–Thanksgiving parrot joke: A man received a foul mouthed parrot as a November birthday gift. Every word out of the bird’s mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. The new owner tried to change the dirty bird’s coarse language; but failed at every attempt. Finally, he shook the parrot and the parrot got even ruder. The owner, in desperation, put the bird in the freezer. Suddenly there was total quiet. Feeling remorseful, the man quickly opened the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out and said “I believe I may have offended you with my rude language. I’m sincerely remorseful and I intend to correct my behavior.” As the stunned owner was about to ask the parrot what changed his mind, the bird continued, “May I ask what the turkey did?”
-Worried about keeping your bird well behaved and content when all those holiday guests arrive? Linda Costello offers some strategies for keeping pet birds happy when they have to compete for your attention with house guests http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-blog/linda-blog/100826-company-is-for-the-pet-birds-again.aspx
:-If football or the Macy’s parade aren’t your bag, you may want to scope out Kili the Senegal. The star of “20 Parrot Tricks in 2 Minutes” is up to some new tricks in this sequel;:: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cI9gArVXbro
– Does your bird like to chew on shirts, earlobes, jewelry etc.; when sitting on your shoulder? (Or more to the point, what bird DOESN’T?) Bird Trainer Chet Womach offers some perspectives in:
http://www.birdtricks.com/blog/help-my-sun-conures-eats-all-my-shirts-3/ …. and some important info on keeping birds safe from airborne contaminants: :http://www.birdtricks.com/blog/dangerous-air-borne-contaminates/
-Don’t forget to share some Thankgiving dinner with your bird; particularly those yummy vegetables, potatoes and even pumpkin pie. Thea of Scituate likes to crack open a walnut and let her Indian ringneck parakeet Kiwi pick away at the insides.
–Wing clipping: cruelly restrictive or wise safety precaution? The debate rages among aviculturists. On pro-free flight side: http://www.libertywings.com/ A video of some free flying parrots in the Moab Desert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk_IsEB5Q7Q Thanks to Kathy Heaton and Linda Austin.
–While most parrots prefer the tropical rainforest, the cactus conure will take the desert, thank you. Read up on this unique bird in Click here: The Cactus Conure – Little Known Parrot of Brazil’s Arid Scrublands | That Bird Blog by Frank Indivglio. Frank also describes the remarkable diversity of parrot species found in Columbia in :Click here: That Bird Blog: Your Pet Bird Information Source from ThatPetPlace.com