"K. T." at Happy Hour!
DELICIOSUS "KILO TANGO" CAN TALK!
Well, KT is turning out to be quite the peculiarly verbal
little parrot. I bet he says things that no parrot ever said before! The
first parrot whose first word was 'rrraaabbbitt'. Now he is learning how
to use the word in sentences... ha.
I was taking a nap yesterday and that is usually when KT
practices... when he knows I am here, but out of sight. It starts with his
crying for me to come back into the living room, then he starts the kissy
sounds... then he starts practicing talking. Yesterday was the same... he
started saying 'rrraaabbbitt' over and over. Then I heard what sounded
like he was holding a soft conversation! I listened closer to see if I
could tell what he was saying, and sure enough he was saying three
separate sentences all together: 'He's a rrraaabbbitt' - 'bunnie
rrraaabbbitt' - 'good parrot'. He would say them over and over and over
then give himself kisses, and start all over again. This went on for an
hour. I was so tickled I couldn't fall asleep for listening to him. I know
where he gets those phrases too. When I come home from work and KT hears
my car, he starts crying and crying. Then as soon as I get in the door, he
really starts flipping out and I always walk up to him and say hi by
saying to him either 'he's a rabbit' or 'he's a parrot' in a cute little
voice. Then I fix his supper, and then he comes out to play. And when he
behaves well and responds to any commands, be it 'step' or 'potties' or
whatever I ask him to do, I always praise him with 'good parrot!!!' over
and over. And Bunnie Rabbit I call him a lot. I don't do any formal speech
training with him. He is just picking up things he hears me say. He is
sooooooo smart. So smart it is scary... his favorite toy (the green mirror
lantern in the pics I sent you before) I always introduce to him by saying
'where's that toy' and he fluffs all up and starts having a fit for it.
Learned by the 2nd or 3rd time I brought the toy out with that phrase what
the phrase meant. I decided to test if he just recognized the words when
spoken as a solitary sentence. So I had him on my finger and started
talking to him in that cutesy voice he loves and ran an entire string of
phrases together with no pause or particular emphasis on words and in the
middle of a whole jumble of 'good parrot I love you bunnie rabbit he's a
parrot where's that toy bunnie rabbit... he started fluffing himself out
as soon as he heard those particular words buried in the middle and begged
for his toy! So if anyone ever asks you if parrots understand commands
from us because they seem not to understand what we are saying or asking
them to do....you can officially tell them they understand what they WANT
to understand, and only when there is something in it for them... ha. I
can say 'potties' a million times, but that is more of a 'chore' type
command, you know, like 'clean your room' or 'take out the trash' ha... so
he will make me wait til he is good and ready, and fly off somewhere if I
get too demanding about it. He never messes where he is not supposed to,
but he is more than happy to make me wait. I used to wonder if maybe he
just didn't quite comprehend...ha... jokes on me! He gets it alright.
By the way, today is Easter. This time last year on Easter
morning I was at the airport getting ready to fly to
Temple to pick up my
little Easter Bunny in a Cessna 150. See... he really is a rrraaabbbitt!!!
Hope y'all are having a good holiday. More later...
Michele, Sweetie & Kilo Tango
On Wednesday, March
14, 2007, our Blue and Gold Macaw, Charlie Bird, jumped on my shoulder
when removing her from her travel cage to take her back in the house
after a short trip to the store. I tried to reach her feet before she
could become flighted. She immediately went high above our home, circled
and headed south. She was flying about 40 mph at that time. It was about
6 p.m. and she was out of sight before we could get our vehicle out and
My husband took one vehicle and I took the other, and we drove for about
2 hours with no luck. On Thursday evening about 6 p.m. a neighbor down
the country road called to say our macaw was up in a tree near their
house. I tried desperately to get her to come down, as I knew she was
cold and hungry. She eventually left the tree and headed east into the
We drove looking for her about six hours on Thursday and again on
Friday, stopping to tell anyone that we saw about her--calling others
that we knew. On Friday night about 10 p.m. Charlie Bird knocked on the
back door of a wooden framed home about 1.5 miles east of us as a bird
flies. When the door opened she walked in the house, and stepped up on
the gentleman's arm--was he ever shocked--to have just gone to get a
glass of water. He gave her a bowl of water which she consumed and a
banana--not knowing what to feed her. She sat on the table for the night
warmer and protected from the cold of the past two nights.
We picked her up this morning, and she was very glad to see us. Stepped
right up (she had already bitten her friend from the night
before--trying to work with her) and after paying a reward, we came
home. The first word she said was "water" and went right to her cage and
began to drink from her Bird Butler. She readily went to her dish of
seed, sprouts, and veggies; and then settled in for a long overdue rest.
I know that we were very lucky, but just never give up; as I thought she
was already in San Antonio--but my husband placed cages, lights, radio
etc. each night and never gave up hope of her returning. I hand fed
Charlie Bird from a baby and had her about 7 years, and I am thankful to
say she is with us again. -- Dennie & Jack Saul
- Thanks Charlie's Angel!
Mine is a Pacific lucida
Parrotlet Glenda named peanut who has Never (I mean Never!) refused to
come out of her cage - even in Adolescence. She hops out of the cage,
both feet, onto my hand, (actually she practically falls & clamors out
of the cage... :) still does, always has, she came to me this way....
The first time Glenda put
peaNut in my hand I held & petted her for well over an hour. -
Marathon Cuddle Sessions!! - You got that right!! :) Such an
affectionate bird!!!!.... !
I know I could never have
done any better than getting my little parrotlet from Glenda, Breeder of
"peaNut"! - MA peaNut is so sweet. When I brag about her, I hope people realize that I'm really bragging
about my breeder. Thanks to Glenda!. :) by Cindy & peaNut
On the first day God created the Parrot.
On the second day God created man to
serve the Parrot.
On the third day God created all the
vegetables and nuts on earth to serve as food, if the Parrot liked them.
On the fourth day God created honest
toil so that man could labor for the
good of the Parrot.
On the fifth day God created trees and
branches and cables and ropes so the Parrot could chew them.
On the sixth day God created veterinary
science to keep the Parrot healthy and man broke.
On the seventh day God tried to rest,
but He had to clean the Parrot's
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