||Five months old|
||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA|
I'm Ringo! I am a Blue-Headed Pionus, which is a type of parrot.
Aren't I cute? My head will turn a brighter shade of blue after my first
feather shedding, called a molt. This will happen once I am about a year old.
I came to live with my current owners just a little over a month ago.
They won't let me share their last name on the Internet, so let's just
call them "the Smiths" (that's not their last name). The Smiths think
I'm adorable and they love me to pieces. They bought me a lot of a stuff
for my cage, but I don't use most of it yet. I like to sit in my food
bowl, but Mr. Smith is trying to teach me not to because I tend to poop
in my food and that is not very appetizing.
Like most birds, I groom myself to make my feathers clean. This is
called preening. I also preen the Smiths' hair when I'm on their
shoulder. Another way I can get myself clean is to bathe. The Smiths
sometimes spray me lightly with water. Pionuses are supposed to like
this, but I'm not a fan yet. Maybe once I get used to it I'll go in the
shower with one of the Smiths. The full blast of spray would be too much
for a bird, so they can splash me with some water from the shower.
I have to have my nails clipped every few months so that they do not
hurt the Smiths when I am on their arm. I also have my wings clipped so
that if I get away from the Smiths I can't fly somewhere and hurt
myself. If you have a bird (or are a bird!) and need this treatment
done, visit your local bird store or bird vet.
By the way, some of the food I like includes carrots and pretzels. Yum!
I envy bunnies, they get carrots lots.
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