Archive for January, 2008

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Mr. Monk and the Sun Conure

January 30, 2008

I’m watching TV today — an episode of Monk (Mr. Monk and the Red Herring) — and imagine my surprise when they feature a sun conure! On the show, Monk goes to a pet store and notices a bird. The geeky pet store clerk says, “You can have him for free. We can’t get rid of him, people keep returning him.” When asked what’s wrong with the bird, the guy says “he depresses people: he doesn’t talk, he just sits there and cleans himself.”

Aughh!!! This is such a huge pet peeve of mine (pun totally intended). An animal is not a toaster oven!! You don’t just return them because they aren’t as “fun” as you thought they’d be. When bringing home a new pet, you make a commitment to him/her. You don’t just exchange it.

This attitude isn’t just writers’ license on a television show; I see people say things like that all the time on the Internet. “Oh, he didn’t bond with my wife, he likes me better, so we’re thinking of returning him and getting a different bird.” Ugh!

Makes me very unhappy. Some people take the decision to bring home a bird much too lightly. (Good reasons NOT to get a parrot)

Oh, and that cage the bird was in (in the fictional pet store) was WAY too small. A conure cage should be at least 20″ in the shortest dimension. Stewie’s cage is 21″w x 32″l x 35″h and I’m actually of the opinion that it’s a little too small (even though I can fit my whole body in it). Once you put toys and perches in a cage, it really starts looking small, fast.

Here’s what a cage that size looks like; notice the conure standing on the door.

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Amazon Singing “I Shot the Sheriff”

January 13, 2008

Another one of my favorite parrot videos. Here’s an Amazon groovin’ to Bob Marley: Whoo-hoo-HOO!

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Weighed My Sun Conure Today

January 10, 2008

Got Stewie to step on the scale today, finally, after many months of getting him used to the idea (yeah, I wasn’t in a hurry). He weighs 104 grams. Down from 106g last time I took him to the vet for a nail trim, and up from 103g when I took him to his first well-birdie visit after I picked him up from the animal shelter. That type of variation isn’t that unusual, especially since I’m not measuring his weight at the same time right in the morning – a few grams here or there can be attributed to what food he has stored in his crop and/or the last time he “emptied out.”

He’s on the small side for his species, so I’m not worried that he’s a little under average weight for a sun conure.

Here he is on his bird scale (the perch is covered in vet wrap):

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p.s. Having trouble getting your bird weighed? Download Barbara Heidenreich’s video on how to train a parrot to step on a scale.

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Awesome Parrot Artwork

January 9, 2008

I found some really awesome watercolor artwork of parrots.

I particularly love the cockatiels, the Scarlet Macaw, the Ringneck … Oh, heck, I love them all!

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Cockatoo (Advanced) Escape Artist

January 3, 2008

This isn’t about conures, but this has got to be one of my all-time favorite video of parrots. Check out the smarts on this cockatoo: