Come on folks! I know there are more Bird owners/lovers on here from another post on Dog Talk. I have loved all animals, all my life. I truely love dogs and have had many in my 61yrs, but they can't replace my Parrots. None of my dogs have ever told me to SHUT UP, Get your butt over here, or Nite Nite, etc or called me Fatso Fatso; like my Blue&Gold Macaw. None have loved me more than my Joshua; Greater Sulpher Crested Cockatoo; since his main phrase is Daddy's Baby. Yes, we can love more than just our Dogs. Lets get with it then, and start talking about our other animal friends.
I completely agree, I actually joined a bird forum just so I can learn what I need to learn before I get my bird home. :) Hm, maybe we should all try to get things rolling? I'm still learning but I can answer some questions. Besides that, I have a female Solomon Island Eclectus. I don't physically have her, but am in the process of making payments on her. She is just a baby, has gray fur all over her :) I'll be getting her in just under half a year.
I used to have a friend who had a parrot named 'Holiday'. He was awesome, and he used to confuse the cats by calling out "Here kitty, kitty, kitty". Parrots/cockatiels, are pretty much the only birds I like. I'm terrified of all others, not sure why, but maybe if I listen to you guys, my fear can be dealt with.
It all depends on the type of bird you get, they have their own set temperament like dogs and cats, of course, there are exceptions. The Eclectus as a general rule can be temperamental, imo they are one of the most beautiful birds out there. When a bird is hormonal is when you have to watch out for them, I have to personally experience when this happens, so, I'm guessing its different like humans. An Eclectus doesn't like to be babied a lot, sometimes they do but as a general rule no. And, do not mess with their food, lol. If your cleaning/adding new food, make sure the bird is on a play gym or a perch or on top of the cage. Eclectus are territorial of their food. My personality meshes perfectly with the Eclectus, its kinda funny. :P Birds are just like any other animal, but I agree, larger birds do intimidate me as well, they're capable of a hard bite. Which is why you shouldn't go near one, unless your comfortable and with someone that knows about them, because if the bird smells the fear they will take advantage of it. At least thats how the larger parrots are, like a hyacinth macaw..Anywho, I'll stop talking. :)
bogle lover, You can get over that fear. Birds do indeed sense fear and will take advantage of it. My Zachariah (Blue&Gold Macaw) is VERY big for a B&G. He sometimes gets "full of himself" and strikes at me. Since I raised the big dummy from 2mos (hand fed him), I am not afraid of him. He isn't mean, but he is about 4yrs old and feeling his oats. I just push his big beak away and refuse to play, and he gets the idea. Now, that said, if he was a Scarlet Macaw; like my Springer (who was lost to cancer); I would just back off and come back when he felt better. Scarlets don't kid around and/or back off. What I'm saying is famialiarity breeds comfort. When we went to Bush Gardens in '88; all the birds on perches had big signs that said I BITE-DON'T TOUCH ! I HAD to pet all of them, as I had just gotten my Scarlet. Not 1 tried to bite me. Just remember that though a macaw can take your finger off, he/she probably doesn't want to. Most just want lovin. Actually, the worst bites I have ever received were from an angry Gold Cap Conure (not much bigger than a Budgie).
Im ok with the birds at pet stores, and at peoples homes. As long as I see people handling the bird, I think my ego takes over, and I have to at least try it too. The parrots at the pet store like to have their heads scratched (they put their heads up to the bars) and I'm not scared of that. lol I think I'm beginning to think I'm only scared of ones in the wild. I've had bad experiences with wild birds. I've been attacked by sparrows that built a nest above our door, and I remember walking down a path once and being actually followed by about 30 magpies. Every time I passed one, it would fly ahead of me and wait for me to walk by again. And once I was stalked by a raven with a crooked beak. I would love to have a Parrot or something that big. But right now I don't have enough knowledge/funds to care for one, and I think I have enough animals in an apartment, lol.
My Quaker Saidie loves to say "Ohhh, your a puffy parrot! Whatcha doin? What makes you so puffy huh?" My African Grey, Ruby, always says "Jazzmin!!! WAKE UP!!! BREAKFAST TIME!!!" When she hears me cooking bacon or eggs. She also says to bald men, "Shiney head! Shiiiiney". My macaw LOVES Animal Planet. She always flutters over to the couch from her tree when the male announcer says "Only on Animal Planet" She absolutely loves Animal Cops Houston. When I get home "How was your day honey" *MWAH*" My lil parrots have plenty of things to say but these are my favorite ^_^