||Three years eight months old|
||Lake Oswego, Oregon, USA|
is three years and eight months old. She is a Fischer's lovebird.
Niles is special for many reasons. She was named prior to my
discovering that she was in fact a female. I discovered this when she
laid her first egg! She is quite a nest builder. Her nest is in a
nest box, which she accesses via a three-foot long wrapping paper tube
that she uses as a tunnel. The tube fits into the entrance hole in
the nest box, so it works perfectly. She also registers her
disapproval of my talking on the telephone by grunting into the phone
at whoever I am conversing with. Despite somehow swallowing metal
shavings, she has managed to break down the harmful zinc in those
metals and she is now thriving. Her hobbies include eating grapes,
shredding paper for her nest, and bathing in the kitchen sink.
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