||18 months old|
||Congo African Grey|
||Broomfield, Colorado, USA|
is our 18-month old Congo African Grey, Peekaboo. We have had
him a year this month. He pretty much has run of the house, and he
loves his dad, John. He is just learning to talk, and can say Hi
Peekaboo, Hello, Up, Tickle, Stop and is learning more by the day.
He is excellent with sound effects, and can cluck like the Cadbury
Peekaboo is an only bird, until my husband and I can get a kitten or
two. He is pretty much as large as he is going to get. We need to go
to the vet and have him weighed. His wings are clipped, as there are
so many dangers for an unclipped bird inside a house, as in landing
in an open toilet or sink of water, landing on a hot stove or into a
boiling pot, hitting a wall, window, or mirror, or getting outside
and us not being able to catch him. Unclipped birds inside a house
are not safe!
He loves to hang upside down and has a big trapeze John rigged for
him that hangs from the ceiling of our apartment. He also likes to
bathe in his water dish (cleanest feet in town!). He also goes on
trips with us to visit relatives, and loves to ride in the car.
Peekaboo isn't really housebroken, but usually I can clean up after
him if he does go on the rug. His poops are fairly small. He won't
usually poop in his cage for some reason though, and always waits
until I let him out in the morning to "go." You can potty train
birds, and I think Peek would train easily, but if I weren't there
for some reason to tell him to go, that could cause medical problems.
African Greys are one of the smartest animals there are. If
you would like to learn more about these very intelligent birds,
Communication with Parrots: The Pepperberg Homepage.
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