||Five years old|
||College Park, Maryland, USA|
is an eclectus hen who is about five years old. We bought
her when she was three and have had her for two years now. She is
very talkative and can sing. Her favorite song is the Barney song
which she sings loudly and clearly. Her favorite foods are apples,
oranges, and grapes. Princess loves to ride in the car and go for
walks in the evening. She doesn't have a favorite toy but she likes
to listen to music and she watches TV!
I found Princess about three years ago living in a neighbor's
basement. This woman was breeding birds from her basement and they
were kept in really substandard conditions. When she told me she had
an eclectus in her basement I just had to see it!
When I saw her, she was living in a really small cage with not much
food or water and she was very mean! I bought her out of pity, and my
husband and I both thought, if she never loves us, at least we got
her out of there. Needless to say, after about a week, the
Eclectus who would bite and was mean, was in my arms kissing me. I
think birds, and any animals, know when they are helped!
Eclectus birds are originally from the Australia area. The male birds
are all green with a candy corn beak. Their beak actually looks like
a candy corn. The females are bright red with the deep purple neck.
There are three sizes of Eclecuts, small (Solomons Island), medium
(Vosmerei) and large (Grand Eclecuts). Princess is a Vosmerei which
is the medium size.
The Eclectus loves to eat fruit and basically can eat anything but
avocado and chocolate. She even loves pizza! Princess doesn't like to
play much but seems to like watching TV. I have 17 birds and they all
watch TV. She also talks a lot but Eclectus tend to talk when no one
is in the room with them. She won't talk if we are around. If I
call my husband Princess will answer, "What?" In fact, her voice is
so much like his that I can't tell them apart if I'm in another room!
She also meows like a cat, which drives us nuts!
Princess loves to shower and takes a shower with us. She has a
special shower perch. She enjoys a car ride too! Princess is not very
social with the other birds and it is not a good idea to put her with
a smaller bird. She likes being held and likes people the best. She
also loves country music. If I put on a country music record she
sways back and forth and bops up and down. If I leave the room she
starts to sing. Her favorite song is the Barney song, which
unfortunately my husband taught her! She sings, "I love you, I love
me!" Instead of "you love me". I think she is trying to tell us
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