She never spoke, but she was utterly and completely tame and sweet. Rode all around the house on my shoulder and spent all of her time when we were home outside of her cage. If I was reading, she'd come and perch on the top of the book. If was watching TV, she was either on my shoulder or on the couch next to me. She was so very loving and just wanted to be with us all the time - she even once laid one of her eggs while sitting on my ex's lap! She got sick and passed away right around the same time as my ex and I split up - since we bought her together just a couple of months after we got married, I've always wondered if our split affected her. I still miss her every day.
Then there's my crazy Zuni-parrot. He's a Meyer's Parrot from the group of Poicephalus parrots. I purchased him from a breeder when he was just a baby. His name comes from the beautiful turquoise feathers on his rump that reminded me of my turquoise and silver jewelry that was made by the Zuni tribe of Native Americans.
Here he is on hatching day. 1996 - can you believe it?
This is the first day that I met him (the breeder allowed me to visit several times before I actually took him home). He was a month old. I still remember that he crawled into the chest pocket of my shirt and fell asleep in there. We had to work really hard to get him back out so I could leave that day LOL!
Here he is with his two brothers. There were 3 babies in the clutch and all were boys.
Here he is with one of his toys and some of his adult feathers have grown in.
The breeder had this dog (which was really more of a pillow with four legs attached - he ate all the stuff that fell out of the bird cages and was the FATTEST dog I've ever seen) and several cats and she let them all run around on the floor with the baby birds so the birds would learn to interact and even defend themselves against family pets. I thought she was nuts until I saw one of Zuni's brothers chase one of the cats across the room. He certainly could stand up for himself and it helped make all of them more able to fit into any household they might be adopted into.
And here he is almost fully-fledged and ready to go home. The only difference now, 13 years later, is that his forehead is bright yellow just like the shoulder patches on his wings. Those yellow head feathers show up at about 1-2 years of age.
He talks, but can be a bit hard to understand. He says "hi kids" and "bye kids", "tickle", "poop", "where's Zuni", and does lots of whistles and noises he's picked up from around the house (like the beep of the malfunctioning smoke detector which is REALLY annoying). He also growls like a dog, hisses like a cat (when he's mad) and does a spot-on imitation of what Jimmie used to sound like. In fact, I used to get mad at her sometimes thinking she was the one making all the noise and then I'd come downstairs and she'd be peacefully sleeping and it was Zuni actually making her call - but since he's bigger, he was doing it at full parrot volume.
Whew! Okay, well, now you can say you've met all the bird-brains behind "Silver Parrot."