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May 1, 2010

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Kalani, the Pet of the Day
Name: Kalani
Age: One year old
Gender: Male
Kind: Blue Headed Pionus
Home: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA
   Kalani is a very special bird for many reasons. He is one of the most gentle birds I've ever had other than my cockatiel, Star. He will go to anyone that wants to hold him whether they are kids or adults. It doesn't matter to him. He'll go to anyone that will be happy to pay attention to him and talk to him. Sometimes he'll even try to talk back. And last, he's even got my mother to become fond of him from the moment he came home last August when he made it known to her that he had a gentle soul because she is cautious about some birds. He just has that look on his face that makes it hard to resist him. Even my bird vet has said wonderful things about Pionus Parrots and likes Kalani.

    Kalani and his sister were raised by a breeder in Connecticut. I got to see pictures of him growing up. He came home last August to South Dakota on a long plane ride at four months. I had waited three months before he came to live with me. I had been wanting a larger parrot for sometime and decided that the Blue Headed Pionus was a good choice for me as a first larger parrot. Kalani has been a joy to raise since I got him home. I haven't met a person that is afraid of him because he's never once tried to bite people when I introduce him. He loves to have his head scratched.

    He is doing very well on his talking to the point I thinks he's acquired a larger vocabulary than people say is average for a Pionus Parrot. He can say: What, Hello, Hi, Hi Kalani, Hello Kalani, Kalani, Pretty bird, Good boy, Peekaboooo, Kalani's a good boy, What's a cat say...meow, What's a duck say... quack quack, Kiss Kiss, Step up, Okay, and he's trying to say the word 'Up' of 'Up and down.' At times, when he or my halfmoon conure start saying the word 'Peekaboo,' the other will follow along. He can also whistle, make kissing sounds and clicking sounds. When I start whistling, he will began to whistle along with me. He will wave his foot also as if he's waving hi to you. It's really cute!

    Kalani loves to chew on wooden toys and play with foot toys. He is not a picky eater. He does have a few favorite fruits or veggies here and there. He does love red peppers, carrots, blueberries, oranges, apples, and grapes. He'll accept a bit of chicken once in awhile, but he doesn't like it as much as my conure does. He doesn't care for bananas so far. I try to keep having him try different foods to see if he likes them.

    He loves being outside. He does squawk a lot out there though. Don't know if it's because he wants to make himself heard or what. But he surely loves it out there basking in the sun as I feel it's good for their feathers. He'll squawk out of sheer happiness when I give him a spray bath out there as he flaps his wings.

    Well, I could go on and on about Kalani. I would recommend a Blue Headed Pionus to families with children since they are gentle birds and are fun to have around. I love him very much and hope he's around for many years.

Kalani, the Pet of the Day
Kalani, the Pet of the Day

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