To, Too, Two, and ‘Too

June 9, 2011 § 2 Comments

Sorry for the extended break . . . I vacationed and then procrastinated. To make up for my absence, I’ll do a post on something interesting – namely Cockatoos.

Cockatoos, also known as ‘Toos, are a group of various parrots who have crests on their heads – Moluccans, Umbrellas, Goffins, Cockatiels, etc. In this group, there are varying personality types: As usual, I’ll go over these.

WHAT PEOPLE IMAGINE

Cuddly, sweet, loving, best bud, friends 4 ever. Cockatoos have built up *quite* the reputation as cuddly birds – and though it’s certainly deserved, this reputation doesn’t include the other personality types.

THE CUDDLY SCREAMER

Moluccans and Umbrellas are quite possibly the two most difficult parrots to care for. They’re known for a cuddly personality, extremely loud screams, a clingy love of one person, and hard, sometimes frequent, bites. Moluccans and Umbrellas are difficult to care for, and should only be purchased by experienced parrot owners.

THE HYPERACTIVE ESCAPE ARTIST

That’s the Goffin, along with the Bare-Eyed. These guys are personality with a capital P, and are, though easier than Moluccans and Umbrellas, still quite difficult to care for. They’re noted for a Houdini-like ability to escape their cages and a mischievous and active personality.

THE BEGINNER’S BIRD

Cockatiels, the smallest of the Cockatoos, are first-class beginner’s birds. They, unlike the other Cockatoos, have small beaks that aren’t always attracted to biting you, and are known for amiable, friendly personalities.

That’s as much as I can handle today – back to procrastination. 😉

 

A Pet Store Introduction to Lovebirds

April 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Today you will be subjected to learning all about Lovebirds, which I’m sure you’re very eager to do after meeting Mango and Kiwi. To do this, we’ll take a trip to an imaginary pet store which is completely uninformed on correct parrot care, and where a shopper is considering buying a Lovebird.

Shopper: “Aww, aren’t they cute! What type of bird are they?”

Pet store employee: “Oh, those are Lovebirds. They’re like miniature parrots.”

Actually, Lovebirds are parrots, just like Budgerigars (popularly known in the US as Parakeets) and Cockatiels.

Shopper: “You know, I think I might want one of those.”

Pet store employee: “You should get two – they don’t do well alone.”

As you already know, this is a myth. In fact, Lovebirds are generally better pets when they are kept singly, because they will consider you their mate and spend their time with you. If you keep a pair, they’ll make fine pets, but expect them to mostly ignore you.

Shopper: “All right. So, what’s their personality?”

Pet store employee: “They’re very loving! Just little cuddle bugs!”

Lovebirds are certainly loving, but they’re just as likely to bite as any other parrot. As their beak is one of the largest, if not the largest, of all parrots (relative to size, of course), this bite is also going to be quite the pinch. Other behavior issues they can have includes making big messes and chronic tweeting. 🙂

Shopper: “I was thinking of getting a Cockatiel. Do you think I could keep them together?”

Pet store employee: “That would be fine. The Cockatiels are right over there. . .”

Lovebirds are known for being extremely aggressive toward other parrots. If housed with a Cockatiel, or any other type of parrot (including large types!), they would probably attack – with the result of either a Cockatiel missing toes, or a severely injured or even killed Lovebird.

Because now our pet store employee is telling the customer incorrect facts about Cockatiels, we’ll continue on without his help. Lovebirds are known for forming strong bonds when paired, hence the name and myth, and for having a fascination with small, dark places like pockets. Mango and Kiwi, for example, grind their beaks (in parrot language, this is a sign of contentment) whenever they tuck themselves into places like this.

There are many different kinds of Lovebirds, but the most common is the Peach Faced. You’ll probably have figured out that they have peach-colored faces, and these are paired with a green body and bright blue tail feathers.  The color mutation Lutino is thought to be the most beautiful kind, with peach faces and bright yellow feathers.

Lovebirds have super-sized personalities tucked into a tiny package, and if you’re looking for a loving, energetic, whimsical companion, and don’t mind bites, messes, and excessive tweeting, a Lovie is for you. Look for a hand-fed baby at a responsible breeder, or adopt one or two from a rescue!

 

 

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