||Six months old|
||New Delhi, India|
is Paulie with me and Bruno, my pet Labrador Retriever. Paulie is
an extraordinary parrot, at least for us. Although he does not talk too
much, he is a great one at imitating sounds. Most of the sounds he has
picked up are from the balcony of our flat in New Delhi, India, where we
keep him for some part of the day during winter. He has a few mynah
birds as his friends who come to pay him a visit at least once a day.
Paulie can "caw" like a crow, yelp like a puppy, mew like a cat and
imitate practically any sound or cry related to birds/animals. He is a
great whistler and starts whistling as soon as he hears the dining
chairs being pulled out by us while settling down to our meals.
And to top it all he is a great "kisser" and will kiss us at the drop of
a hat. And believe it or not he can sense our presence, better than dogs
can. He starts off whistling as soon as he hears our car being parked in
the runway, two stories below.
I really don't know if you have heard of parrots crying. But Paulie does
exactly that, when he is annoyed. It is a long drawn out "ennnnh ..." He
has learned to copy my laughter and my wife's too. He does not usually
bite, but try to take him away off my wife's shoulder and you could be
in for a nasty nip. He is too fond of my wife, and likes to peck at her
hair playfully. He is very intelligent and a fast learner!