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Favourite Field Trip

Last weekend we drove out to Smith Falls to visit the Parrot Partner bird sanctuary in their groovy new digs. Since our last visit, they’ve become a registered charity and they’ve moved out of Judy’s house, which had been taken over by all the parrots she had rescued. You know how it goes. One […]

Christmas in May

Parrots are smart. They need plenty of stimulation or their mental health will suffer. Parrots are difficult enough to live with when they’re mentally healthy; you definitely don’t want to push them over the edge. So parrot toys are a necessity. And, since many good parrot toys will quickly be reduced to piles of rubble […]

What is she saying?

Kazoo is a 16-year-old Double Yellow Headed Amazon parrot. She talks. We don’t always know what she’s saying exactly, but we always know what she means because she’s remarkably expressive.

Take a look at this video and see if you can tell what she’s yelling at the 7-second, 27-second and 37-second marks. This is something she […]

First, borrow a kitchen

This is a messy job. I recommend using your boyfriend’s kitchen, especially if he has a Cuisinart and a tendency to clean up after you.

You start with this:

About halfway through, the kitchen will look like this:

And the great big pot will look like this:

When your great big pot overflows, your boyfriend will go to the […]

Simon Says!

They say you should never get an African Grey parrot because of their famous speaking abilities. It’s not fair to the parrot, and besides, there’s no guarantee that the African Grey you get will actually talk, unless of course you adopt an already-speaking adult, which is a very good idea.

While African Greys on the whole […]

Feeling sorry for myself

Yesterday I was sick. It hit me very suddenly at 10:30 in the morning. I spent the day in my pajamas on the couch, trying not to throw up. I feel marginally better today.

In the afternoon I got an email from that job I’ve been after – the one where I’ve been taking all those […]

My first conversation with my talking parrot

Kazoo and I discuss life, the universe and everything!

As you can see, I lied. Kazoo has a one-track mind, and it’s contagious.

Kazoo's Debut

Here’s Kazoo! I haven’t been able to get any good pictures of him yet because he’s still a little shy, and he hangs out way up there near the ceiling. (He’s on a perch on top of his cage.)

His cage is huge. I remembered it was big, but holy guacamole! It looks a lot more […]

Be careful what you wish for

I wish I had a talking parrot.

Or maybe a pair of talking parrots.