Companion of: Barbie S
From (City, State, Country): Austin, TX
Age: 10 months
Birds Homepage: http://www.capeparrot.org
Number of Capes You Have: 1
Pet or Breeder: Pet
Why did you chose a Cape Parrot?: reputation from other Cape others
Weight: 364 g
Amount of coloring & where: the usual. Getting his red socks & one little red feather on each wing.
Where Purchased: Scott Lewis – Old World Aviaries
When Purchased: 2/05
Age When Brought Home: 5 mos.
Hand Fed: Yes
Price Paid: enuf
Shy or aggressive around strangers: A little shy at first, but warms up quickly. Not shy like a Grey.
Talking ability: Very very good.
How would you rate noise: 5 or 6 on a 1-10 scale
How would you rate activity level: Maybe a 7.
Likes to bathe: Yep. Tolerates a shower but bathes out of his water bowl.
How cuddly or affectionate: Very affectionate & cuddly. makes squeals & happy sounds when i hug & kiss him.
Territorial: Sometimes, on his travel cage.
Size and type of cage: 30×24 Avian Adventure; parrot tower playstand
Favorite toys and perches: Loves his boing; swings; wooden toys
What is the regular diet: Harrisons pellets; fresh veggies; cooked grain & veggie mixtures
Favorite Food: corn!
Avian Vet or other Vet: Scott Echols and Paul Skellinger
Wings Clipped: Yes Both
Any Health Problems or Accidents: no
Comments: Chuy has the same parents as our famous Thor. He’s 10 months old and already quite the talker. He’s happy and playful and full of life.
Chuy has a big attitude. He has these hilarious whole-body hissy fits that are hard to describe… He squawks loudly, leans way back & puts his wings out all in one movement. When I, say, give him a bowl of food that he thinks he should have rec’d 10 seconds earlier, he has a hissy fit. Sometimes I think they are expressions of joy, but it’s hard to tell! He might do this when I give him a new toy, or take away a toy, & just about any time I give him food.
He loves to dangle upside-down. I also hold him on his back & give his belly kisses. He likes that and talks to me while I do it. Often he’ll make a raspberry sound and/or laugh when i kiss his belly. It’s really funny.
He can be naughty when it’s time to go in his cage. He’ll nip and not step up. I threaten to get the towel, and he gets even crankier. So I’ll have to grab him with a towel, which he hates. However he has never bitten me as hard as my Grey used to bite, and certainly has never drawn blood.
His wings are clipped. He’ll hop off his cage at least once/day to just have a look around the floor, or to grab a dropped toy. Sometimes he hops to the floor and walks into the other room to find me.
He’s quite the talker at just 10 months. Sound effects: phone ringing (both the base unit & the handset), microwave, crushing can, kisses, me couging, clearing my throat, raspberries, dogs barking, tongue clicking, trills, whistles, me laughing, the dogs’ squeaky toy… ETC. Words/phrases include: hello, Barbie, Murphy (dog), Little Rachel (dog), What a good birdie, no barking, no biting, whatcha doing?, peek-a-boo… He says strings of words I can’t understand, and has fake phone conversations complete with the rings and the answering beep. “ring… ring… beep. Hello? blah blah blah, okay, okay, alright, BYE. Beep.”
I ask him what my name is and he answers “Barbie.” Except for today. He keeps calling me Murphy, my dog’s name.
I lost my CAG about a month ago, and for a while afterwards Chuy was very sad and very quiet. Fortunately he is recovering from that… Now he is saying many things my CAG used to say. We both miss him.
Overall Chuy is an exuberant and very happy bird. He’s full of life, joy, and attitude. I’m very grateful for his presence in my life.
Chuy Eugene, Age 10 months, From Austin, TX
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