Happy holidays early!
Now, on to today's post.....
And here's one of Dewey's cousins, a Hyacinth macaw, the largest of the macaw species.
Steering clear of pet shops, which I have nothing against (I've rescued many a hamster and fish (and a corn snake), from a life within a pet shop). But for a parrot I wanted to find a breeder, someone who could educate me about the bird and someone I could go back to with questions and concerns if I needed to.
Google led me to several parrot breeders in Missouri and after a few links I ended up with a short list of parrot rescue organizations. Two clicks later I landed on one in the most unlikely, most convenient location in all of Missouri. The town my bookstore was in. And it was even on the same street as my store.
A Parrot's Perch is a non-profit organization founded by Stephanie Chambers that had been in business a couple years when I met her. And she's still in business, traveling wherever she's needed, all over this country, to rescue parrots. Her website, (http://www.aparrotsperch.org/) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AParrotsPerchRescue), can give you more information if you're interested in knowing about the work she does.
From literature and Film:
It was a dark and stormy night
To Be Or Not To Be
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times
We're not in Kansas anymore
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderlay again
Call me Ishmael
I write this sitting in the kitchen sink
Oh, the tangled web we weave
Here's looking at you, kid (said with a wink) -]
"The Piano Man" Christmas carols
I will always love you Lucy and Linus theme
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Auld Lang Syne Love Me Tender
melodies from Mozart and Beethoven works
And musical terms....in Italian:
diminuendo poco a poco------piano forte
And phrases (too many to list!):
bahdeebahdee, That's All Folks!
I tot I taw a puddy-cat Polly wanna Cheez-it?
I think not Whatever do you mean?
You have the right to remain silent
Fly Low and Slow
There are dozens of videos of parrots on YouTube. You can watch them tease cats and dogs, dance, argue, count to ten and sing. The video below is of Poncho, a guest on Johnny Carson's, The Tonight Show in 1981. Be careful where you listen to this...Poncho hits some high notes.
So, if you had a parrot, what would you teach it to say? Or if you have had or DO have one, what words/phrases/songs did/does it say?