||Red Sided Eclectus Parrot|
||Mission Viejo, California, USA|
are entertaining, brightly colored, unique, and intelligent. They are
capable of speech and flight. They are also loud, messy, independent, bratty
little biters. Chico is my special companion (not pet) because he is all of
the former and so much more, yet none of the latter. He has a natural squawk
which he uses to call to his small flock of humans. He has an even louder
more urgent squawk which he uses to sound an alert. Chico has taken on the
responsibility of providing flock security. His moments of alarm are few and
reasonable. Most birds generate a fine feather dust. The Eclectus does not.
This species has been called hypoallergenic for this reason. He is happiest
when perched on my shoulder and has learned to wait for his potty break.
Chico has never bitten me in anger. We are starting our third year together.
There is a trust between us both have earned and neither has broken. Chico's
age is not known because he is a rescue. His former parront could no longer
care for his needs adequately. My daughters will take over his care when I am
gone. My desire is for Chico to never have to search for his next "Forever Home."
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