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      02-21-2011, 08:47 AM   #177
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Thats a beautiful bird dc

me and my girlfriend were in pet show the other day and were petting a parrot and we managed to make it roll over and spread it's wings so it could be scratched, and by the time we left it had fallen asleep while we were petting it. It was pretty entertaining.
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Awesome shot StigJ... must've been really sleepy
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I had a cockatiel once, I'll never make that mistake again. Beautiful bird, called him Nigel, but good god was he loud. I've had African Grey's and a blue and gold Macaw once, but the Cockatiel took the cake for most annoying pet I've ever had.
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I had a cockatiel once, I'll never make that mistake again. Beautiful bird, called him Nigel, but good god was he loud. I've had African Grey's and a blue and gold Macaw once, but the Cockatiel took the cake for most annoying pet I've ever had.
Actually, two is the way to go. They keep each other entertained and the noise is limited to the first minute after you get home. I go see mine for a minute and they calm right down.

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I had a cockatiel once, I'll never make that mistake again. Beautiful bird, called him Nigel, but good god was he loud. I've had African Grey's and a blue and gold Macaw once, but the Cockatiel took the cake for most annoying pet I've ever had.
worse then a biting horse?
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Actually, two is the way to go. They keep each other entertained and the noise is limited to the first minute after you get home. I go see mine for a minute and they calm right down.

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haha So I hear, it was hard for anyone to convince me of getting another, when 1 was already so frustrating. The cockatiel was actually given to me by a friend who could no longer take care of him, he was an awesome bird, just VERY noisy so I wonder if part of the problem wasn't previous ownership. After doing some research I got the blue and gold Macaw, he was loud but not as obnoxious. The cockatiel would just start screeching, even when you approached the cage to put him at ease.

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I'll take a horse biting at me, playfully, over a bird that screeches constantly loud enough to startle my neighbors.
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haha So I hear, it was hard for anyone to convince me of getting another, when 1 was already so frustrating. The cockatiel was actually given to me by a friend who could no longer take care of him, he was an awesome bird, just VERY noisy so I wonder if part of the problem wasn't previous ownership. After doing some research I got the blue and gold Macaw, he was loud but not as obnoxious. The cockatiel would just start screeching, even when you approached the cage to put him at ease.
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Yes, getting any bird young is a key, or knowing that you like the personality of the bird. If you buy at a store, then you need to pick one with the personality that you like. Breeders that do it for fun tend to have consistent birds. Basically you want a bird that likes people, is confident and doesn't bite or scream. ALL birds require some amount of interaction and attention, either with a human or another bird.

This male in my image, Stormy, will scream constantly if he gets out of sight of his mate, Scooby. We're a little worried about what'll happen if Scooby dies before he does. She can live without him, but he'd be a wreck without her. Hopefully that won't be a worry soon, since these birds live around 25-years.

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however, you might be worrying about it for the next 25 years

I've heard a bird screaming loud enough for neightbours to hear before, it's not a nice sound, i can only imagine how it is when you're in the same house...

I think i'd take the ocasional bite from a horse too.
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Yes, getting any bird young is a key, or knowing that you like the personality of the bird. If you buy at a store, then you need to pick one with the personality that you like. Breeders that do it for fun tend to have consistent birds. Basically you want a bird that likes people, is confident and doesn't bite or scream. ALL birds require some amount of interaction and attention, either with a human or another bird.

This male in my image, Stormy, will scream constantly if he gets out of sight of his mate, Scooby. We're a little worried about what'll happen if Scooby dies before he does. She can live without him, but he'd be a wreck without her. Hopefully that won't be a worry soon, since these birds live around 25-years.

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If I ever work up the courage to try a large bird again, I'll get a male and female. Your right, these birds are very companion oriented, and I'm sure it was upsetting to Nigel when no one would be around for 5-6 hours a day, and then suddenly there was activety in the house. He always had his wings clipped so I could let him out and wander around, he had a rolling perch to so he could sit outside and get hosed down or just enjoy the weather.

Though the blue and gold macaw was more adventurous. I called him Captain Morgan, and he once, despite his wings being clipped, managed to fly several streets away. You can imagine the homeowners concern when a giant blue and gold bird landed screeching in his backyard.
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I like that pic a lot!

Did you use PS for the blur? Or some sort of tilt-shift lens?
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