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Dancing Senegal Parrot

Kili

Type: Senegal Parrot
Genus: Poicephalus
Species: Senegalus
Subspecies: Mesotypus
Sex: Female
Weight: 120 grams
Height: 9 inches
Age: 8 years, 11 months
Caped Cape Parrot

Truman

Type: Cape Parrot
Genus: Poicephalus
Species:Robustus
Subspecies: Fuscicollis
Sex: Male
Weight: 330 grams
Height: 13 inches
Age: 7 years, 2 months
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List of Common Parrots:

Parakeets:
Budgerigar (Budgie)
Alexandrine Parakeet
African Ringneck
Indian Ringneck
Monk Parakeet (Quaker Parrot)

Parrotlets:
Mexican Parrotlet
Green Rumped Parrotlet
Blue Winged Parrotlet
Spectacled Parrotlet
Dusky Billed Parrotlet
Pacific Parrotlet
Yellow Faced Parrotlet

Lovebirds:
Peach Faced Lovebird
Masked Lovebird
Fischer's Lovebird
Lilian's (Nyasa) Lovebird
Black Cheeked Lovebird
Madagascar Lovebird
Abyssinian Lovebird
Red Faced Lovebird
Swindern's Lovebird

Lories and Lorikeets:
Rainbow Lorikeet

Conures:
Sun Conure
Jenday Conure
Cherry Headed Conure
Blue Crowned Conure
Mitred Conure
Patagonian Conure
Green Cheeked Conure
Nanday Conure

Caiques:
Black Headed Caique
White Bellied Caique

Poicephalus Parrots:
Senegal Parrot
Meyer's Parrot
Red Bellied Parrot
Brown Headed Parrot
Jardine's Parrot
Cape Parrot
Ruppell's Parrot

Eclectus:
Eclectus Parrot

African Greys:
Congo African Grey (CAG)
Timneh African Grey (TAG)

Amazons:
Blue Fronted Amazon
Yellow Naped Amazon
Yellow Headed Amazon
Orange Winged Amazon
Yellow Crowned Amazon

Cockatoos:
Cockatiel
Galah (Rose Breasted) Cockatoo
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
Umbrella Cockatoo
Moluccan Cockatoo
Bare Eyed Cockatoo
Goffin's Cockatoo

Macaws:
Red Shouldered (Hahn's) Macaw
Severe Macaw
Blue And Gold Macaw
Blue Throated Macaw
Military Macaw
Red Fronted Macaw
Scarlet Macaw
Green Winged Macaw
Hyacinth Macaw

Helicopter Buzzing Parrots and Bath Time in Aviary

Comments (7)

By Michael Sazhin

Friday September 17th, 2010

Something is abuzz with Kili and Truman. My brother came by and flew a remote controlled helicopter past the parrots. They both started intently but held somewhat different intentions. Kili was being aggressive and defensive of her perch. She did not wish to have her space impeded by some buzzing black whirly bird. Truman on the other hand had completely different intentions. You could tell that he wanted nothing more than the opportunity to play with the toy. Nothing would please him more than to be able to shred that plastic helicopter into unrecognizable pieces.

The parrots definitely were not scared of the flying toy. They are both flighted and could fly away at any time. Instead they stood their ground and gazed with pinning eyes at their aerial competitor.



I bought some new toys and swings for the aviary and a large water bowl for the parrot's to take baths in. Truman dove right in and enjoyed a bath outside. Kili on the other hand preferred to explore the new swings. I added a circular rope swing to their extended collection of aviary perching places. While I have to put Truman on each toy individually, Kili hops fearlessly from toy to toy.



Part of: Poicephalus, Cape Parrots, Senegal Parrots
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ginger

Posted on September 17, 2010 10:58PM

Too funny! They are so cute with that helicopter. You're right, flighted birds have nothing to fear. The birds look like they love that aviary, so after all the headache you had putting the thing together it was worth it afterall. Great videos! btw - your brother looks so much like you


GooseBlossom

Posted on September 18, 2010 12:15AM

They look so curious about the helicopter though with different expressions on their faces. I am curious to know if you take down and rehang the toys in the aviary with each playtiime. Since it is outside, how do the toys not get dirty?


Michael

Posted on September 18, 2010 12:59AM

There is a roof over the aviary. I haven't changed the toys yet. I suppose I'll have to eventually but so far they haven't gotten affected from being outside. If I had to take them on and off each time it would be too annoying and I probably wouldn't do more than one or two at a time. I'll try to see how long these toys last outside and report back when the weather gets them.


HyperD

Posted on September 18, 2010 08:21AM

Isn't that a bit dangerous? What were to happen if Kili was to take flight and attack the helicopter? Or to dive bomb it when it was near Truman? I can't help but imagine that if it was someone else doing this you would be quick to criticise them?


Michael

Posted on September 18, 2010 12:38PM

Alright, let me give you some background beyond the video. First of all we've done this several times before (actually the first few times had nothing to do with the birds at all but they just happened to be in the room). Next, the toy is really quite painless. It looks/sounds powerful but if you throw a finger in the blades not only won't you get cut but it doesn't even hurt. This really is made to be a little kids' toy and isn't dangerous. Finally, Truman did actually get hit twice by it and didn't care. Normally when we were just messing around it wouldn't have happened but we were trying to get it really close for the video just so that you could see both in the same shot. Once it just nicked Truman on his perch and he didn't fly off or seem to care one bit. The second time Truman was on a different perch and decided to fly and like dive bomb it and hit it mid air. Once again, didn't really hurt him or the helicopter. Even after getting hit, he wasn't scared of it and still wanted to chew it up. Believe me, if it were actually dangerous (and some of my other ones definitely are), I would not have done it anywhere near the birds or with them out of the cage for that matter. But since this is really quite harmless (which was accidentally confirmed as well), we let the birds watch when we fly it around the room. It's kind of fun to watch their reactions when they aren't the only flyers around. :lol:

izmail1215

Posted on September 18, 2010 01:02PM

woah! your a pro at flying!

67gtonut

Posted on September 18, 2010 09:08PM

[quote="HyperD":2zc73cmp]Isn't that a bit dangerous? What were to happen if Kili was to take flight and attack the helicopter? Or to dive bomb it when it was near Truman? I can't help but imagine that if it was someone else doing this you would be quick to criticise them?[/quote:2zc73cmp] I agree...... One slip..... you may not kill your pet..... but you just might maim him/her.... not worth the risk. IMHO..... poor judgement.

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