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Bird quirks

Someone on the linnie fourm started a thread in which we list our birds' quirks. I love the thread, but wanted to list my other birds' quirks, too. So I am starting this thread hoping others will join in.

I won't have as many quirks to list as some of you because my birds are young. I'm sure they all develop more as time passes.

Stanley, bourkes parakeet, pulls out my unwanted facial hairs. I don't know how he knows I don't want these, because he doesn't pull out the hairs from my head. He also makes designs with vine balls.

Isaac, splendid parakeet, laughs. He does anything he can think of to annoy Stanley, then he sits and laughs and laughs.

Roni, senegal, throws her own poo if I don't clean it up quickly enough for her. When I am trying to pick them up, she tells the other birds to step up before I get it out of my mouth.

Unnamed linnie (son's bird - maybe he will wait until we know for sure what sex it is ) falls asleep on her face in her tent. She really looks dead, but she always wakes up in a great mood.

I know the rest of you have lots more quirks to report than I have.
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Kermit the Green Cheek dunks all of her dehydrated fruit in her water dish, and makes fruit soup.

Sam the Pionus hates rubber ducks with a vengeance. I believe every birdie needs a nemesis, but the extent that she goes to to kill and destroy her rubber ducks is a little disturbing.

Meeps the Splendid tastes EVERYTHING.. lol She just has to lick everything. The perch, cage bars, desk, toys, fingers. Right now she's licking her swing. I will say though she was incredibly easy to train to drink from a water bottle! LOL



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Hehe, Goober's nemesis is WATER BOTTLES! She will go crazy trying to attack and rip them apart - there's usually one in her cage bottom for her to go nuts on every morning to keep her busy



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Teehee!

Russ constantly flies on my head - especially when I'm trying to get dressed.
She eats everything. She scrapes off the paint off her cage, she eats posters, tearing apart the plastersine on my walls, whatever I'm eating, she'll come and eat that too. I'll break off a bit for her but she's more interested after a while with a bigger piece - i.e. the main meal, she eats the curtains and the stickers on my mirror.

When I go to the bathroom or out of my room, she'll follow me, squawking.

When she's on the rafter above me, she'll climb down and look until I place my hand up. We call it the helicopter pad.

And she makes noises like a squirrel <3
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Katie,
What type of parrot is Russ?
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Oh she's a budgie. I don't own any parrots (yet )
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I like that "yet", but I guess I always considered budgies little parrots, too. I suppose that is incorrect, but they sure have a lot of personality.
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I like that "yet", but I guess I always considered budgies little parrots, too. I suppose that is incorrect, but they sure have a lot of personality.
Nope, it's correct. Budgies are parrots.


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She also - when she's in a naughty mood (and she did this for the first month I had her), put her head into the food container and flip it all out so there's nothing left and then she just sits with her bum up for a while.
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Where do I start. With most of my birds being hand raised they tend to get bigger personalities than aviaray bred parent reared birds.

My first 2 Alexandrines both males lived together in the same cage. They both loved Milk Arrowroot Biscuits only problem was Big Bird like his dunked in his water to soften it but Baby Bird liked his dry. Big Bird would dunk his and Baby would pull it out again. This would go on until the biscuit either disintergrated or they ended up eating them. It was a real war of wills.

George one of my Sulphur Crested Cockatoos has started getting a bit, well you could say affectionate with me. He waves his foot at me, clenching it and releasing it, then he looks deep into my eyes and Pokes his tongue out the side of his beak. George was hand raised but his first owners partner was mean to him so he was not very friendly with people. The guy that I got him off wanted a smaller bird that was closer to the size of his Major Mitchell and a bird that he could handle easily so he gave me some money and George in exchange for a Corella that I had hand raised and was very friendly. George is slowly coming around and learning to trust me and will now let me sometimes give his head a little scratch without trying to bite me. He also yells at me all the time to Let Me Out. The previous owner had his wings cut and would sometimes let him wander round the backyard. I prefer my birds to be full flighted so George is not allowed to go wandering anymore, and until I get my back awning closed in properly and he is less aggressive he has to stay in his cage.
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That's so funny Kate. Sounds like George needs a mate of his own kind
Millie still talks baby talk to hubby Ted sometimes even though she has a mate. It's so cute He was her first love and I guess it's true you never forget your first
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Ziggy, maroon bellied conure.

Loves kisses, and loves cuddles!
She eats everything!

Learns tricks in days, and likes to show off by hanging in acrobatic and very uncomfortable positions!

Makes funny noises and mutters some strange words while she goes to sleep in her snuggle hut!



hates the lid of my hair spray, and will race across the floor if I ever drop it, and try and rip it to pieces.

She thinks she's the size of a macaw!

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Cess I did try to give him a mate. I paired him up with my beautiful Charlie. She did everything righ and the big sook George was absolutely terrified of her. He would not come within 3 feet of her. It has taken him about 3 years to decide that he actually likes me and it is only this year that he started doing his little mating ritual with me.
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Russy also likes to kiss and clean out my pores. Thinks my hands are food.
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Ella,
What did you allow that lid to do to the poor dear?

Roni, the senegal, has just developed a new thing. She will step whereever I want her to step, with one foot only! She keeps a tight grip on my finger with the other foot so I can't get rid of her and can't stop petting her.
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She also - when she's in a naughty mood (and she did this for the first month I had her), put her head into the food container and flip it all out so there's nothing left and then she just sits with her bum up for a while.

I thought it was only mine! Hoover does that daily! It is hilarious! Lol!
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Hilarious but such a mess and a waste of food! She's behaving now though, but I have a pic of her in her container with her bum up hehe.
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Ella,
What did you allow that lid to do to the poor dear?
It's green, and she's green.

She doesn't like other green things for some reason, even though parrots live in trees!!

She also likes the noise it makes when she grabs it with her foot and taps it with her beak.

It's quite strange, but thats parrots for you!

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I forgot another thing about our GC Kermit.. When she's sleepy she grabs her tail feathers and holds them. It's the funniest thing! It's like a security blanket. Haha



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Oh, that is cute, Jen.
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