||Three years old|
||Maximillian Pionus Parrot|
||Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA|
has forever changed my life. Living with Syd is like having a
perpetual two-year-old child in the house. He has turned my husband
and I into homebodies. I get the guilts when I am out past ten
o'clock at night. Do you know why? Because he sits up in his cage
waiting for me to sing his nightly lullaby. Once he gets it, he will
then tuck himself in for the night. If he is uncovered before he is
ready to get up, he wakes up on the wrong side of the perch. He will
not let me sleep past eight A.M. on the weekend. He rattles his whole
cage and makes a lot of racket to be uncovered.
We share our meals. He eats essentially everything we eat. His
favorites are mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots (which must be
cooked) and pizza. He seeks me out when I am in the kitchen and
stands in front of the fridge and begs for his shot glass of
cranberry juice. He will eat from his dinner crock but loves to be
spoon fed. Seeing as Syd is a rain forest species which originates
from Paraguay and Costa Rica, he is addicted to the shower. We shower
together every weekend. He will spread his wings wide open and bow
down to get every drop of water on his back. Afterwards, he is blown
dry with a hair dryer and his nails are filed with an emery board. He
loves to cuddle with me nightly in front of the television before he
goes to bed.
Pionus are the most quiet-natured birds of the parrot world. Because
of this innate trait, he is not a talker. He makes up for this with
his huge personality. He has his come here whistle that
he does continuously when I leave the room. He also has his
woooo call he does when he hears me come home.
I hope that I have informed many of the joys of bird ownership. They
aren't "just birds." They are loving, devoted companions
that can bond with you in a very long-term relationship, perhaps a
lifetime. Syd and I could possibly have four-plus decades of fun
ahead of us.
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