Don’t We All Get Tipsy and Talk to Our Parrots?

Its for You, Cockatoo!

It's for You, Cockatoo!

I’m looking forward to seeing Iron Man 2 for many reasons, most of them involving Robert Downey, Jr. I have to admit though, that I’m really looking forward seeing Mickey Rourke who has always been one of my faves. Spending a couple of decades getting his face busted up boxing only endeared him to me more. (I also love boxing and didn’t quite make it in the ring either.) Mickey Rourke with a cockatoo though…that really has my interest.

It was Rourke who asked that a cockatoo be added to the movie. He felt his character needed to inspire at least a bit of empathy from the audience. And what inspires more empathy than a man who gets drunk and argues with his parrot? Hey, Mickey …you, me, a bottle of tequila and the parrots? Call me.

Rourke did more than just hire a cockatoo however, he wanted to make a difference in a parrot’s life. You may remember that Rourke was out and about the awards circuit for The Wrestler, frequently quoted thanking his dogs for the difference they have made in his life, for helping him through. Rourke gets the value of a reciprocal relationship with a pet, so he adopted Sunny, a cockatoo on his seventh home from Best Friends. You can read the whole story here. From what I understand, Sunny was actually used in the second half of the movie.

And in case your wondering about a happy ending, Rourke is frequently seen around LA, Sunny on his shoulder. I admit Sunny looks a tiny bit traumatized by the paparrazi, but who wouldn’t be? He will never be a cockatoo lacking for enrichment, that’s for sure, not while he’s exploring Los Angeles with Rourke.

Out on a Limb

The Lost African Grey Parrot by Another Seb on Flickr -- Taken in the South of France

The Lost African Grey Parrot by Another Seb on Flickr -- Taken in the South of France

 

Here’s a good reason not to climb a tree after your parrot…a story from Earth Times.

Well, that is, unless you are hoping for 12 fire fighters to arrive and rescue you and your African grey from dizzying heights. (Why do we always forget that birds fly, but we fall??)  

Climbing the tree is rarely the best solution for when your parrot has flown the coop. Good Bird has some great information here and posters to put up if your bird is lost here. Check them out!

Paleolithic Parrots

Bones from the Beginning?

Bones from the Beginning?

Okay, actually it’s a cretaceous parrot, but paleolithic parrot has a better ring to it.

Word on the street is that a parrot-like dinosaur has been discovered in Mongolia, at least, according to the UK Telegraph.

“Features of the dinosaur included a near perfect skull, strong jaw muscles and a powerful biting and crushing bill – showing that it evolved structures like those in today’s parrot.”

If you had any doubts about the dino-DNA in your personal pterodactyl, maybe now is the time to accept your fate in a world reclaimed by the “terrible lizards”.

Growing Up Training (An NBC Post)

Alyssa Wood and Mack N Black

Alyssa Wood and Mack N Black

I noticed this story as I was changing cage papers about  a girl who brought a horse back to the track and into the winners circle.

I’ve never been much of a horse girl. I like them and think they are amazing, but I never had that little girl’s desire to be around them. I think perhaps it’s because their body language has never come automatically to me. I could learn, but it’s always the been the birds that caught my eye, that I felt compelled to spend hours watching, studying believing there were secrets in the language of feathers.

How amazing that we live in a world where for some it is birds, others horses, dogs or even insects. I would certainly argue that Mack N Black has benefited from Alyssa’s great passion for horses.

Was it always bird’s for you too? Or has your menagerie grown from the love of all different animals?

News from the bottom of the cage (NBC) is interesting tidbits from the newspaper, read when cleaning parrot cages and changing the newspaper. It is in fact the ONLY time I read the dead tree version of the news so expect it to be outdated and only vaguely parrot related. Don’t laugh. I bet you do it too!

Is this YOUR Senegal? (An NBC Post)

Tiny Terror of the Paleolithic World

Tiny Terror of the Paleolithic World

From the Vancouver Sun

“It was the tiny terror of the prehistoric world, a two-kilogram killing machine that was essentially a mini-version of the velociraptor seen in Jurassic Park.

“With its razor-sharp claws and teeth, Hesperonychus was a highly successful predator of the Cretaceous period. Yet due to its diminutive size — no bigger than a chicken — its existence was only recently discovered by a pair of Alberta paleontologists.”

Hmmmn.  I’m pretty sure the description is of my Senegal parrot Loki and the artist’s rendition isn’t that far off…

News from the bottom of the cage (NBC) is interesting tidbits from the newspaper, read when cleaning parrot cages and changing the newspaper. It is in fact the ONLY time I read the dead tree version of the news so expect it to be outdated and only vaguely parrot related. Don’t laugh. I bet you do it too!

How to Get a Street Named After You

This week’s edition of News from the Bottom of the Cage is an article from January 1st which my Senegal parrot Loki is now “reading.” A UPS man in Davis, California was/is such a nice guy the city named a street in his honor.

Read the whole thing here.

So how DO you get a street named after you? Generally, you have to be deceased before naming commences. (Apparently this isn’t so much morbid as smart. If you are still living you might still do something terribly embarassing and get your street name revoked.) In Davis though, you can still be alive, you just have to make everyone you meet smile every day.

I like this idea, a lot. I think my African grey deserves a street named after him. He makes everyone smile. He made coffee come out of nose this morning when he commanded our unruly almost-still-a-puppy to “knock it off” and then called her a “good girl” when she came to a screeching halt mid-stride. Maybe there should just be a Grey Way somewhere to commemorate all these wry clowns who add humor to our homes.

Who would you name a street after?

News from the Bottom of the Cage

I’ll admit it. I have a subscription to the newspaper, but I never read it. Although…never, is a strong word. I actually frequently get sucked into the newspaper when I’m lining the bird cages. (I wonder how many times this habit has made me late to work…) In fact, I think my parrots are used to me wandering off with the newspaper to read and look something up while their cages are left half finished.

So in addition to Friday’s Favorite Feathers, comes another regular addition…News from the Bottom of the Cage. Please feel free to share your own. It’s likely to be outdated and barely newsworthy, but I somehow suspect I’m not the only one getting the majority of my news from the bottom of the cage. 😉

So here’s what caught my eye today….

Secret Society Has Geronimo’s Bones