Monthly Archives: July 2007
This morning, I heard that my African Grey Parrot, Rufus, learned a new animal sound. We were outside and he heard a ring necked dove cooing and then did the call himself. I decided to make a new List on my space of all the things he can say. (I made it with the Book List as it is the only list that sorts alphabetically).
Rufus had already lived with another family before I adopted him. His owners had divorced, and sad to say, neither one of them wanted him. (I would guess that it is because he talks in each of their voices.)
Rufus striking a pose
Rufus could already talk quite a bit before I adopted him. He’s really good at using words in context. His species is well known for being able to do that. He has learned quite a lot of additional words since he’s lived with me and my hubby, too.
Rufus also has a great love for animal sounds. He likes for me to tell him what each is called so he can say them on cue. The only one that he can do consistently on cue is whine like a puppy. That is his favorite animal sound. But, he is learning all the time. He loves to learn new things.
The list is not complete. I can’t remember everything he can say. I will be adding more as I hear them and as he learns new ones.
Some time back, I wrote that my parakeet Miss Piggy died. Her mate, Beady, loved her very much, but eventually found love again with Ziggy.
Ziggy, who has lived here for years, had never had a boyfriend. I was very happy that Ziggy finally found love with Beady. Parakeets in love are one of the cutest things in the world. They snuggle all the time, and the male feeds the female.
Sadly, Beady, didn’t have much time together with Ziggy. She died earlier this morning.
Goodbye Ziggy. We will miss you.