We had an empty cage after having to put our 14 year old Blue Headed Pionus down because of kidney failure last winter. So after a few months of seeing the empty cage, we decided to see if there was some other bird in need of a good home.
A year or so ago, our daughter had adopted a cockatiel from a rescue in Michigan about 45 miles north of us. So we contacted the rescue and drove up there to see what might be interested in us.
There were maybe 12 available birds, from a Parakeet to a Macaw. None of them were particularly interested in us except for trying to bite. The only one that attempted to interact with me was Fagan.
Fagan is the African Grey from the Parrot Confidential Documentary on PBS. While I’ve been interested in Grey’s for a long time, I got the impression he wasn’t going to be adopted out to anyone. The rescue and I use the same avian vet so I made arrangements to talk to the vet about Fagan. The vet explained the bird’s history and of the difficult treatments the bird had survived. Her closing comment was “you really don’t want to do this.”
The vet called about a week later and asked if we had looked at the Red Lored Amazon whose name is Turtle. She advised that although she was elderly and had some health issues, she was one of the sweetest Amazons she had seen. So we decided to go back for a second look. After interacting with her for 30-45 minutes we decided to bring her home.
Not much is known about her except that a couple of college guys from U of M bought her at a garage sale. They didn’t know what to do with her when they graduated so left her with the rescue. She was at the rescue for two years. I’m guessing because of her age, as she is thought to be 30-35 years old maybe older. A lot of people who have been to the rescue overlooked a really sweet girl.
She does pretty much everything the rescue said she couldn’t do. “She can only fly enough to keep from falling on the floor.” I’ve watched her fly from one room to another 20 feet away. “She has to have a food bowl she can crawl into because of the arthritis in her feet she can’t hold food with her feet. First night with us, happily eating with either foot while perched. “Because of the arthritis in her feet, she doesn’t walk around much.” We have watched her climb all over her cage even upside down on the cage top and hang off the bottom of the cage door with one foot trying to figure out how to get on the floor. “She isn’t very active.” Have had to go looking for her a couple because she has gotten off her cage to go exploring. Admittedly she is a little slow sometimes but guess she is entitled to that.
Not sure how much Amazons talk, but Turtle has a couple of favorite phrases she frequently uses. When my wife comes home from work and walks into the living room where Turtle is she is greeted with hearty “HELLO RAT FACE” or “HELLO WHAT” and then a loud wolf whistle.
In the evening she will sit on her cage and stare at me until I come and get her. She loves to sit, snuggle, and preen me at night but not so much during the day.
Here is her picture.http://s1083.photobucket.com/user/chucki...700587686192856