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September 28, 2000

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Peevie, the Pet of the Day
Name: Peevie
Age: One year, one month old
Gender: Male
Kind: Green Cheek Conure
Home: Upper East Side, New York, New York
   Peevie is a male, named for one of F. Scott Fitzgerald's friends (Edmund) Peevie Parrot. He was a gift from a friend, who bought him at a parrot store in Mattapoisette, Massachusetts. He is a very obedient, well behaved and fairly quiet bird who likes to watch movies and listen to classical music, or whatever I happen to be doing, except the noise of dishes washing or water running. He rarely uses the bathroom in his cage anymore, I taught him to use the toilet, or he goes on the shelf above my desk where he usually likes to sit on a perch made of Pollylogs. He likes to sit on my shoulder and massage my ear and cuddle against my hair. He can speak a few words, like "hello," "what do you want?" and his name, and frequently speaks phrases in Conure language, which sound like words but aren't, as well as a number of funny noises and jungle sounds. My friend who gave me the parrot has a Hans Macaw, but wishes she had gotten a Conure because of their pleasant dispositions. I think Green Cheeks are highly under-rated, they are beautiful with exquisite coloring, sweet and adorable birds, and extremely intelligent, he had learned all commands in only one or two lessons.

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