Cheeky

I am doing something here that I almost never do.

I am posting an impromptu post.

I am delighted to present (Drum roll, please…)

Cheeky

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A couple of days ago, when I was in the pet store picking up food for the girls,

I saw a Yellow-Sided Green-Cheek Conure in a large, glass exhibit.

I didn’t recognize the species so I walked over to investigate.

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Big mistake.

This little fellow hopped like a songbird over to the glass to greet me.

I put my hand down to return the greeting

and

he raised one little foot as if to touch my hand against the glass.

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Uh-Oh…

(Here he’s about to scratch his head, but you get the idea.)

I knew that he must be either very young or uncharacteristically socialized for a pet store bird.

His behavior puzzled me.

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Parrot keepers unconsciously evaluate a new bird when they see one.

And so I noted:

His eyes were clear and bright.

His cere was clean and unbroken.

His nares were clear and pink.

His mandibles were clean and perfectly aligned.

The feathers on his head and chest were unbarred, clean and full.

I pronounced him to be in good health.

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At that point, I noticed something else.

His mandibles were too unscaled, almost translucent.

I could see pinfeathers.ย  (Pinfeathers on adult birds are not visible.)

In the above photo, you can see the pinfeathers and the groves on his lower mandible indicating a very young bird.

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Finally, I noticed his big, clunky, clumsy feet.

Feet too big for a baby.

Nails long and untrimmed and translucent pink.ย 

My goodness, I said to him, you’re a baby!

(Conures can live for thirty years.)

I told him how sorry I was to leave him there.

Good luck, Buddy, I told him, and went off to get the dog food and the live mealy worms for Frog.

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I had to pass by him on my way to the check-out counter.

I couldn’t help myself.ย  I stopped.

I told myself that it had been twelve years since Rita came to live with me.

I had seen lots of parrots since then and resisted them.

But…

I knew that I could take care of him easily.ย 

I understood him.ย  And, after all, he is just a baby, I thought.

He will be traumatized by all the people banging on the glass enclosure,

By the isolation.

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In the end, I couldn’t leave him there.

Okay, Let’s go home, you little rascal, I told him in my most reassuring voice.

He just stood there looking up at me … perfectly innocent and angelic.

Don’t bother, I know what a Pain-in-the-Butt you’re gonna’ be, I told him.ย  And laughed.

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And so it was.

I took him home with me on the four-month anniversary of his hatch date.

He settled right in as soon as I threw together and outfitted a cage for him.

He ate and played and napped and talked to me.

And he’ll never know that any other experienced parrot keeper

would have had better judgement!

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Thank you for allowing me to introduce you to one Cheeky little fellow.

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117 Comments on “Cheeky

  1. Captivating. Yet even your marvelous photographs and text may not acquaint us sufficiently with this outsized bird-personality. . . . we will need to see more!

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    • Ah, I am happy to oblige. I would guess that most folks are not as enthralled with Cheeky as you and I. Don’t encourage me! I’m incorrigible. I am so taken with that tiny parrot (barely the size of my palm) that I may succumb to the idea of posting entirely too much about him. He is doing well, but he’s already too spoiled. I swore I would not allow him to sit on my desk. I immediately allowed him to sit here. Now, he cries the moment he sees me. And calls when he cannot see me. I’m hopeless. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for dropping in to visit us.

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  2. Love this story George! I knew it would end the way it did, and I suspect so did Cheeky ๐Ÿ˜€ Wondering how Rita reacted to the new member of the family?

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    • Cheeky was certainly confident in his approach to me that day as if he fully expected to be welcomed. Rita pays little attention to the baby parrot. She plays on her play gym on one side of my desk and Cheeky is in his cage not more than five or six feet away. She looks at him with some curiosity occasionally, but she doesn’t appear to care much one way or the other. Cheeky seems to delight in watching Rita. I expect that he will learn a great deal from Rita. Thanks for stopping in to visit, Madhu.

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  3. I love birds and animals but can’t keep any due to allergies. The next best thing i looking at other people’s amazing pets and to be totally charmed over a computer screen! Cheeky is gorgeous!!!

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    • Thanks. Cheeky is gentle and sweet and silly. I enjoy him. I’m sorry that you can’t have a little Cheeky. You’d adore him. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Awe, I was going to be so disappointed if you walked out of there without Cheeky. Thanks for wandering over from Dink’s site and commenting on mine. In this one post you have stolen my heart.

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    • Yep, Cheeky got to me with his enthusiasm. Who can resist a baby parrot? Although the last thing I needed was one more pal around here, he is absolutely delightful! Thanks for dropping by, Linda. I’m glad you enjoyed my little story. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Wonderful series. Your inner dialogue & purchase reminds me of my wife’s recent acquisition of lizards and cats in the last six months. The newest cat arrived at our doorstep a couple of weeks ago. ๐Ÿ˜€
    See post : Oh Look! Lizards & Cats !

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    • Hi, Joseph! Lizards and cats… The two don’t sound compatible to me. Do you house the lizards in a terrarium? I just bid goodbye to Charlie’s alien-looking frog who had been a visitor for a few weeks. They returned him to the garden at the fountain. I told Charlie that he might want a bearded dragon. His response was, “Granny, I don’t even want to touch one of those things!” Heck, I really didn’t like the ugly alien frog, but I picked him up when he had slimy junk stuck in his mouth! Who knew frogs were so much trouble? I love my little Cheeky! I saw another one at the pet store when I went for food yesterday. He was twice as big and only 10 days older than Cheeky. Little Cheeky is tiny even for his species. I’m happy that I took him because I think his little legs and ribs are too fragile for young kids to handle. ๐Ÿ™‚ He’s a charmer. Thanks, Joseph.

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      • Yes we have multiple terrariums now. The cats will want to enter the Chinese Water Dragons abode; it is large enough. Those lizards get along very well with the cats. , The bearded dragons just stay very still & stare back through the Plexiglas the cats. When the animals a frail/young they are sometimes harder to resist. The most recent cat is a very young stray, skin &bones. When we took her in to get fixed we found out preggy. She would not have survived giving birth.

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  7. Good for you and your new friend, George. I’m very happy for the both of you. And what a nice little story, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • You’re welcome…not that I know much about birds, but he did appear to have a bit of character to him…I can imagine that you’re enjoying his company.

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  8. This is a wonderful story and post (I found you through Shimon, where your comment caught my eye). Such color, too! When I was in my 30’s, I had an apartment near Columbia University (in NYC) and would leave my windows open often (too far up for burglars!). A lovely white parakeet with turquoise markings flew in one day as I ate breakfast. Pure serendipity! It hopped over to my plate and tasted a little yogurt, then a toast crumb. I was enchanted. A friend had an empty cage and was able to lure the sweet bird, later named Kichiji, in. I would let Kichiji out and she (he?) would perch on my shoulder and sing (if the windows were closed!). A few years later, Kichiji caught a cold and couldn’t be saved. So sad. But what a sweet experience that was, and I salute you for going with your gut and bringing Cheeky home. Many happy days to you both!

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    • Serendipity it surely was! What a delightful breakfast surprise! Birds are a real joy to live with. I never knew that until Rita came to live with me. Thank you for the good wishes for Cheeky and me. I am certain we will have lots of fun since he is such a little comedian and such a sweet baby too.

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  9. George I had to go read this post one more time, and it is superb (but I knew that on my first read.) Cheeky is a doll and your photos are wonderful. So too is that heart of yours, as big as Texas. Thank you.

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed my Cheeky story. He is just doing really well. The photos were from his first full day here. He is a baby at 4 months so he’s going to be easy to socialize. As soon as he learns what I expect him to do, he can move about outside his cage. Rita was a good candidate for rehab when I got her! I don’t want to think about what could have happened to her. I didn’t know that Amazons like her are among the most difficult to handle. It took six months of constant work and lots of bloody injuries, but we finally got our act together. This little parrot is very much like the blue and gold macaw. Physically, he resembles them with his bare eye ring and notched hook bill and long tail. The personality is very much like the blue and gold too. They are both sweet parrots who enjoy people. (Rita does not.) I would not have taken Cheeky if he’d been older. They rapidly learn bad behavior and are traumatized by the pet store environment. I am too old and shaky to undertake that again! I just knew he would be fine and lovable and, more important, that I could socialize him so that he could live with somebody else. At my age, it is not a good idea for me to take a parrot who would bond too closely with just me. I would enjoy working with displaced parrots if I were younger. You should have a Sun Conure or a Fancy Green Cheek like Cheeky. They are the sweetest, most cuddly little parrots with the big parrot personality, and they are little comedians. You could take him in the camper on trips too. They really are not much trouble.

      As you know, social workers and teachers and policemen, etc., develop a protective distance from the people whom they serve. However, on occasion, there is that special case… And we get sucked right back in. In Cheeky’s case, the return will be far greater than any effort. ๐Ÿ™‚ I measured all of that on the spot that day, Mike. We’d like to help every animal to have a good life, but that isn’t possible so we parcel ourselves out a tiny bit here and a tiny bit there. I joke, but I do enjoy all of the animals. Oh, with the exception of that alien Frog. He shed his skin like a snake the other day. He’s worn out his welcome. When he eats up all of the live meal worms, he’s on his own. Out of doors… Chuckle…Chuckle.

      Thank you, Mike. You’re a sweetheart.

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  10. These are amazing shots, G! And Cheeky is just so . . . well, cheeky! I am so glad you have another friend to keep you company. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you, Cara. He is a sweetheart little guy. Considering that I have Rita. two (and often three) dogs, two Dwarf Russian Hamsters, Frog, and Che, I really didn’t need a nosy little parrot. But, I am enjoying him and I think Rita enjoys him too. He’s a real comedian. I really never had the luxury to enjoy pets before, but I am compensating nicely now… ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • He is a busy little fellow. Thanks for the visit, Joshi. Your “Path To Tranquility” is impressive. So well thought-out and composed. I like it very much.

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    • He should be your national bird except that he is not indigenous to Ghana. He is a sweet little guy and I am thoroughly enjoying his company. Thank you for the visit, Celestine! ๐Ÿ™‚ You are always so kind.

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    • Hi, Pablo! It happened exactly the way that my taking Rita home from the feed store happened. He just appealed to me to take him in the same way that she did. Fortunately, he’s a baby so he hasn’t learned to fear humans and has no bad habits. He will be very easy to work with and I am going to enjoy it, I know. Conures are sweet, cuddly parrots. And they are so little that they are very easy to care for. It’s good to see you again. Thanks for stopping by! You know I love seeing your face here! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. What a wonderful love story!!! Cheeky was meant to be yours…..What a lucky bird that you came in when you did…..a lucky, lucky little baby to have you as “Mom”!

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    • Well, fate intervened, I guess. I had absolutely no intention of ever having another parrot. These little guys are like miniature Macaws. Their behavior and their body features are very similar. That’s where they get their big boy attitudes I think. He is a real charmer. I am going to enjoy working with him since he is so eager to learn. Rita seems to enjoy watching him too. So far, so good. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. This little darling loves the camera and attention! How could you resist not taking it home? My cockatoo liked to ham it up in front of the camera, too. Only he moved more quickly than my trigger finger, so I never got the kind of adorable pictures you got. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Any creature who lives here has to like the camera! I was a bit reluctant to shove the camera in his face this early, but he pretty much ignored it since he was investigating my hand. Apparently, he is unfamiliar with sitting on hands! He’s a real sweetheart so I know I am going to enjoy working with him. Unlike Miss Rita who was horrible! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • He is that, Elena! Such a sweet baby. And, he’s learning rapidly how to behave. I’m going to enjoy him, I know. Thanks for stopping in for a visit!

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    • Hi, Colline! It’s always good to see you. Yes, he’s a sweetheart little guy. And brave. He’s learning already how to perch on my hand. He enjoys attention and is a joy to work with. Thanks for dropping by for a visit! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • He is a charming little guy, that’s for sure! I am enjoying him since he is funny and easy to work with. Thanks for dropping in to visit! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you, Marie! He is a sweetheart little guy. Already, he is learning to perch on my hand. He loves attention so he’ll be fun to work with. Thanks for dropping in to visit! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • My father used to keep birds but we never had a parrot. We did have several budgies though, it always amazed me to hear a bird speak!

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        • Yes, Rita tells me what she wants. She actually does. And calls me to come to her. She calls the dogs too. They are very intelligent and sensitive animals. You should have a parrot.

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  13. oh George what a sweet post and hey you two were meant to be together ๐Ÿ™‚
    how sweet of you to take cheeky in, he is such a cute lil thing.
    beautiful shots and so loved the story
    sending humongous hugs your way ๐Ÿ™‚
    love ya โ™ฅ

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    • Ah, thank you, Soma! I just knew I had to take him home with me. I was right. He’s the sweetest little guy. He’s learning how to live with humans already. He’s eager to learn so I don’t think he’ll ever be a problem. I’m glad you liked the story. I’ll keep you updated on his progress! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. What a fantastic parrot, George! So glad you rescued him from the pet shop. He looks like he’s going to be handful and a real laugh.

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    • He’s a comical little guy. And sweet. Yes, he’ll be lots of fun, I’m certain. Conures always are.
      Okay, Richard. You have failed me, I’m afraid. You did not tell me how awful these photographs are! Yesterday, my guru set up my new computer and transferred all of my thousands of images. The new box has a better graphics card and Windows 8 interface. When I saw these photographs, I was horrified. I diagnosed a serious case of over-processing. What to do? Ditch the whole post? Rework the photos? Hide under the bed in shame? Life is hard.
      If you agree to tell me when my images are unacceptable, I’ll agree to die a loyal and an honest follower.
      Chuckle, chuckle.

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  15. This is great news, congratulations to you both, photographs fascinated me dear George, Blessing and Happiness, Thank you, love, nia

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    • Hi, Nia! I see your wonderful images when I get around to scrolling through my Reader. You amaze me with your energy, enthusiasm and creativity. I am old and slow, I think. Thank you for visiting, Nia. You are always there. Kind and loyal. If the world were populated by Nia’s, we could solve all of our problems, yes? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. How lucky is this bird ..to find someone that knows what to look for, an obvious lover of parrots and the meeting that was destined to be… this is such a special story, and I hope in the future we get to see lots of the bird as he grows… wonderful luck for the bird….

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    • Hi, Rob. Rita and I met under similar circumstances. Companionship with birds is kind of like meet-and-marry in humans. There is just something magical that happens when a parrot lover encounters that special parrot. He is a special little parrot. I knew it when he hopped across the display floor toward me. Perhaps fate intervened. He made himself immediately at home here so we are all happy. ๐Ÿ™‚ He sits near my desk and makes me smile. Miss Rita enjoys watching him too. Thanks for stopping in for a visit, Rob.

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      • Hi George, can you point out to me how you know that Cheeky is a male parrot. I know how to sex Budgies and zebra finches and wondered if it was his gorgeous feather colouring that marks him as a male of the species. I wouldn’t worry too much about your photos here, on my monitor they look fabulous!

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        • I don’t know that he is a male since Conures don’t exhibit sexual dimorphism. The only way to determine his sex is through DNA testing, and no test was done on him. I just call him a male for fun. Rita is a male, actually. I had her tested when she entered her first reproductive cycle. I’d had her so long that the test didn’t change how I thought about her so I still refer to her as a female. I will have him tested before he reaches sexual maturity. The only reason I ever want to know is because females face a different set of possible health problems … like chronic reproductive system inflammation from prolonged hormonal periods. These little guys are fascinating, aren’t they? Do you keep Budgies and finches?

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          • Hi George, I love your irreverantness? when it comes to naming your friends, I’m sure they don’t mind in the least as they probably think they’ve found paradise at your place anyway. I have had one or two budgies in the past, none at the moment, but I do have two ancient bachelor zebra finches that nest together and have the whole aviary to themselves. I know you’ve visited my chicken adventures blog, at the moment I have 4 chickens, two are named, Miss Blue and Miss Purple because of the coloured bands I had to put around their legs as it was the only way I could tell them apart……the other two have only been with me a couple of months, lost a third one last week, so am reluctant to give names just yet as I don’t seem to have a very good record so far, but that’s such a long, long story.

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  17. Oh George, you must have the biggest softest heart! Cheeky is one very lucky bird and it’s fate that you were meant to be together, I’m so glad you went into the petshop that day.

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    • Hi, Jackie. Cheeky is a comical, sweet little parrot. And he’s interested in everything. My kind of little guy. I brought him home with me because there was “somebody at home” in his eyes. I knew what his fate would be if I left him. I’m not a real softie, actually. There was just something about him… I met Rita under almost identical circumstances. We’ve been together for twelve years now. With Rita on one side of my desk playing on her gym and Cheeky on the other side racing from one toy to another, life is pretty much complete here. Thanks, Jackie! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. Spontaneity is the spice of life!

    I won’t be blogging for a few days, but I had to drop by and say Hi! Love the photo…somehow he reminds me of my little dog, Bruiser!

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    • Where are you off to now? Little animals, dogs and parrots, do behave in similar fashion, I think. What amuses me so much about Cheeky is that all of his behaviors and mannerisms are identical to the big parrots. I absolutely love it when he sees me and opens his little wings in the characteristic “like this” stretch that all parrots do when they are happy. Rita enjoys watching him too. She is on one side of my desk playing on her gym and Cheeky is on the other side frantically playing with all of his toys. I never realized, until Rita came to live with me, how much real joy there is in living with parrots! Have fun wherever you’re playing! Thanks for stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. Ha! Great story and GOOD FOR YOU! In my capacity as a livestock farmer it’s clear you know what you’re talking about when it comes to Parrots. Really impressive – it’s clear that you go way back with these birds. I’m going to have Joanna read this and I know what her reaction will be. She used to raise Canaries and still misses having them around. She still had them while we were graduate students but when life got complicated and they passed we made the decision not to replace them. Their beautiful cage is now in the barn. I’m sure this new guy will be a very welcome addition to your menagerie. D

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    • Rescue that cage. Fill it with song. It’s good for the soul. My old friend had canaries throughout her house. Their song was unbelievably beautiful. You know that canaries don’t automatically sing. They sing only for some people. If they are happy and live in a stimulating environment, they will sing their little heads off. I always thought I’d love canaries, but I don’t have them because I can only share myself with a limited number of companions! I sensed that Cheeky would fit and he does. Rita knows that he is a baby, I think. She does not feel threatened and actually enjoys watching him. They make me happy. Rita on her play gym on one side of my desk and Cheeky racing from one toy to the next on the other side. Life is good, Farmer. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hi, Resa! It’s good of you to visit. Cheeky is what is known as a “Fancy” or Yellow-Sided Green Cheek Conure because of his colors. He is pretty with his baby colors. They will deepen as he matures. The Pyrrhura Molinae (Cheeky) is a very docile, sweet, and relatively quiet bird. They can learn to talk, and they enjoy human contact. They are also little comedians. He will be fun. I am happy that you enjoyed the story. Thanks for stopping in to visit! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  20. Oh George – Congratulations on your new baby ๐Ÿ™‚
    Cheeky will love being part of your familia!

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    • Hi, RoSy! I love having Cheeky around already. Believe it or not, Rita seems to be enjoying him too. She doesn’t seem to feel the least bit threatened by having him here. I am surprised, actually. I guess stuff just works out. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Yes! I understand. Pet stores for us are like cheese factories for mice. I can always resist or I thought so. There was just something about little Cheeky. He was such a baby. Sigh… He has made himself right at home here with Rita and me though. It will be fun to have an enthusiastic baby around. Thanks for stopping by to visit! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • I almost took two baby green cheeks home a couple of month ago! Luckily the guy told me they might bully bou bou so I took a pass. So that’s it, no more pet stores for me, just have to remember to order bird food online before it runs out and I’ll be safe.

        Glad Rita has accepted Cheeky – hopefully they will become the best of friends ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • What kind of parrot is bou bou? I am prepared to keep Cheeky and Rita separated. I don’t really trust Rita to be nice. She can be aggressive. She plays on her play gym on one side of my desk while I keep Cheeky in his cage on the other side. She seems to like watching him. Cheeky is of the Pyrrhura Molinae group of Conures. They are the smallest of the Conures and the quietest. They are very docile and sweet. The Green Cheeks can be more aggressive. I can see that Cheeky will never be aggressive. You were probably wise not to have taken two home although I would guess that it would have worked out. Rita spends a lot of time on her Java tree on the porch so she and Cheeky don’t have to be together a lot. And never have to share the same space. If bou bou is small, I might worry. ๐Ÿ™‚

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          • bou bou is a sun or jenday, or maybe a sun / jenday mix, don’t know for sure.

            I hope Rita and Cheeky become friends!

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            • Ah, Cheeky and bou bou are both Conures! They would love each other. Cheeky is such a sweetheart and so gentle. I can’t wait for his first molt (supposedly at 6-10 months) since his wing feathers are really ragged on the ends. How much light do you provide? I have a UV lamp on Cheeky’s cage, but I am unsure of how many hours to use it. Thanks! If you have any other suggestions for him, please let me know. ๐Ÿ™‚

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              • I have a screened patio and bou hangs out there a lot. She needs lots of sun, it’s obvious how happy she is sitting in the sunshine so I make sure she gets a few hours a day. She gets cold easily too so I always keep an oil heater by her cage – even now she needs it at night, anything below 70 and she sneezes! We’ll be moving farther south…. ๐Ÿ™‚

                Cheeky and bou are different types of conure but you might try giving Cheeky something to snuggle up and sleep in for the bottom of the cage. I know suns like to sleep that way.

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  21. Congratulations both to you and the newcomer. I’m happier for him than I am for you. You’ve saved him from a lot of sorrow. I hope that Rita will get along with him okay.

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    • Hi, Shimon. Rita is enjoying him, I think. She hasn’t exhibited any behavior that would tell me otherwise. Perhaps, she knows that he is a baby. I am enjoying Cheeky as much as he is enjoying his new toys. He is an active, energetic and comical little guy. He responds to my attention in the classic parrot manner of stretching his wings when I talk to him. He will be happy here, I think. Yes, I could not leave such a trusting baby bird to his fate. People buy birds without knowing anything about what the bird needs. When the poor bird bites in self-defense or fear, they take the bird back to be resold over and over. It’s a tragic situation for millions of parrots.

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    • Thanks, Carissa. Yes, he’s a pretty little fellow and enthusiastic too. Rita seems to enjoy him, and I enjoy both of them. So, I think it has worked out just fine for all of us. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  22. Great post, George! Excellent pictures, and I love the story – you should do more impromptus! By the way, did you receive the “funereal” photo I emailed to you, the one you said you like very much? Hope you’re fine! Adrian

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    • Hi, Adrian. No, I don’t think I received the photo! I have to look all the way back in my inbox. I’ll let you know. Thank you.
      I’m glad you liked the little story. I am enjoying Cheeky and I believe he is happy here with us! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  23. Cheeky is adorable! I can see that it was love at first sight. What a charming way to tell a story and introduce him. I always hate to see animals and birds left lonely in pet stores. I had a parakeet as a child that my mother taught to talk.

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    • Thanks Jo Nell. There was just something special about Cheeky. He seems perfectly happy here with us. He is a cheeky little fellow! ๐Ÿ™‚ I look forward to watching him grow and mature and learn new things. That will be fun for both of us.

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  24. Congratulations. He’s cute. They are big on birds where I am. But I don’t have experience and I’m not home for long periods. I almost got caught up in a dog scam. Luckily, common sense prevailed and I saved a ton of money and saved on the disappointment. They really don’t like dogs in Saudi. And I’m not a cat person. Good luck with Cheeky.

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    • Thanks, Victor. You’re wise not to keep a bird. They do need lots of interaction with their humans. I think you’d grow to enjoy a cat, though. I’m not a cat person, but some cats are kind of nice to have around. With your lifestyle, you really don’t have time for animals. Since I am at home all of the time, I really do enjoy the animals. I always loved parrots.

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      • Thanks for the many kind comments on my recent blog posts. As to cats, I would not mind having one here, but I have only met a few friendly cats unlike the dogs I have met. At this point in life it’s got to be friendly. So I envy your luck in finding such wonderful birds. The pet stores have been described as really grim. And the two that I have been in, I’d rather not comment upon publicly.

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    • Oh, I don’t know about “kind heart”. My approach to life is pretty much as Vonnegut said, “It is what it is.” I kind of live within the parameters of that philosophy. When I stumble across something that needs to be fixed in the “what-it-is” world that I live in, I try to fix it if I can. In this case, it was a commitment I should not have made since I am old already, and he might live to be twenty/thirty years old if he receives good care. What the heck, he’ll have a few good years and we’ll have fun. I’ll try to teach him how to live with humans so that he will always have a home within my family. As you know, we do the best we can with what we have! Thanks for stopping in to visit. I’ve been neglecting visits to your place. I’ll be around to visit soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • A kind heart falls into “it is what it is” ๐Ÿ™‚

        Thanks I didn’t know that Vonnegut said that. I always liked the “We are what we pretend to be, so be careful what we pretend”… or something like…

        thanks for stopping by

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        • How very odd. I am always referring to that very same quote, “We are what we pretend to be…”. Yeah, I think we waste our energies making judgements. It is what it is, period. So, we just get on with doing the best we can to help each other. Thanks, Bill. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you, Judy. I am enjoying him tremendously already. It is such fun to watch him learn and play. He’s a good little parrot. Thanks for stopping by. I wish him a long and happy life too! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll try to start him out on the road to that end.

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      • He looks like he is a delightful bird. My sister has a little parrot, not sure what kind, but what a character! He makes his needs and wishes known that is for sure.

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    • HI, Linda. She seems to enjoy watching him, but she didn’t overreact the way I would have guessed. When she sees him actually on me, she may not like it much. We’ll see. At this point, she is playing hear him on her gym and seems perfectly content.

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  25. He is beautiful and very lucky to have u as his mom. Glenda

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    • He is a cute little thing, Glenda. Conures are sweet and funny. They’re the comedians of the little parrots. I’m going to enjoy him. I think Rita is too. She seems to like watching him play. I’ll let you know if he ends up being lunch… ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thanks for the visit, WJ. He is fun. I’ve enjoyed him for the past few days since he came home with me. He seems happy here. And I’m happy to have him. Little monkey. I should have called him “Little Monkey”. His antics are hilarious. Thanks for stopping by. I just enjoyed your last post. I’ve missed quite a few. I’ll be around soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  26. For a minute I thought you were actually going to leave him behind!!! I was wondering how you could, but of course you went back for him…as I would have. He is gorgeous!!! How lucky he is to have you as his new mother.

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    • Thank you, Debra. I just could not leave him there. It was his first day on display. That’s why he came hopping over to see me. Soon, he would have been traumatized and turn away from people tapping on the glass. It’s sad to find parrots in pet stores. But, he’s here with me and we’ll get along famously as soon as he learns how to live with an old woman and her Rita! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

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    • Thank you, Naomi. Cheeky is a real character. Conures are the Chihuahuas of the parrot world. And, he doesn’t know how little he is, for sure. I’ll enjoy him here next to my desk. They’re fairly needy parrots so he’ll be happy to have the company. What in the world am I going to drag home next! ๐Ÿ™‚ Rita was interested in watching him today too. It might work out just fine…

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