I wrote this post last month then came across this video today. Too cute not to share.
As someone owned lock, stock, and barrel by this parrot for the last 35 years, I found this article a fun read. It was sent to me by Bill Bonvie, a fellow writer and author of Repeat Offenders.
Parrots Are a Lot More
Than ‘Pretty Bird’ from the NYTimes by Natalie Angier.
partisans say the birds easily rival the great apes and dolphins in
all-around braininess and resourcefulness, and may be the only animals
apart from humans capable of dancing to the beat."
"The most celebrated dancing parrot is Snowball, a sulfur-crested
cockatoo with a trademarked name whose YouTube dance performances to Queen, Michael Jackson and the Backstreet Boys have been viewed some 15 million times."
Hopi was hand-raised and came from a breeder. India, Mexico, South Africa are the source of many illegally imported parrots, none of which, if they survive, will ever make good pets. The stress alone can cause them to sicken and die. If you want to own a parrot, please get one that is hand-raised, preferably by you, and purchased from a breeder. Also recognize, it will be lifelong commitment. They can live 80 or more years, and are messy to a fault. Ask any of my friends.