a young man who told me about a lady who had a grey. The lady passed away, and her grey was so very special to her children because, you guessed it, they could still " hear their mother's voice", thanks to her cherished feathered friend.

(8) A Surprising Hero!

I am pres. of the LI Parrot Society. A bird was reported lost. and we sent out the word. Luckily, the bird was found. How he was found is another story.

A fellow heard his dog making a ruckus and his kids yelled to him that his dog (a golden lab retriever) had a "pigeon" in its mouth!!!! Luckily, the bird was unhurt. [Or maybe our lab here knew he had something precious to save. BHL] The owner of the dog saw the posters about the missing bird and called the owner. The TAG was returned to its owner last night, and the bird & owner were happily reunited. [The golden retriever has turned in his resume to 911—BHL ]

(7) PJ Saves The Day:

My children and I had been at a pet store, and my son asked for another cockatiel. I said "No, three birds are enough for now". After our 20 min. ride home we pulled in our drive and I heard the distinct sound of a tiel. My first reaction was that someone let my baby out. Then I saw a glimpse of it, it was much larger than my tiel. I whistled and quite to my surprise the tiel was on my shoulder in a matter of seconds.

I calmly walked into my home. I could tell this tiel was well loved. He was a beautiful gray with yellow top feathers. A friend said it looked like a bird belonging to a friend of his. Since he wasn't a person who really gets into tiels, I figured "They all look alike to him".

To make a long story short. We went looking for the owner right away. Another friend said that she saw a man walking to a mailbox with a tiel on his shoulder in the area. We thought it had to be his. Wrong! He answered the door with his tiel still on his shoulder. We felt really funny about it, but we went from door to door asking people "Do you have a tiel?" The people looked at us like we were from another planet. Anyhow we came home and low and behold my friend yelled out that it was his friends bird. He had left the tiel in its cage outside and somehow the cage was left open. He spent hours searching for him, and the family was so happy to have their tiel back. He had flown about three miles. We still can't stop talking about it when we see each other.

(6) Tara Blue tells us:

I have two birds, a mitred conure and an umbrella cockatoo. I love being told, "I love you," every morning from my conure. And when I come home at night it's always, "Hey baby!" I love my birds, their great fun and company.

(5) Cockatiel And Owner Reunited

Palo Alto bird, known for singing Dutch tune, helps own cause:

With a splash of color and a flutter of feathers, a cockatiel fell into Kathy Politzer's life one sunny day in June. It also happened to be the same day she was holding her garage sale.

"All of a sudden this bird just flew into the back yard," said Politzer, who lives near Loma Verde Avenue and Alma Street in Palo Alto. She grabbed a towel from the tables of sale items, wrapped up the exhausted bird and put him in a box. That was June 21.

When she unwrapped the bird, he instantly hopped up onto her shoulder. The gray cockatiel with orange cheeks quickly began to grow on Politzer's family. She checked out books on bird care and asked at every pet store she went to whether anyone had reported a lost bird. No one had.

The one unique thing about the bird was it would sing a tune that sounded to Politzer like "Dixie." But she couldn't quite make it out. Days passed and then one morning this month, Politzer glanced through the lost pet ads in the Palo Alto Weekly. There she spotted an ad for a lost cockatiel, one that disappeared from a home on Kipling.

She called the name and got in contact with Anna Wiersma who lives about six blocks away for her and had been missing her bird, Bonnie, since June 20. But Politzer needed to be sure. Does he sing any particular song, she asked?

Wiersma began whistling the Dutch wartime anthem "House of Orange, Long Live the Queen" over the phone.

"That's him!" Politzer said.

A tearful reunion ensued and Bonnie was soon back home with his friend Clyde, the parakeet he rooms with. Wiersma is hoping her cousin, who breeds the birds, will be able to find one for Politzer in the fall.

"She took good care of him," Wiersma said.

(4) Nancy with a Fishy Bird Story:

Our 5 year old Sun Conure is a 'sentry' bird - her job is to advise all in the house if anything is happening - outside or in. One day in the mid afternoon she started screaming and screaming.....I couldn't find anything amiss in the house - no cats big black crows at the birdfeeder.

Before leaving the room I walked over to the fish tank and noticed a prize saltwater fish lying on the floor. I quickly picked him up and dropped him back in the tank. Daisy immediately stopped screaming and went back to her food bowl. Somehow she had seen the fish jump out and wouldn't quiet down till someone did something.

What an amazing bird!!!

(3) From The Bird HotLine

On Sunday morning Feb. 1 (our 3rd day on the web) we at Bird HotLine got news that a Grey was lost in PA. A few minutes later someone else sent us the details as the owners were not on the web. We immediately got busy setting up the info to add to the View Lost page.

We checked back with our email a few minutes later and found a message that the bird was found! Hurrah! We got busy again removing the message from the View Lost page. Much happier at our work this time.

Today (Feb. 2) we received the following and wanted to pass it on to you all:

RE: Lost Grey in PA: I'm a breeder and since the owners are not on-line, I've been in contact with them throughout. They found her [their Grey] in a neighbors yard, after dark, huddled next to a woodpile. If I had to guess, I'd say what stopped her from flying up was the cold weather and the fact that she is so tame. They do realize how fortunate they are to get her back, and they are so thankful to all who helped. They even had someone somewhere in PA call and offer to come over today and help with the search. [Are bird people wonderful, or what]

Normally she is clipped, but it has been so cold there that they decided to let it go until the weather got milder. Needless to say they now have a different view about that. These people are wonderful pet owners too, very responsible. I was quite surprised when they called and told me the bird got out. [Remember that, folks, it can happen to the best of us.] She is going to the vet to be checked out Monday, just as a precaution.

I [the breeder] must thank everyone again. The response was quite touching and I am so grateful to know that there are people out there who care and want to help. [We at the Bird HotLine want to second that, and are so excited at the response to our site. Here we were in Sedona, AZ trying to get help for someone in PA. . . . What's that phrase about "a small world."]

(2) ASHLEY of Atlanta:

Max, my blue & gold macaw, likes to sit on his play area, and throw treats to the dogs.
The dogs will sit nicely waiting at his feet, and when he throws one it's like a king throwing a gold piece to the poor: they scramble to see who gets it. (note: the treats are carrots, brocolli, nuts, whatever).

(1) GARRY of Anchorage, Alaska:

E.T., my Congo African Grey parrot, has always shown a preference for words with an "ooooo" sound, so I tried to teach her to say "Hi! My name is Poo-Poo!"

She took me literally and now calls ME "Poo-Poo!"

In the AM it's "Good Morning, Poo!" In the evening it's "Goodnight Poo-Poo." When I sing Itsy-Bitsy Spider, I get "Thank you, Poo."

The other day, she elevated my position in her universe; I came up the stairs and she said "Good Morning, Poo-Poo Bird!"

What did we do for fun before we had parrots?


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