||Five years old|
||Red-crowned Amazon Parrot|
||Beckley, West Virginia, USA|
is a red-crowned Amazon or mexican red-headed Amazon. He's on the
smaller size for a amazon, very intelligent and loving. He always wants a
say in what goes on with him, I respect that. He's noisy at times, but
mostly quiet, and is a good talker. His feelings can be hurt and he
remembers when you slight him. He's a great bird, but he is an Amazon. I set
firm boundaries and we get on okay.
Merlin is my first parrot. My husband is a notorious one-stop Christmas
shopper and Merlin was his gift for that year. I know, no research, not a
good thing, but it's been really good. I've had so many different animals
over the years, and I started studying and reading up on parrots
immediately. I just had to learn how he thinks. He was a little over eight
months at the time, he'll be six in April.
He's a pretty mellow guy, he's happy just to hang out w/me. He spends 90% of
his time out of his cage and he can get into a lot of trouble. His current
favorite hobby is making sure I get new dishes - anything unsupervised is
pushed to the floor!
He's a great talker, and has over 40 words/phrases. It's not something we
tried to teach him, he just picks things up from our conversations. He's
fully flighted, so he gets plenty of exercise flying around the house. He
loves for me to sing to him and will bob his head and throw a little owww
and a occasional "Merlin" into the lyrics.
It's really been good, but parrots aren't for everyone. He's like a toddler
that flies, is into everything and mobile enough to get into anything he
wants. But I wouldn't give up my guy for the world.
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