Isabelle's sweet voice...❤ and then she bats her eyes and falls asleep. 😍
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That is the absolute cutest!☺☺☺
🥰 She’s tooo cute! Snoozy girl
So wholesome 🥰
Aww sleepy peepy lol. I bet she fell fast asleep afterwards
What a darling.
Awww sweetie! Her safe place. Now she can take a nap 💤
aw... sleepy baby.. ❤️
toooooooo gorgeous. xx
OH GOD MY HEART
I just want to hug her, my heart melted!
Omg too cute!
Cuuuute,I simply love you all🥰🥰🥰
Is it even Easter if Lily hasn't fallen into cupcake batter? 😂🧁
Last year she dove head first. This year she marched through a batter puddle on the counter 🤭😁
It's a good thing she likes showers... 🛁
There are so many celebrations this weekend! Easter, Passover, Mid-Sha'ban...! We celebrate the hope, warmth, and colorfulness of the season, and the promise of growth and abundance! 🌿🌻🌸
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I had a parakeet do a dive into the gravy boat one Sunday. He suffered his sink bath without complaint. Nothing damaged except a feather in the roast beef gravy. I had another parakeet fall into a pitcher of kook-aid. Despite numerous shower baths, he was pink-tinged for awhile. Happy Holiday, Happy Springtime, to you and your avian coterie as well!
Look at those little pin feathers!!
Happy Easter sweetie to you and your beautiful flock!
Just look at those cuties sitting on the chairs! 😍😍😍 Isabelle is so adorable! Yes my Easter is actually next week. Today is my Palm Sunday. Makes for the same questions every year how some years it's the same and others it's different. 😂
I had a parakeet do a dive into the gravy boat one Sunday. He suffered his sink bath without complaint. Nothing damaged except a feather in the roast beef gravy. I had another parakeet fall into a pitcher of kook-aid. Despite numerous shower baths, he was pink-tinged for awhile. Happy Holiday, Happy Springtime, to you and your avian coterie as well!
Happy Easter and happy spring! Celebrating autumn down here.
Fancy ladies who lunch! Happy Easter.
Eostre - Lovely ! I've never heard of this before. Happy Spring to all of you, too !! 🦋🌷🦋
I love them all 🥰 but Lily is so cute 🖤
Which one is Lily again?
And also to you and yours!💝🦜🐦
Happy Easter! 🐣
How are you and your birdies celebrating? 🐰
My girls (minus boycotter Moonlight 😂) made Easter egg decorations for our seasonal wall ❤
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Maybe Moonlight would enjoy Passover more! I can't imagine your girls wouldn't like matzah. And you could have her look for the afikomen instead of eggs! ^^
Happy Easter 🐣
That's so cool! For the dyes, I would try and use natural dyes, so if they decide they want to drink it, it won't hurt.
Your sweet babies bring a smile to my face even when I have a toothache. Lol. They're so adorable
I would love to know how you conduct the egg hunt 😊
We are celebrating by cleaning his aviary 😂
Happy Easter! Enjoy your babies today!
They did a awesome job! Fred says Happy Easter to you & the girls
In-laws brought fresh strawberries to our bbq and the birds loooved it!
Research paper for a science convention where I'm speaking later this year is due this weekend. 😊 Nervous and excited. And nervous. A lot of nervous.
Sometimes I wonder whether we are ready for what animals can show us about their intelligence. Sometimes I worry we aren't. <3
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You'll do great.
I can't wait for your curriculum on teaching cephalopods to read!
..... but we're NOT all that different! i think we already know that <3
There are a lot of people in denial
You’ll & your peeps will do GREAT!!!
I know that you will be highly successful.
I am so happy for you to be bringing your insights to anywhere that will host you!
Bless you, sweetheart. 🦋🦋
I hope it will get the scientific interest it deserves
If anything, I'm eager to know that. I think instinctual behavior is really the only fundamental difference from one species to the next, unless potential for intelligence counts. Even then, parrots are pretty sharp little creatures. That just means there's even less distance between us and them.
Jennifer! You are genius already! You are great inventor nobody will judge you. You're and your girls are amazing! Stop being nervous 😁
I wonder... what companion parrots' lives will look like in 500 years. 🤔
I wonder this a lot. <3
(What do you think parrot-human relationships will look like in 500 years? Do you think technology and research will change things significantly?)
Some time ago I attended an event and watched a frightened baby African Grey, trembling and alone in a cage, bartered for and then grabbed with a towel.
I watched him smooshed a bit against the side of the cage by a giant hand holding a thick towel as he shrieked in fear, as he cried for help that wouldn't come.
Perhaps he screamed for help from beloved flock mates, babes he'd grown up with, whom he would never see again.😢
I watched him struggle, terrified, wings outstretched and flapping as he was forced into a box, and sent home, to an unknown fate. 😭😭
Watching the sale, as it were, reminded me of sales in the past. Of girls who were poked, prodded, checked for virginity, and sold to men or raped by lords; of black people who were sold for labor, separated from their families, wives and children. Of humans with intelligence and a desperate desire for independence. And no right to their own bodies, to free will in their own lives.
Owners could sell slaves; slaves could not request new owners. For 5,000 years and even into the 1900s, men could divorce women; women could not divorce their husbands. Women have been property. Humans have been property. Animals have been property.
In the past 150 years, there have been strong movements against humans as property. (With 2,000 years of culture to overcome, women's rights to their bodies is a touchy subject still.) <3
Yet what sticks in my mind most profoundly is a letter church father Martin Luther wrote to his friend.
He was surprised that his young wife, Katie (whom he absolutely loved) could grasp deep Christian concepts. He was surprised that she possessed the ability to reason and discern and even challenge him. He was, in essence, surprised that his spunky wife was smart and could think.
(He also boxed her ears and slapped her when she went too far, but alas, it was another time and a not-very distant past... domestic violence is still somewhat legal in Russia and was only outlawed fully in the US in the 1970s.)
The surprise at a woman's cognitive capabilities in the 1400s reminds me a bit of our own surprise when our parrots do something that shows they think too. ☺️
When Ellie used yes/no symbols for the first time, I was astounded. She could communicate! With symbols!!! Using English!!!! OMG WHO KNEW?!?! 😭🥰😲🤩🥳
Recent research shows African Greys have musical preferences. Parrots can count and dance and do all kinds of things we've always thought only humans could do...
And we're only a scant few decades into learning about them! 😛
In my head, I stick parrots in the "kid" category as far as family structure and relationships go. As much choice and independence as is safe, with lots of love and learning and enrichment, for a full and happy life! <3
And when I saw that little Grey struggle, scream, and try desperately to run away from the giant hand and the towel - and I forced myself to hold back tears for the terrified little one being ripped away from his companions, never to see them again - I also remembered what Dr. Clubb told me.
After four decades of avian veterinary practice, she said this generation is the best she's ever seen. Parrots are well cared for, are loved, are given toys, training, and friendship. There are exceptions. There are always exceptions.
But I think we're getting better and better and better! <3
We have learned so much about our friends, and yet, we have sososososo much to learn yet! As we learn, their lives improve.
And I wonder--with a lot of hope--what we will know about our friends in 500 years. Perhaps communication will be as commonplace as puppy school. I wonder how our relationships will have evolved with that knowledge <3
What do you hope our friendships look like in 500 years? What could be the best discovery we could make about our parrot friends? Maybe apps that allow us to interpret them? Or fun day schools they can attend to learn just like kids? 🙂
Gentle Note: I am not an animal rights activist. I support kind, ethical breeders who bring into this world much loved birds who fill our lives with happiness, and who have happiness in return! (And I promise this post has a hope-filled ending too!) This isn't a place for debating breeders, pls, and comments along those lines will be removed <3 ... See MoreSee Less
I once "bought" a macaw at a pet fair. Something I had sworn I'd never do. I'd seen him on the first day, shoved in a small cage, literally under a table. I asked his story. "The owners had a life-changing event, closed their breeding operation, and sold all the birds. He was the last one." In other words, this guy had been ripped from his home, his mate ( of how long?) Shoved in a cage, and left alone, under a table, in a foreign place, not even a person he recognized around. I left, I wasn't looking for a macaw. I didn't sleep. I was there, 8 am, waiting for the doors to open. I used my school loan money to barter for him. I cried the whole drive back, thinking the exact line of thoughts you just stated. I promised him, even if he hated me, I would never abandon him again. It took him 8 years to trust me. I never pushed. Then one day he was my big green puppy, followed me everywhere. Silly birb. He passed last year. I estimated he was about 30. He was with me I think 18 years. He had health issues that were progressive, won't go into details. But his fate when I met him tore my heart up. I have raised birds, bred birds, worked in pet stores and breeding facilities. My view of these things changed A LOT over time. I personally won't advocate breeding pet parrots, any more. But I do love them, and I really love the babies.
I saw an article the other day that had hundreds of tray like cages filled to the brim with parrolets to a point they could not move at all. Imagining that treatment of birds just to send to US and sell as pets has deeply affected me. I can’t get the image out of my head
It would be great to have spoken conversations with our parrot friends and family
I hope that it'll take less than 500 years for the rest of the world to follow germany's and austrian's steps when it comes to parrots. No keeping parrots alone but instead together with at least a mate or flock of their species. No keeping them in tiny cages (yes, I'm talking about the average american parrot cage) but instead free roaming the house 24/7 or having a big aviary if they have to be caged. No clipping that so badly damages their mental health and physical health. No Handraising parrots unless they have been abandoned by their parents as it prevents them from every learning correct bird behaviour and prevents them from being a bird. And on top of that more people who realise that not everyone is fit and/or has the money and time to care for parrots. Just because you want a parrot doesn't mean you should get one - I see this way too often on a daily basis in all those parrot groups, it's horrible.
This isn't hopeful, I'm afraid, but what comes to my mind most strongly when I think about parrots in 500 years is how many species will be extinct in the wild. 🙁 As far as positives, it would be great if we could have a better understanding of parrot intelligence, not just relative to human intelligence. For instance, we know now that parrots can see ultraviolet light which we cannot see. What else do they know and understand outside the bounds of our intelligence?
Wow powerful words
My husband has been openly speculating the relationship we will have with animals in even 100 years thanks to efforts like those you are making. Having shown him myself how intelligent a dog can be when raised like family, and compared also to your incredible work teaching your birds.
I hope all people by then have realized and given birds and animals choices freely made, as now only a few do it, in the future it will be the norm.
I just want them to be able to tell me why they are screaming 😱 😂
You are, in my book, an avian Jane Goodall! I love your devotion to your (and other) birds. And it makes my heart smile to see how very much they love and respond to you.
I can’t even imagine what it looks like in 500 years! But I do believe the kids coming up will keep doing better and better in everything. They are so smart and will change the way everyone lives. For the better. The more we know the better we do. And the kids absorb knowledge and empathy and kindness like it’s natural. I have lots of hope for our future if we can make it through the monsters that we have in charge now.
I think that, unfortunately, the ownership of parrots and many other exotics will be either illegal or so heavily regulated that it’s almost non-existent within 500 years. They will likely exist mainly in zoos and a couple nature preserves and private menageries, but will no longer be found in the wild (most species, anyway) or as common companion animals. What I would LIKE to see would be for flight (free or otherwise, depending on species/local predators/other factors) to become a standard part of husbandry, as well as other forms of enrichment. Parrots should be raised from birth to accept a harness and should be socialized to public outings. Hopefully by then we will have developed vaccines for most of the common diseases they can get. There should be a higher priority on breeding for temperament/suitability as a pet, vs just putting any two birds that will mate together like most breeders do now. Hopefully desexing procedures will be easier and safer by then too. I think the areas where we fail birds the most now are in indiscriminate breeding, exercise, enrichment, and management of reproductive instincts, so I’d like to see those things fixed.
I don't there will be much alive over the microscopic level.
My 2 Teils and 3 keets have the run of the house. I just wish i could have an outside avairy for them to have the run of as well...never caged. Never clipped. Never pushed. 😍
How many people on this list are aware of the fact that scientists have recently discovered a new state of matter that exists in chickens’ eyes? It is called disordered hyperuniformity. I believe that science is going to continue to advance beyond our imaginations and discover that in fact birds are more advanced than we are. Already they are called feathered apes by those by those who know that their brains are some of the most compact engineering in nature. Having evolved to fly, And being the most successful Animals on the planet with over 8000 species, hopefully we can discover what they did in order to adapt to the new climate that was handed to them with a meteor. I think that if our species does not destroy this planet and actually survives another 500 years, that it will only be because we have learned the secrets that they have to give and learned hundreds of thousands of years ago. As far as the technology that is potentially in the future regarding our species and various bird species, as well as all animals, only when we begin to accept that there exists in the world, telepathy, which even Dr. pepperberg has hinted at with Alex, will we be able to start learning what kind of technology is hiding inside their brains. Or what kind of Technology that they can teach us so that we are less distructive and so engrossed with murderous behaviors amongst our various cultures. I really do think it will be the parrots who act as ambassadors to help our lowly species ascend in the firmament of an intelligence. I also believe that it is the Phoenix which brought us fire and not any human discovery. Every culture in the world has a phoenix bird in it. What other myths are there that the birds have which we do not recognize as harbingers of technology?
LOVE THAT BOOK!
I cried reading about the African grey although I know it goes on it is still so very sad that we can't treat animals with respect dignity courtesy and love. Not all of us and not yet. On a brighter note my African grey has an absolute definite liking funny music with a strong beat and reacts to it and my cockatiel used to do that too. Let's hope that in the future we will all know how to love and respect animals and each other more than we do today and bless you for your texts which come from such a loving heartx
There will be no companion parrots aby more because some idiots make the politicians believe that birds don’t belong in human hands and collect every happy bird from their owner and throw it in an aviary to other birds without looking how aggressiv lonely depressed frightened or whatever the birds are / will be. No joke here are people who really work on such ideas and want them to become a law And it doesn’t matter for them how many birds they kill with this project For me this is murder
Mervyn Lee caption
I think parrots will be fine. Cockatoos may even rule the world. Given some of the human loathing and political neighbor-hate in the world today I worry about our own species.
Humanity with any luck will be extinct in 500 years. But we'll probably take everything else with us, so... yeah.
Possibly they will rule the world. Mine certainly rule this household. <3 <3 <3
I think I’m 500 years, parrots will be ruling the world. THE RISE OF THE DINOSAURS HAS BEGUN!!
Lily learning to touch pictures in books is basically the cutest thing ever. I love how she scratches the page with her little beak!!!
(Bed hair, don't care!! 😂)
It makes me so happy to share my absolute love for books with my sweet birds. From book reading with the big girls to picture touching - find the pig! - with my little one, my heart is full!!!
PSA: She'll only touch the pictures if you show her the treat. 🙄
No treatie = no touchie!!! 😂
I'm teaching Learnin' Beepers ~ Introduction to Books and Cultural Enrichment online class April 27 at 7pm EST. That's a fancy way of saying TEACH YOR BIRB TO LIKE BOOKS TOO AND ALSO LEARN ABOUT THE EASTER BUNNY.
Click here! myreadingpets.com/product/introduction-to-books-webinar-4-27-19-7pm/
Holidays, books, cartoons, stories, pictures, Santa 🎅 Halloween 🕷 Thanksgiving 🙏 Valentine's Day 💗... our lives are FULL of enrichment for our birds!
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#teamlily #smartestparrotlet #bigbirdbigbrain
Maybe next time!😢
OMG, I love Lily <3 "I aint working for free" 🤣🤣🤣
She is so cute!
that’s cute is she a love bird?
Go Lily! Show them the smarts of the parrotlet!
Shea so smol 😭 I love her
What kind of reward treat do you give her??
She is so cute! We really love her and Naomi wants to meet her personally 😍
She's so tiny and feisty, I love her 😭 what a clever girl! 👏👏👏
little tiny smart velosiraptor !
How do you go about training her My little boy doesn't concentrate for very long he just legs it after a few minutes and I have lost him 😂😂😂 xxx
Hahaha Presley has to be coaxed to do most things by showing her the treat first. Actually identifying letters/numbers and yes/no are the only things she’ll do without prior treat verification!
So sweet. Getting down with the basics!
Shes so cute and smol
So I have to ask, you called her smelly, does she smell funny? My green Parrotlet does. I tell my husband she smells like "green". He says she smells like mint but it's more herbish than that. She bathes and I spray her regularly so it's weird. It's not a bad smell, just... unusual.
lol if my parrotlet saw the treat, he would lose focus on everything else like “mom, I know it’s in your hand, just give it to me!” 😂
~LEARNIN' BEEPERS CLASS!~
For birds of all sizes, no prerequisite skills!
Date: April 27 @ 7pm EST
How much would you love to interactively read stories with your cute bird?!
Books are a wonderful way to connect - through easy training your bird can learn so very much! From bunnies and turtles to Santa and Easter the world is full of things to discover while touching pictures and sharing special time together!
In our next Learnin' Beepers class you'll be introducing you're cute little learner to interactive engagement with simple children's books!
It's Saturday, April 27 at 7pm EST, and just $20.00 for an hour or so of friendship, fun, and learning together with other bird moms and dads!
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your videos are fantastic
Does anyone do this with the smaller birds, like green cheek conures?
Are these online classes?
I can't wait! I did forget to add our info when purchasing though, should I message it to you or just join in without?
The amount of force needed to train ANY animal is proportional to skill. And there are SO many excellent resources for addressing behavior challenges with gentleness, with simple and short training methods, and above all, without force.
We aren't perfect (I have flustered Mom moments!)! But I try hard to build trust at every every opportunity and avoid any force or fear-based interactions with any animal ❤❤❤
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This is so true. There is a confidence with one who has a skill that I believe the animals can sense and relate to it. I can train a dog to do almost anything and never get flustered because I KNOW first of all that I can do it, and second, how to do it. My bird...not so much..ugh
Same with horses, or any animal, AND children!
Are there some resources you mentioned above that you've found especially helpful or insightful concerning working with birds? I would love to expand my skills in this regard--there is always so much that can be improved upon!
***Proudest mama ever!***
Isabelle spotted this book on the counter. She marched over to it, hopped on top of the cover and stared at me...
... And I ignored her cuz I was reading a book myself on the sofa and we already read books together today, thank you 😊
Then she opened it up like a big girl, turned the pages to the middle, and jumped on it again, and how could anyone refuse a little bird girl who opens her own books to read??? 😍😍😍
A little night night book reading is in order, then off to bed for us!
Sleep tight, frens!
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Is her other foot hiding in the pic?
I didn't realize Isabelle was missing a foot!
Here is my little speed demon - in slow motion lol Dixie Chick
I have no recollection of following this page, but I am so happy I did
Amanda Renee Johnson
Isabelle! What a smart girl you are! ❤
That is so precious 💕
Look at that intensity!
I love Isabelle so much!!! She's always so extra heccin' adorable!! 😍😍😍😍😍
Precious baby girl!!!💕💕
She obviously loves her engagements with you and having her world expanded with the books you share. I think it's sooo wonderful!
No leg?! Never notice that
Nick Steven This is too adorable! ❤
Moonlight and Ellie love reading books together 😍 Moonlight is such a patient friend as Ellie is ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM. Just watching Ellie's nonstop little body in the video makes me laugh so much 😀
We're all familiar with normal kinds of enrichment - toys, foraging opportunities... these are "naturalistic behaviors" that fill up a time budget.
They keep beaks busy during the day.
Busy beaks are happier beaks. They scream less, bite less, play more.
But does enrichment--the same foraging stuff they use every day, the same toys rotated, adequately meet their *cognitive* needs for learning, memory, sensory, and motor skill development?
It keeps them busy--which is huge and important, and I do it for my girls too, 1000000%. 🤗
But if you really want to stimulate their mind and have a lot of fun together...? I'd recommend books and bedtime stories! <3 <3 <3
That's the topic of our next Learnin' Beepers class! BOOKS!!! And not for reading either!!!
Some researchers have been exploring, and have actually recently been making a case for non-traditional enrichment opportunities that draw upon learning and memory to enrich our companion animal friends.... They call this "Enhanced Enrichment."
(And then they recommended computers, but I don't have birdie computers so.....) 🙄😂
I really love using books for this. I love books--reading them, I love pictures in books. I love holding books. I love smelling old books 😂
Birds of EVERY SIZE can learn to engage with books - to touch the pictures, and find the characters on each page and get treats for identifying pictures.
Even my teeny parrotlet Lily shakes her little tail feathers with happiness when I hold up a new one to read. She touches the pictures and is so freaking adorable.
And I swear there are a hundred million children's books in the world, you'll never ever ever run out of new things to do with your Littles!
If you'd like to join our next class, it's April 27 @ 7pm EST (here's looking at you, morning in Australia!)
We're gonna learn about how to teach our birds to NOT EAT the books, but to enjoy and learn and interact with them... as well as other media, like cartoons, games on your phone, and cultural stuff like the Easter Bunny and Santa!
Learnin' Beepers: Books and Cultural Enrichment is just $20 and will be about 1-1.5 hours long of sharing, friendship, and learning with other bird moms and dads 🙂
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Amazing as always, you and your girls are lighting the path for parrot companions.
So adorable 💗
I've been playing with the kid's blocks and line each color about 4 high and tell the Bir-Dee which colors they are while doing it. Today I said "Where is the Yellow one" and she looked the stack over and picked up the yellow. Now, I have to admit, that was crazy and not sure if it was random, but we all got really excited and thinks, We did a Good Job Today 🙂
Awwwww this is amazing You are like the Jane Goodall of birbs
Moonlight’s wiggles come out in her tongue 😂
Is it a match? It looks like African Grey Jenny can tell you!
Scientifically speaking, can parrots use symbols to communicate with us? That's this year's question, and I'm exploring symbol communication on both concrete tasks (is it a match?) and preference (do you want a treat or broccoli?).
So far, the data looks great! Here's Kanya W Bushfield's Grey girl, Jenny!! She's given us a data set with 40 choice task selections under blind conditions at ~87% accuracy! 😍 ... See MoreSee Less
Holy jeepers smart baby!!! A little learner from our online Teach Your Bird To Read class in Germany with Papageientraining Hildegard Niemann last month!
I can't express how proud I am of this little one! 😍😍😍
Papageientraining Hildegard Niemann
mittlerweile trainieren immer mehr Halter mit ihren Papageien nach der Trainingsmethode von Jen Cunha und die Erfolge sind erstaunlich. Wir können mit Freude beobachten, dass wir einen neuen und beeindruckenden Level der Kommunikation mit unseren Papageien erreicht haben. Coco gehört schon zu den fortgeschrittenen Papageien, denn sie kann zuverlässig Worte erkennen und unterscheiden. Jetzt stehen Kleinbuchstaben auf dem Stundenplan.
Wenn Sie sich für diese Form der Kommunikation mit Ihren Papageien interessieren lade ich Sie herzlich zur Einsteiger-Online-AG am 6. Mai um 20 Uhr ein. Zur Anmeldung geht es hier: www.papageien-training.de/arbeitsgruppen.html Die Teilnahmegebühr liegt bei 29 Euro pro Meeting. Falls Sie noch nicht an einer Online-Veranstaltung teilgenommen haben und Fragen zur Technik haben zögern Sie bitte nicht, sich telefonisch unter Tel. 02451-9018597 oder per Kontaktformular www.papageien-training.de/kontakt.html zu melden. Wir würden uns freuen, Sie und Ihren Papageien in unseren Arbeitsgruppen begrüßen zu dürfen.
Hildegard Niemann, PBC
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I hope birds take over the world. I think they'd do a better job !
that is very impressive
What's your bird's full name and nickname?
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Ginette ... alias gigi
Name is Chilli, is nickname is Little Dragon.💚💛💙
Koko Absurdius Maximus Bird
Veruca Doan - he calls himself “Veru” and “Ve-ra” for short lol
Pictured left- Ricky Aka Ricky Ricardo Montebahn Lay Kehler Garsow... If he hears that he RUNS back to his house. Everyone here is a rehome...they get name,middle,and all of their known last names... You should see the looks😂🤣
We have lots of birds, but the one with the most nicknames is our original Indian Ringneck. “Bloo,” “Logan Berry Bean Whale,” “Beluga Whale,” “Baby Beluga,” “Blue-ben-beans,” “Logan beans,” and last but not used the least “Hey, Stop That!”
Buster Keaton (also tookie or tookie too)
Babydoll Bishop , nicknamed Cuddle chicken lol
Lucy Tiara Harger, aka Boo or Lulu
Bailey is Bailey-bird or Bae. Chara is Char-char-bird. Molotov Cocktail is just Molly 😂
Annie Mae but we call her Beaniebutt or BeanJean. 🙂
Furby's paperwork name is Ferdinand. Furby is the name I gave him (it was an easy transition from Ferdie). He is called everything from furbalicious to Satan spawn
Some of our fish names: sparkle; robert; Heidi; Messie; Albi 😁
(Waiting patiently for Mom to open the cage this morning) Loro aka "Brat Bird" "Baby" (Hey Baby is our contact call. The first time he said Hey Baby was at 1:30 in the morning as I walked past his cage to get a drink of water. I thought for sure some grumpy old man was hiding in the corner of my living room! Lol) and Mama's sunshine. My mother calls him the old crow.
Scarlet Elizabeth Anne Hedwig aka Boo Bump aka Monkey
Rolo (the little one) is Lil Bit and Squish. Winnie (amazon) is Winbot, WinWin, ScreamBot and PoopBot
My flock of 6 budgies include: Zucchini Hot Wings McGee (aka Z, or Zukes) Zabaglione Vidal Nacarelli (aka Zabbi) Zurich Earl Grey (aka Monkey, or Little Sh*t) Zodiac Trillion Morel (aka Blue, Big Blue, or Herald) Zinfandel Baby Face LeBlanc (aka Baby, Derp, or Zinny-Finny) Everyone is collectively referred to as "The Beans," or "Chickens." RIP: Zinc Gerkin Littleton (aka ZincZinc, or Zinkerbelle) Zepher Pepper Stephanopolis (aka Zepher Pepper, or Puffle Bean.) 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
Fina aka FinaStina, Tuppi, Urban, kråkan, kråkibråk 💕
One of my teammates, Pink. We call her Pinkie Pie, but she's also been called The Beast (and later, Beauty). Most often, though, it's Pinkie Pie, which is hilarious because she's so far from a giddy goofy party pony. She's the biggest baddest bird in the sky - until there's an Eagle, then she bails back to me and once even went so far to run under my parked work truck 😅 usually she just comes back and runs laps around my feet making her velociraptor noises. Chrrddrrchrrr chrrrdrrrchrrr
Yindi, Yindellini, bubbles, bubba
Oh, my name's Eliana too! 💖
Ahsoka Tano. 'Soka, Ah-soakin' Tano (after baths), Soh-kee. Somewhat rarer is Ahsoka's actual nickname from the show, Snips.
My brain vs. reality. *eye roll*
Me in bed: I am going to sneak out to the garden and watch the sunrise and work. 😍 My birds won't even notice and I'm gonna get SO much done!!!
My birds: OH HAI ARE YOU TRYING TO SNEAK BY??? WE ARE AWAKE AND HAVE ENTITLEMENTS 😲
So now Ellie is on my shoulder. 😝
I got her her own mug of warm tea but she's trying to drink my coffee. Isabelle's yelling at us from inside. 🙄
Additional edit: Now Ellie's on the top of my head trying to call the neighbors out to play.
Moonlight and Lily are the only sane ones still sleeping 🤣
WELL ANYWAY I love my front garden so much! It'll be gone so soon.
Spring is "fall" in most places, it's our harvest season in Florida before the bugs and the heat. The herbs and vegetables are so big and beautiful.
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i love my garden.. its my peace
Sneaking by the birds. 🤷🏻♀️Yeah. That’s never going to happen.
Well, it was a good idea!!! Love your garden!
Good try!! Lol
I always give my conure a small portion of my food in her own dish at dinner, but she always insists on eating off my plate. XD
If it's dawn, they are awake. Only bird people know what it's like to sneak around your own home hoping they won't notice we're up.
ROFLMAO! They won't notice huh? Wow, you were delusional 🤣🤣 It was worth a try! What part of the state are you in? The northern part has a different weather pattern than the south. Both nice in their own way. 😀
Isabelle was crazy excited about reading a little story before bed! The intensity of that face 😂
And then of course she didn't want to go to bed. More stories please, Mom! 😊
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Wait til she starts asking for a glass of water....and another glass....and another glass....
Wow. Amazing ❤️😍
Super! Great job, Isabelle!
I am so impressed with what you do!
What are the treats you're using? ❤
You and your wonderful fids fascinate me!
You can just see her focus; that sweet face💝
She’s amazing, you have done wonders with her!
Ellie has learned how toddlers procrastinate at bedtime. "Just one more book Mommy!" She's way too smart.
Isabella!!! You are soooo smart!!! 💞
I just love her ❤❤❤
Stephanie Michelle reading time!
.... Oh my god, I think those are the books I learned to read with. XD
2 weeks ago
Just a little brag on Moonlight...😍 I'm submitting a grant proposal and had to survey my training videos for the next project (vocabulary learning through silent reading).
The tests were informal/not blind, but she had the highest accuracy on the most words compared to everyone else. It was a small sample size - just 8 over several sessions - and she had 100% accuracy! 😊
She also had the highest accuracy on (informal) meaningful use of reading words - 83% on 35 words. 🤗
Now if I can get her to like the blind test setup conditions....!!! 😂
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Oh, she really is a clever girl 😍😘🥰
Fingers crossed for your grant proposal!
She is my favorite!!❤❤ good luck
Wow ! Clever girl Moonlight xxxxx But a clever student has always had a clever teacher, so you need a big slice of the praise as well xxxx
What a smarty!!! What smart mom & helping her show your her stuff
Well, look at Moonlight! That's wonderful (shhh, she is my favorite, don't tell Ellie). She is a regular smarty pants! 🤣
Oh I bet that bird can talk!
We have twenty new Learnin' Beeper friends from our yes/no communication classes yesterday!!! 😍 Ahh, it was soooo nice to meet all of you and see your adorable birds!!!
I know that there are birds who experience a lot of hardship, but when I meet all of you who love your birds to absolute bits, I feel so inspired! Your compassion and the joy you receive from your birds is absolutely contagious, and it's SUCH a privilege to get to know you!!!
Ellie was a busy (and slightly mischievous) little elfling for class. She's an extrovert and literally LOVES meeting everyone and seeing bird friends.
She's so excited to meet online friends, in fact, that she bounces like a crazed rabbit all around everywhere. Her happiness is too big to keep inside.
It inspires her to naughtiness. 🙄🤣
But - and kind of a big deal - she was actually really, really, really good at live demo'ing the concepts we worked on!!
I think she enjoyed showing off to everyone how to do stuff. 😀 She illustrated the yes/no training step-by-step yesterday like a champ! 🤩
I was so proud of her!!! 😍
It made her so happy to meet you all yesterday... She smiled the whole rest of the day <3
And I did too!!! <3
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Do you think I can teach my 29 years old guy yes/no? we love your page!
I should try this programm with my quaker. I will havr to translate cz my bird speaks french 😅😀
I so wanted to attend this class, but even an extra $20 is a hardship right now (after taxes😬). I hope you’ll do another one in the near future because I really want to start on the yes/no training.
One day when I have reliable reception we will do this with you!💕 In the meantime we watch what we can.
Highly recommend webinar! It was very informative, the data was easily presented and the demontration facilitated by eager Ellie! Thank you Jen for sharing your knowledge and transmitting your passion!
So proud of you Ellie 🥰😍
Brilliant course, will certainly be doing more with Jen, your input was inspiring Ellie XXX
Let me know when the next one is!
LAST CALL! Our live yes/no communication webinar is today! Choose from two convenient times - 3pm or 7pm EST!
We're gonna start from scratch with target training and go through the simple steps of yes/no object training and vocabulary development! 😊
Plus fun sharing and connecting with other bird moms and dads 🤗
Can't wait to see everybody! 😍
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Are our birds joining or is it just for us parronts?
I just signed up for the 3:00.
This might sound reeeeaaally daft, I've signed up but from the comments above is it like a Skype video call?
Id just signed up for 7pm. Hopefully my birds will want to hang out 😊
I wish I could. I’ve been trying with target training but so far have been unsuccessful. I’m a 4 hour time difference and work during the day.
Saturday mornings are the best! My garden companion Moonlight enjoying freshly picked lavender 🌿 😍
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"see my sweet 🐦!" / "also my 🐦"
Auntie Angi misses you, sweet girl!!! ❤️❤️❤️
Snail! 🐌 When I saw my tortoise eat an earth worm, I was worried, too! (Eeewww!)
Awwwww. Poor snail. Just snailing away and crunch there goes his home
She's so beautiful.
I love lavender too. She is gorgeous!
Awwww what a sweet girl❤️❤️❤️ I've been having the hardest time with my birds behaviour it's been so discouraging and frustrating☹️refreshing to see all the pretty bird pictures
She is beautiful
Moonlight...your so beautiful 💞
A little escargot for breakfast!
But, actually, snail slime is supposed to be the latest and greatest thing for facial beauty treatments....maybe, she just was just practicing her beauty regiment? 😂 (she is already so so beautiful )
She is just so stunningly beautiful!
I'm convinced my birds are fairies in disguise, and you can't convince me otherwise!!! (Fight me!) 😂
Here are some thoughts on culture and cognition in the animal world... and my living room...
When I was younger, I wished so much fairies existed. I imagined their little kingdoms among the flowers, their tifts and their squabbles, their kindnesses and magic as they tended the earth and napped among the leaves.
I suspect our fairy friends would not be quite as advanced as humans, with all of our power and technology. My imagination never had them sitting at computers or developing nuclear technology.
They'd have a lot of the same tendencies as humans: culture, creativity, simple language and communication skills. They'd just also have wings and live in nature; they'd be teeny and adorable and occasionally feisty. Our differences would not be in gaps, but in gradations.
The more I learn about parrots and non-human primates from Dr.de Waal's books, the more convinced I am that these fairy kingdoms exist all around us in the forms of feathers and fur and even fins <3
Our differences are in degrees, not in chasms. As Dr. de Waal illustrates time and again in his excellent book "Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?", humans didn't suddenly appear on the earth with all of our emotions and brilliance. We evolved somehow - and so did they.
Some examples from the book:
Goffin's cockatoos create tools better than human children.
Male robins guess their mates' favorite foods and get it for her when she's stuck on a nest.
Some primates are faster than humans in memory and learning tasks--and outperform human children in strategic imitation.
Crows communicate information amongst themselves spanning generations.
Many species of animals (including bumblebees!) can share information--with vocalizations and gestures and who knows how else?--about things that are far away.
Chimpanzee politics legit are as complicated (and even Machiavellian) as human politics - including leaders who kiss babies and do nice things for the ladies when they are needing some alliances.
Baby chimpanzees make the same breathy sounds as a laugh when you tickle them - they run away and return with hesitation, just like little babies wanting tickles.
Most animals have a system for "punishing" cheaters, too.
I am fairly certain Ellie regularly and intentionally shapes my behavior with her nips (punishment) and by pressing her face against my cheek (reinforcement).
You can't tell me Moonlight doesn't have the biggest grin ever when she's learning or playing outside.
"Culture" is defined as habits learned from others. Goffin's Cockatoo Ellie and Umbrella Cockatoo Isabelle used to simply play "ignore mom" if I offered a hand and they didn't want to relocate.
Palm Cockatoo Miss Moonlight moved in and, well, she'll kick your hand if she doesn't want up. Now Isabelle kicks me too.
Both Moonlight and Isabelle shake their heads "no" and use this gesture in context -- something they learned from me.
The politics--and use of social tools--between Ellie and Isabelle are too numerous to even begin to describe in this post.
When I look at my girls, I suspect I have somehow been lucky enough to have four whimsical little fairies--complete with unspeakable complexity, big feelings, and incredible minds--as the most precious little house mates on earth.
How lucky for all of us with mischievous feathered and furry fairies in our homes and in our hearts. <3
This I believe: We've only begun to scratch the surface when it comes to understanding the incredible, magical, dynamic and complicated living kingdoms that are all around us.
And ever more thanks to Dr. Frans de Waal - Public Page for sharing his incredible insights with us in "Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?" ... See MoreSee Less
Parrotlets especially remind me of fairies, with their pastel colours!
I truly believe my two babies are angels in disgust. Even a lot of time they are misbehaving themselves.
Your writing are always touched my soul.
My life with Puck is nothing short of magical, miraculous. He is a blessing to me.
How lucky you are to have fairies as your friends!😜
Absolutely love this!!!
The creators handywork. Its all so complex and amazing! 😍
I agree with you 3000000% ❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️
Lovely! I can absolutely relate to this. I get bitten if I do something to annoy my fairy🤣
I raised my yellow nape amazon from a baby. Always hands on, potty trained, smart, mischievious. He loves to cuddle especially in the evening and gives the best kisses. When he is bad and wants attention he will say no when he is doing it! My funny, loving, most beautiful and amazing feathered baby amazes me everyday with his intelligence and spirit. I am so blessed he choose me to be his mom. <3
Omg Dove Golubka ily so much this post reminded me of u..faes remind me of smol birbs like u 💕 youve shown me u and u c me ^v^ Youre just like a lil fairy in disguise cause ur light is just so touching. Id be so lonely without u lol. i guess at least (if it is even least) we are here with eachother 💕 thanks for existing my borbtacular friend💕 I never get to tell you how much you mean to me properly i feel, i feel like maybe this post inspired me to do close enough and now im tagging & gushing about you in a group oh my god
Yes ! With all you taught your girls they really communicate with you quite well!!! A added pluss for all your hard work!!! Yes they are fairies in disguise with a feather bowa ! Yes my Fred really smiles & laughs & shakes his head NO when i ask him to eat something new! LOL! They sure do learn our ways!! Smarties
Such amazing information! When you start studying things animals do, they are quite amazing. Our birds learn so much, not from a taught lesson, but things self taught. My CAG taught herself to potty in a little trash can. My daughter in law put a trash can at the base of Juno's tree, in a spot pretty much under Juno's favorite spot to perch. Well, my son noticed that Juno would go in the trash and well, yep you can take her to the tree, hold her above the trash can and tell her to go potty, and bombs away! She will go potty in the trash can!
When you think of your bird(s), of what color do they remind you?
Moonlight, to me, is purple, a regal, wise lady with wisdom and knowing in her eyes.
Isabelle is pastel pink - delicate and innocent like a flower, and full of the vibrance and hope of a blossom.
Ellie is blue like the sea. She's whimsical, deep, and moody.
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Degas is just.... The colors she is. Maybe with some pink and brown thrown in, because I was a fanciful child who named her because she reminded me of one of Degas' ballerinas.
My molucan is orange. Bright forceful and loud.
yellow because he's so playful and lively
Tyrian purple because he is so regal
Gray because he’s grumpy all the time lol
Dragon would be sapphire blue. He is mischievous and curious, but has eyes that look into your soul. He lets his needs be known, but is not overly dramatic about it.
I'd say my old Rocco is light blue, vibrant and sassy but at the same time full of secrets and deep. Then my new boy Quico would be white, pure and full of joy when he always goes to say good morning to me at my bed.
Eli= Emerald Green Aggie (vision impaired) = Sky Blue Both are native Australian Magpies 🥰
Bandit reminds me of the colour of blood. He is a demon spawn of screams and a grumpy boy normally. But like blood he is essential to my life and I love him. (Also only learns swear words -_- )
Ooh seems like fun... QP (tiel): pale yellow. She's pretty cheery and sweet, but can spook a little easy. Enjoys stretching her wings whether flying or showing off. Still a clumsy baby. Loves company. Fluffy (budgie): lavender. He's happiest when he has a lady friend he can be proud (in front) of, and doesn't shy away from giving affection such as preening
Buster Keaton: peach & yellow. He looks white but is really quite colorful. Kinda like me; on the surface, totally Irish but underneath beats an Hispanic heart.
I think of Frankie as baby blue, because he is such a scrawny little baby
Giuseppe would be red because of his love for kisses, his fiery attitude, and of course his beautiful red cheeks
Louie would be pink, as he was compassionate, loving, and sweet.
These are SO on point EXCEPT for Ellie. To me she’s a bright reddish-violet!!! Whimsical yet somewhere between deep and moody (blue) and mischievous (red) 💜
Chauko is like a beautiful Indigo
my senuna was always bright yellow sunshine
Such a nice picture of the two of you! ❤️
Yeah I would’ve said purple too for Moonlight! Weird. Lol. But yes regal.
We have a new, complete data set! Thirty-one choice (yes/no symbol) tasks with 71% accuracy. Way to go, Ellie!!! 😍
Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are? ...Am I smart enough to know how smart Ellie is? Are the demands of science too rigid to truly comprehend animal intelligence? (Are humans creative enough to really measure?)
That's the premise of Dr. Frans de Waal - Public Page New York Times bestselling book (of the same title) in which he surveys a century of animal cognition research, and all of its failures and successes.
Researching animal intelligence seems simplistic enough, how hard can it be to give an IQ test?
I will tell you from experience 🤚 it's really, really hard 😂
The challenge to quantify parrots' intelligence plays itself out every single day in my life, especially and most recently with Ellie.
Under blind conditions, I needed her to demonstrate that she can use symbols to express "yes" and "no". This sounds laughably easy. We do this all day every day. Countless animals have been taught to communicate with yes/no symbols - whether sign language, a special movement, using red/green objects or choosing yes/no flash cards.
This is, in fact, a "replication" study of sorts. Literally the easiest test ever. How on earth did my genius parrot only score 71%?! (And log 2 fuss-outs over 6 trial periods?!)
Constantly I think about how to design tests that measure their intelligence with the rigor of science and the creativity demanded by my inventive and bright cockatoo students.
We did 6 blind trial sessions and acquired 31 tasks over that period of time. I analyzed the data today.
If you looked at Ellie's accuracy based purely on the first three questions across all of the trials, she scores 100%.
When you get to 5 questions, she drops to 80%.
At 7-12 questions, she's 71%.
It doesn't mean she lacks the capacity to express choice with symbols. It means that my test setup is flawed. 71% is passable for science. But it's flawed with respect to her true capacity.
An authentic measure of Ellie's intelligence on this test would be better served by setting up more trials with fewer tasks, perhaps, which is time consuming, and can also lead to more 'fuss out' trials to log. In effect, maybe 10 trials of 3 questions would be better.
I suspect she'd never put up with facing 10 trials, even if they were short. She wants to study math and do reading comprehension. It seems to her that this is stupid.
To keep her on task--to get this data set at all (with an April 29 deadline looming)--I had to be creative.
The first 19 tasks measure yes/no based on matching color sets. If they matched, she had to select "yes". If they didn't, she selected "no".
Her accuracy--and her interest--plummeted severely over time. Her intelligence demanded a novel approach to the same question, and the last trial asked a different question:
Do you want broccoli? (No.)
Do you want a treat? (Yes.)
Her attention span popped back up and we got 12 more tasks, completing the set. ✔️
It's a data set. It's blind. We have "significant accuracy." It's not as standardized as I would like, but she is who she is.
In an ideal world (and I have two weeks to accomplish this per said deadline!), I could get 30 questions that are color/concrete answers, and 30 questions that are preference, and have two data sets reflecting symbol use.
I need 12 more for the concrete symbol use and 18 more for the preference. My fingers are crossed but my expectations aren't too high! 😂
To me, in some ways, science is a compass. It points to the possibilities--to the ice underneath the tip of the iceberg. As Dr. de Waal says, you can't prove a negative. You can't prove that animals CAN'T, for instance, use symbols.
Animal species are brilliant and diverse, and studying them--truly grasping their intelligence and potential--is tough. Meeting scientific standards in the framework of animal cognition research--using our human brains... are we smart and creative enough to truly understand them? To truly study them and know their capacity and brilliance?
All day long I will tell you I am madly in love with scientific rigor. I trust it. I trust that blind studies that evidence a possibility don't show a cap, they show a baseline of genius to be explored with ever more creativity and respect for the incredible creatures that live all around us <3 ... See MoreSee Less
Wait... you did this without me?
That moment when bird knows English better than meeee😢😁
Could you take breaks after #6 and come back 15 to 30 minutes later? Would that make a difference?
Way to go Ellie! Your the birdie with the mostest
I do think the structures in place for proving animal cognition are too rigid to give a true picture of what they can do. Dr Pepperberg ran into similar issues with Alex and Griffin. They had to do the same thing the same way so many times that the boys would get bored and start getting them wrong on purpose. And it's hard for them to understand why they have to do the boring stuff so, like children do, they muck up. The work you're doing is incredible and this is the most excited I have been in animal science related stuff in awhile.
Green for yes and red for no! Teach your parrot easy yes/no communication. Live webinar next Saturday!
WHEN: Saturday, April 6! 😍
WHERE: ONLINE! You can use phone, tablet, or computer!
TIME: Two options!
✔️ 3pm EST - myreadingpets.com/product/yes-no-communication-webinar/
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WIN A TOY FOR YOUR PARROT! 🏆 We wanna see your cheeky learnin' beepers on video, and the most popular one will win a $25 credit to Amazon for bird toys! 🎁🛍
The contest starts NEXT SUNDAY! (Not yet!!) 📅
Your video can be a yes/no training demonstration or yes/no in practice - with your little cutie telling you their preferences!
NOW THE GOOD NEWS! If you haven't taught your bird yes/no communication yet, or you want a refresher, we're offering a live webinar so you can Learn All The Things and make friends too!! <3
We're going to cover how to teach your bird yes/no communication as well as simple vocabulary conditioning. The class will be an hour (to an hour and a half) and costs just $20!
WHEN: Saturday, April 6! 😍
WHERE: ONLINE! You can use phone, tablet, or computer!
TIME: Two options!
✔️ 3pm EST - myreadingpets.com/product/yes-no-communication-webinar/
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Ok, not for the contest but still cute!
I just needed to squeal because of the Lily picture. 😍 I love her and feel she may be my spirit bird.
Are classes limited to certain species of birds? I always see you with the bigger cockatoos and assumed you’d need a bird of that speed to be able to teach them like that.
“Are your birdy muffins yummy?” Nods yes.
no training but.....
That is the cutest picture ever !!
Rio doing his training only when he wants may I add haha we use bottle caps to have a white an blue one so trying to learn him colours xxx
Emma Lane will you be watching the webinar tonight? I'm very excited to find out how to better communicate with Chilli.
My birds being... exactly themselves this Sunday morning! Moonlight is chillaxin' with me, Isabelle plays quietly with her toys, and Ellie... Extrovert Ellie is using all of her physical and psychic powers to summon the neighbors 🤣
(When that didn't work, she kept trying to sneaky pull Isabelle's tail.) 😒
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Does anyone else have to remind their fussy fussy fussy parrot (who, it should be noted, has full and free access to food in abundance), "You are whining because you are HUNGRY! You need to EAT!!!" 😳
"...Here's your food! *shake shake* Eat your dinner!" 😲
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Not for eating, but I frequently remind Ivy that she CAN actually fly, when she insists on being carried back to her cage on command! 😂
Nope, I have a fatty. If she sees that anyone uses anything as food she sees it as her sole purpose in life to taste it. This includes her flying to the dog food bowls, and lets just say the refrigerator has her better trained in flight recall than I do. God forbid she ever flies outside, me putting her cage outside won’t do a thing, the Refrigerator on the other hand...I’m pretty sure she would land right in front of it and stare at the doors, per usual.
Yes. My tiel. He'll sit on your shoulder and scream and scream and scream and then you put him on his food and he's like .. OH YEAH I'm HUNGRY! nom nom nom.
I sometimes have to physically put my green cheek conure on his cage to get food because he'd rather just be on me all day! Then when he does decide to go eat, he kinda pigs out cuz he's hungry! lol
I have to tell my timneh this ALL THE TIME and put it in his face... he just stares at me and goes "HERE HERE HERE WANNA BITE"
Human child. Exact scenario.
Bogey will nibble at my fingertips to tell me he's hungry. He started doing that when he was a baby and certain fingers mean he wants different things. But some days he will nibble lightly at my fingertips with a full bowl of fruit right next to him. It's not enough to bring him the bowl so he can reach the food without moving. He wants me to hand him each piece. Other days he swoops in and steals a piece before it makes it to his bowl.
I do wonder what percentage of food our Grey 'eats' is actually consumed. He does such a good Cookie Monster impersonation that it must be a very small percentile indeed.
Oh yes. Food is there but it's not the RIGHT food.
It's me, I'm fussy fussy fussy parrot 😔👌🏾 I understand her plight. Sometimes you wanna eat food but you dont wanna eat THAT food 😌
😫 yes! They suffer from privilege!!!
God yes, this is a painful daily struggle at my house. I feel your pain!
Birds are such toddlers lmao
If she’s anything like my kids, she doesn’t like that dinner. Try chicken nuggets.
Scooter, my umbrella, only likes what he likes most of which is bad for him, to punish me for anything he throws out the healthiest (also the most expensive) food, and will starve himself to try to get what he wants. The best way to get him to eat healthy is to allow him to think he is stealing the food from you. Occasionally you can catch him secretly eating healthy food, but if he sees you see him do it, he throws it to the cage bottom immediately. Living with an Umbrella Cockatoo is a constant lesson in mental Ju-Jitsu.
Some reading practice with a cute little goober, Ellie!
I've always wondered about parrot developmental stages. We know so very much about humans. We only know some things about parrots.
Isabelle struggled to learn letters and sounds until she was about three years old. I think she was too young - or perhaps it was trainer error (me!). It took a lot of time and work until she had her little OMG I GET IT!!! moment, and after that, we were all set 🙂
Ellie picked up learning colors and math even as a baby. Of course, I didn't start on letters until several years later, when she was four. But she was a genius learner basically right out of the egg. 😳
Hero, a macaw in our classes, began learning when she was five months old - and she absorbed concept after concept at amazing speed. She's adorable and even a bit sassy to her mama! I think she's just over a year old now and is quite the little scholar!!! <3
So (with a non-sample size of three) the babies are a bit hit and miss. We have a few other youngsters learning now, and they seem to be picking it up, but (like human child development) another baby umbrella girl seemed a bit too young too.
As a youngster of 3-4 years old, Isabelle seemed eager to please. She'd give us data set after data set. She was so proud and happy to play and learn and do a good job on whatever I asked of her for research.
A weird thing seems to be emerging in the teen years.
Au contraire, teenager G2 Ellie at 5-6 wanted NOTHING to do with research. Stupid lessons were stupid. She'd seemingly deliberately choose wrong answers on easy tasks, and only engage on harder ones.
Now U2 Isabelle is almost five and is turning into a little stinker! She's picking wrong answers and refusing to participate unless it's new, challenging, and interesting. 😶
And Ellie - ending her teen years at almost 7 - is coming back around to being helpful and giving me data sets! Um? Who is this alien bird child and what happened to Ellie?!?! 🤔
So my anecdotal observation is that young young babies are hit and miss - macaws seem able to learn (and Goffin's too). U2s may need a few years to develop.
The young ones may be more helpful with research, and the teenagers not so much. 😂
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Nick Farrow Raph Willem @41 seconds
You need to write a book! (Yeah, in your spare time! 😀)
Maybe it has to do with their natural needs and instincts—I don’t know a ton about early life for goffins vs U2s, but maybe it’s necessary for goffins to think for themselves earlier in life, whereas U2s have more of a home life as young birds? It might be species-dependent, which is actually also kind of interesting.
It would be amazing to be able to MRI scan their little brains every step of the way, though getting them to sit still in the beeping clanking tube for any amount of time might be tricky
Natalie Barry. I think you would love following this!
Really want to see Hero now...
Does she know what each word means or just the difference between to words
Have you had success with older birds or birds with emotional issues?
Just like human children really lol 😍😍
Today is my mom's (the girls' grandma's) birthday. 😍
Every single time I've brought home a new bird girl, she's dropped everything and driven across the state to meet her new feathered grandkid. 😊
When Isabelle barbs or plucks Mom always tells her she likes her cute, spunky haircut. "Your mother used to cut her hair when she was little, too!" she says and gives her a big kiss.
If Isabelle is especially struggling, she'll drive the 6 hour round trip just to help her feel better.
I'm not sure there's a grandmama anywhere as devoted as my mom.
She comes to visit us a almost every month doling out hugs and treats and even much-needed moral support for this mama too. 🤗
She adores Moonlight and plays with Lily. She reads to Ellie and snuggles Isabelle with the love only a grandma could show.
My girls worship their grandma ❤
And without her, I'm not sure we'd have any research at all - we've been working together on data sets for two years, she knows the setup as well as I do, and we could do it in our sleep. 😀
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You look so much like her!!
Happy birthday to your mom!
Happy Birthday Mom!😜
Happy Birthday! My mom taught my GCC to say, "Orion is Grammy's good grandbird." Cheers to grandmas who adore their grandbirds, and grandbirds who loves their grannies. 💓
Happy Birthday to your mom!!! You are so blessed to have a mom who loves your girls as much as you do!!!
Happy birthday to your mom! The birds have a great grandma
Your mom is too cool!
Happy Birthday!!! Sounds like you are a very special women. Hope you say is a wonderful one. Such a beautiful picture.
Bless your Mom and all the love she shares with you and her grandbirds.💞🕊🎁
Your mom is beautiful in every way!
Awwww. I have tears. Thank you for your kind words, but I'm the one blessed to be a part of your special family. We do have such a special bond and I always look forward to being a part of their lives. You have opened doors that allows up to communicate in ways nobody ever thought possible. I love you and my grandbirdies and can't wait to see them in a couple of weeks. It truly has been a great birthday.
Happy birthday! Furby loves his grandma too! ❤️
So sweet, wish my mom could of met my girl.
Just wow. Best wishes.
Happy Birthday to your lovely Mom!
Happy birthday! Also Issa looks great!
Happy birthday to your Mom! I see you in her eyes. They are the same, kind eyes!
Happy Birthday to your wonderful Mom!! I see the resemblance. Two beautiful loving women. ❤
Happy Birthday!! 🎂🎈🎁
There's no love like a mother's/gma's love ❤️!
Happy birthday to your Mom.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your Mom. !!! May you all have many Blessed more 💖💖💖💖
I am constantly reminded of how a little empathy can go a long way for our little feathered friends. Tonight, Ellie was my reminder.
Birds are so tiny - even the big ones are so small compared to us. It's easy to shut them away, close a door. Ignore them. Cover them.
I remember being young. I remember having big feelings, big desires. My emotions were so giant and raw, and I was little, but it didn't make the feelings any less.
In some ways, it made the feelings bigger, because without help, love, and empathy, I was sometimes tiny and powerless.
Birds don't 'scream' in a vacuum. They feel, want, yearn--for something. They've got big feelings and little bodies, and their voices are their way of asking.
Sometimes their asking is a bigger (louder) call for environmental adjustments - more toys, more attention, gentle and loving training with positive reinforcement.
Other times, it's a plea for help.
Honestly, it's past midnight and I'm still working. Ellie sleeps wherever she wishes, but she has a lot of things that frighten her - fireworks, gun shots, thunder. I have no idea how/why she ended up wherever she ended up in the other room for sleeping tonight.
Apparently she regretted her choice, and maybe it was too dark to relocate?
So she screamed. It's a high-pitch, sharp vocalization that always means, "Please come here." She uses it to call over the neighbors in the yard, and at night when she's afraid, she uses it to call me.
It crossed my mind for a second to just ignore her. It's bedtime, she'll fall asleep (in theory). But I always remember being little and sometimes frightened.
In the whole world, more than anything, I needed a touch. I needed reassurance and love. There's definitely a requirement to ensure I'm not 'training' Ellie to yell for bedtime attention, but when I walked out and found her little eyes darting, her feathers flat against her body... the poor little thing pacing.
When I picked her up and felt her heart pounding...
The three minutes it took to fix her whole world was perhaps the biggest, kindest gift I could ever give her.
I kissed her on the forehead and relocated her little body to the corner play stand. She plopped off. I embraced her for another moment until she crawled up to one of her little sleeping spots.
And that was that. Safe, secure, and loved, she fell asleep. I haven't heard a peep since <3
A few minutes for me. A peaceful, rest-filled night for her.
And hopefully, you too.
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Sleep tight little Ellie 🙂 you are safe, loved and warm. I find it. Positive thing to think about that she doesn’t know it but all her friends on Facebook are sending her positive thoughts
You are lucky Ellie
The love you have to give these girls is palpable.
What a lovely post. I've been trying to stop and think the same things with my bird and other animals too. Most of the time they do need something and are extremely grateful when I help them out. Ellie is very lucky to have you and I bet she knows that too. 💗
I LOVE this!!!! May I share? 😊
So precious.... Reminds me of the saying " If you pray to god for patience he does not make you patient. God gives you the opportunity to be patient"
What a heart warming post ❤I really appreciate your ability to understand the beyond in these feathered babies
What a sweet story!
I love this so so much. This is why I sit in their room every single night at dusk as they wind down and fall asleep. Sometimes I try to sneak out b4 and one will make a sound that melts my heart. So I sit back down a few mins. I never see this as spoiled. I think of how much they don’t get to experience that they were meant to. It breaks my heart so if all they need right then is for me to sit with them .. I’ll sit with them. Ty for your post ❤️
I love how you love her!
Goodnight Ellie. 😴💤💤
a big lesson for everyone who has birds- most people don't appreciate
I love your posts they make me feel so connected to you and your little ones. You have learnt so much through life and use it to give them such wonderful love and understanding that I am, like now, reduced to tears x
A big lesson for any pet owner. I firmly believe there is always a need when your pet calls.
This is lovely. It 's so crucial to see everything from their perspectivge.
Scott i love this
This is wonderful. A minute of our time is worth millions to them.
John Schmid 💗💗💗💗💗💗
This is so beautiful, and a very important lesson for us humans to learn regarding precious animals. It would do us good to apply it to other people as well.
Such a sweet, beautiful post! Thank you for sharing this
My Ginger will sometimes have a night time scream. Seems like a night terror of some sort. I'm not sure if they dream or not, but like you, I always go to her. It takes just a moment, but then we both sleep better. ❤️
We made things today! The girls sat on their baskets in the kitchen and we started to celebrate spring! 🌺
The girls selected their egg colors and then picked out the stickers we used to decorate. (They both decidedly were anti the pink felt 😂)
Isabelle wanted a yellow dot on her flower, and Ellie chose "6 white dots" to sprinkled on her Easter egg.
(Moonlight boycotted all of this silliness, and Lily was asleep...)
They're all so stinkin' cute! 😍
You and your cuties can make it too! 🐰 The craft is from Michael's and was about $5 for 12 egg ornaments. I just let them pick their decorations (offered two at a time, or asked questions and used yes/no).
**Obviously, they aren't safe toys for playing - just for making and decorating 🙂 **
And if you want to learn (or even brush up on!) how to train your parrot to use yes/no communication, I'm teaching a live workshop on Saturday, April 6 with convenient times for wherever you are on the globe!
👉 Click here for the 3pm EST class - myreadingpets.com/product/yes-no-communication-webinar/
👉 Click here for the 7pm EST class - myreadingpets.com/product/yes-no-communication-webinar-7pm/
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How long are the classes? We will.be out of town, but I am hoping I can join in 💜
This is seriously way too cute. 😍😍
They win the Easter parade
Great !!!! Job girls!!! 🐰🥚
Love these girls and Moonlight and Lilly also.🌻
They look so happy with their creations! 😊❤❤❤
they both did so good and look so proud 💕
Happy Easter 🐣, pretty chickies!
omg the yellow dot! does she understand and remember thats how a flower looks so she wanted to add it?
Here's a shout out to our plucking bird kids! <3 (You're beautiful the way you are, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise!)
Being in the bird world, there are occasional requests* for feather donations. Some are for crafts, others for energy work. Some people collect feathers, etc.
The requests are typically with stipulations: the feathers need to be in 'good condition'. I've even had requests that specifically said, "But not from a bird that plucks." Because, you know, negative energy feathers. :'(
I mean, I get it.
Anyway, if I'm ever saving feathers for someone, Isabelle's aren't usually in any sort of demand. She barbs. She plucks. She's missing a foot from medical issues she had prior to joining our family.
On some level, maybe she's 'defective'.
Recently one of my crafty bird mom friends asked some of us to save feathers. And then she said, "I want feathers from your plucky girls, your broken feathers, your intact feathers. I want authentic feathers from our authentic, perfect, beautiful girls. They are whole and complete exactly as they are."
This sounds a bit strange, but (as you may remember) I experienced quite a bit of trauma--religious and otherwise-- over the course of a couple of decades.
In some ways, I relate to our 'broken' birds. I may lack feathers, but I know what it feels like to feel terrified, and have to do things you don't want to do. I know what it feels like to not have a voice, and to live with hyper-vigilance. I know how it feels to be too broken to leave the house, even to be afraid of people.
Joe is fairly Taoist in his outlook on life. "It is what it is," he has told me almost from our very first conversation, when he in a very real sense plucked me out of trauma and set me on a path of wholeness. I think a lot of that mindset helped shape my healing.
My life's path has sometimes been unspeakably horrific, and other times (especially now) it is filled with beauty, health, and goodness.
It is what it is, and in some ways, that is its own sort of beauty. We are, all of us--and our birds--of course perfectly imperfect on whatever journey this thing called life is.
The first thing I think about you is that you are excellent, beautiful, whole, and valuable.
Yet I never really thought about how much the culture of 'perfect feathers' impacted my thinking process as I collected the little remnants on the floor when sweeping...
Until my friend asked for Isabelle's too.
I always swept hers up and tossed them out, only saving the few 'perfect' ones that chanced to molt.
Some may think she is broken, defective, plucking.
But from the bottom of my heart, I believe our birds--plucking, barbing or no--are perfect. Absolutely perfect. They are whole and valued exactly as they are, with each broken feather.
I always seek to gently address any pain she may be experiencing, but Isabelle is authentically herself, even just now on her life's journey.
I believe this for all of us, and for all of our precious birds <3 And thank you, Rachel Slagh, for the gift of your wisdom. Every time I sweep now, I collect the beautiful, broken feathers of my barbing, plucky girl and treasure them as every other!
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Beautiful words, beautiful story ❤️
Wow. Thank you and Rachel. Lucy and I are in tears. She is perfect
I mail my birds feathers to a Native American gentleman who passes them on to other native Americans who use them to make things they use in ceremonies. They don’t require feathers in perfect condition and they post pics of some of the things made. If anyone would like the contact info, please DM me!
Our pluckers....we don't see them in any way as defective, just needing a bit more love to overcome whatever might be taxing them ❤️ 💕❤️ Providence Meadow
Beautiful post. I'm curious, have you tried communicating with Isabelle about why she plucks? I'm sure there are different reasons for different birds, but probably a common theme running through them. If Isabelle can share her reasons, it may bridge a way to help her overcome it, and many other birds as well. <3
❤️❤️ Rista goes in waves usually with the seasons and any life stress big or little 😂
That is beautiful!
I love this post! Isabelle is perfect ❤️
I see the beauty in all creatures; feathered, furred, scaled, skin... there is an inner soul begging to be understood. My rescued girl is perfect the way she is!
I love my beautiful baby no matter how she appears.
Could you warn a girl about an emotional post?! I am over here crying on my eclectus girl who plucks while she tries to preen my glasses.🥰😍💜💙
Awwww so sweet, I love your insight in our feather babies.
Thanks. This is really validating.😊
I have saved every beautiful white feather from my Peach in the 12 years I have had him. He does not pluck I’m happy to say, but I feel bad for all the parronts who harbor any guilt on plucking because, according to the experts at the Chloe Sanctuary in California, plucking is a developmentally linked behavior much as dyslexia is in human children. While behavior therapies help all captive animals, (toys, foraging, etc) and enrich their environments, a hormonal treatment is effective in curing almost all plucking behaviors. I would recommend contacting the Sanctuary if you have a plucker, support the rescue, and maybe first, ask your vet, although I got the idea the this is not widespread information among vets.
Thank you for this inspiring message
My parrotlet is naked because he is upset that I can’t give him human sacrifices. He craves blood but all I can give him is raspberries
Bless you!! And thank you for sharing! I’m so broken. I totally get it.
Henrietta barbs her primary feathers sometimes. I save them and turn them into sage fans and such. You can also donate them to native american tribes for ceremonial use. Chewed feathers don't hold any less magic/positivity than "perfect" ones, and the person who said they had negative energy attached can shove it. If they see "customized" feathers as negative it's only because they're projecting their own negativity on to them. They dont feel all the love, care, and positive energy that was showered on to those feathers by a loving family. If they truly knew you or your girls they'd bend ass over teakettle to have a chewed feather.
So beautifully said, I also have a plucker who also barbs his feathers,but he is extremely beautiful to all of our family members,no one is perfect but love is 😊😊😊💗💗💗
I am bad at mailing stuff too.
Beautiful and So meaningful. Thank you.
Your post inspired this poem. Hope you like it. Broken Feathers My bird has broken feathers. She barbs, she plucks, she pulls Feathered swords stuck in her downy chest. Do old wounds still haunt you? Memories you can’t forget? Too cold? Too scared? Too anxious? Hormones running wild? Tell me what torments your feathered soul to make you do this to yourself. Each painful part you barb away Every feather that you pull I feel your pain and suffering As if Inflicted on myself. So with love, With hugs, With treats Let’s mend our feathered souls It may take years to heal your brokenness and mine, So, if you feel need to pluck know I’m right here. Steady. Strong. Safe. Refuge from your fears. We’ll collect our damaged feathers , Those broken, barbed and bent And Put them in a jar. on one sunny summer day We will wish upon each feather And blow our brokenness away. My bird and I have broken feathers But not broken souls. Together we mend ourselves Our brokenness made whole. By April Creech the human and Dixie Chick the Goffin’s cockatoo
My lovely boy. He is in so much better shape than when I met him! Gotta see if I can find some pics from a few years ago. I try and make sure theres always something in reach for him to mess with. Paper towels, toilet paper, a bead, a chunk of wood, straws, clean bottle caps... He reminds me a lot of myself actually, has to be kept busy or all that energy sours and gets directed back at myself 🙂
OMG I relate to this at such a deep level. Thanks for sharing! Lots of love for u and your plucking babies ♥️
4 weeks ago
Be still my exploding happy heart! 😍😂
I'm so honored and excited to announce that I'm going to AUSTRALIA as a speaker at the International #Parrots2020 convention!!! 😍
Who are our Aussies?? I'd sooo love to meet you there!
Thank you, Lee Stone and Bree Bisshop and especially Parrot Society of Australia Inc.'s James Goodrich for this incredible invitation!
Joe is about to boycott me for sending him too many baby kangaroo pictures. 🦘 🤣
There aren't enough happy faces in the world to express my excitement!Companion Parrot owners of the World rejoice 🙌!
We are ecstatic to announce another incredible Speaker for #Parrots2020 - Jennifer Cunha 🎉🎉🎉
As part of a survey we released to #PSOA Members in 2018, Jennifer was one of the top voted for to join us as a Speaker for the International Parrots 2020 Convention!
Jennifer is widely recognised for her work in Avian Cognition, and developing a system to begin teaching her Cockatoos phonics and reading skills through a modified approach to systematic phonics instruction.
They now demonstrate mastery of sound-text correspondence (phonics) and semantic processing (vocabulary development), two of the tasks required for literacy.
Jennifer has already collaborated with Universities, and in progress with others, to study these behaviours. This research has now been submitted for peer review and publication!
We are exceptionally excited about the unique behavioural training that Jennifer will highlight during her presentations at Parrots 2020!
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i love your videos
Omgggg I must go!
So excited for you!
Congratulations, happy for you!
if i can make it I'll be so excited to meet you!!!
Hop on the Spirit of Tasmania and come and see our beautiful little island 😍😍😍
Omg you'll be in Brisbane! Massive congratulations! I'm quite keen to attend this conference! 😍
Congratulations! The most amazing memories I have of Australia happen to be of having wild cockatoos land on me! Can’t wait to hear all about your adventure!
I spend so much money on my bird that I can't afford the almost $500 it would be to go all 3 days. Hahaha heck I can't even afford one day but I guess between now and 2020 I could save up
Awesome news cant wait to see you there!
how exciting!! congratulations! <3
Shantelle!! She's coming here!!!
This is so exciting!!! Unfortunately we’re in South Australia so too far away to attend 😕. But we are thrilled that you are visiting our country 🥰🥰🥰
That’s amazing! Congrats ♥️♥️♥️
Come up to the Sunshine Coast hinterland while you're here (about an hour north of Brisbane). I'd be more than happy to take you around the Maleny Botanic Gardens and Birb Worl 😁 (I don't actually work there, I just love going there!)
Woohooo! I’ll be in Perth, where is the convention?
Come to Sydney and visit!! ❤️❤️❤️
YOU'RE COMING TO QUEENSLAND?? Oh my gosh, yes!!! It would be lovely to meet you! 😍
Reuben Dutton lets go lets go
I live about half hour's drive from where you'll be presenting 🙂
Ellie learns about bunnies and turtles, winners and losers (winners get a treat!), and then she reads a story with super big sentences!
This is a consolidation of a 20 minute lesson the other day!
True to her norm, she got 71% accuracy on 14 big sentences! 🙃
Who would've thought the concept of race and competition could be the basis for so much enrichment?
Alas we are humans in the 21st century and children's literature (and YouTube) have no shortage of stories and cartoons about races--racing colors on motorcycles, racing cars, racing children, racing everything. 🏆
I figured I'd write out Aesop's "Tortoise and Hare" story with words they've learned, and let Ellie read a story while I close my eyes and try not to cue her!
Would she be able to understand it? 🤔 And would she even care? 😉
So Ellie learned that winners get treats, losers get NO treats, and she made the funniest faces when looking at the animals on the computer!! 🤣
In the end, she read 14 good-sized sentences with her normal level of accuracy (awesome!), and said she liked the story 🙂
This took place a few days ago and last night the very sweetest thing happened... I asked her what she wanted to do and gave her a few options.
She touched the cards with the words. She wanted another story. But when we started to read it together and she realized it was the SAME story she hopped away.
NEW STORY PLEASE MOM obviously!
Keeping up with her amazing brain is such a privilege, and absolutely keeps me on my toes <3
And I guess I'll be writing some new stories tonight!
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Aaaaaaaa I love to watch her learn
I love watching you guys! I’m not sure how to ask this without sounding ignorant or even possibly rude, but what do you think is happening when she picks the wrong card? When it comes to reading wouldn’t picking from two different sentences including words already learned have a higher rate of accuracy? Kind of a she gets it or she doesn’t kind of thing I guess. I guess 71 is pretty darn good!
Rhonda Lynn Smith follow this page, she teaches her birds to read and count. They're really smart
I can tell Ellie really isn’t too keen about bunnies lol! This seems to be consistent from the posts I’ve seen with her and bunnies 😂
👏Let's congratulate this good girl!!! 👏
I'm pretty proud of this goober tonight! A brand new data set on a brand new research project and she gave 90% accuracy across this first 10 questions! 😍
To be fair, it's really easy.
Also to be fair, she usually hates easy stuff and intentionally bombs out.
(Right afterward, in fact, she told me the book were were reading was boring and walked away.)
I've been a little bit spinning my wheels on which project to tackle next - reading comprehension (super daunting, and we're still going through revisions and peer review on phonics) or yes/no symbol communication (ridiculously easy ...why bother?).
Maybe we should just snuggle and read and play cards forever 😀
The reason to bother with simple yes/ no communication is that I don't know of any avian cognition research on the topic.
There really should be a study done, just so it's done, someone's gotta do it kinda thing.
So I've been debating between the two projects, and since it's our busy season at work, mostly too exhausted to seriously consider the reading comprehension one. In my spare hours, we've been firming up the yes/ no work. 😊
Tonight I decided to just try it with Ellie using matching cards.
I created a deck of yellow and orange cards. The cards were shuffled (I was blind to them). While still blind to the cards, I set 2 in front of her at a time.
Ellie had to touch yes (left hand) if there was a match and no (right hand) if there wasn't.
(Separately, she has been trained on all of this stuff - matching and yes/no hand selection.)
It was pretty cool to feel her touch my hands in response to the card offerings I couldn't see, and over and over and over again she answered correctly whether the was a match or not.
90%. Amazing 😍
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Shes SUCH a smart baby
Congratulations Ellie, you’re such a smart girl!! 🤗🎖
She looks so very wise. 💕
Just proving what we all know...how smart she is!
What a smart girl!
Is that a SMILE? 😃
way to go!!
Such a smart girl!!!!
Congrats, Ellie! Putting on my researcher hat— if Y/N communication is, as you say, (and I believe), simple, straightforward, and important to prove, but also, boring to Your gals’ standards, perhaps this is a good candidate for a cold data set— eg: parrots learning it from zero? I bet a dozen junior scientists would jump at the opportunity to co-run that study (using your lesson plan), and take some of the grunt work off your shoulders.
She's so smart!
Oh hi! I kept grabbing my Mom's highlighter, so she got me one too! 😎
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Ellie the editor??
Highlighting the important thoughts directly. 🤔
Oh Ellie, you’re such a smart girl. 😍
lol of course. Does she try to highlight things with it?
I can’t keep pens away from Puck. If he sees me writing, it is OVER. He will stalk a pen and grab it, even from my hand, before I know it. He then neatly snips away any sort of silicone grip and rapidly clicks the clicky end, all while evading the fun-stopping me. I have to try to keep any pen I like out of his sight.
Green for yes and red for no! 😍
Do you want to teach your bird yes/no basics too? We're having our first online workshop for bird owners!!
Sign up here! (We're limiting the class size, so you may want to RSVP quickly!) myreadingpets.com/product/yes-no-communication-webinar/ <3
Together you'll learn the basic principles of target training, simple steps to teach your parrot to communicate “yes” and “no”, as well as a vocabulary development. The cost is $20.00 US. 👍
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OMG! I would love to join but I have a sewing class. Please keep us apprised of any Sunday classes! Just to be clear: I would have LOVED to have been part of this class. So would my apathetic too, who doesn't realize it yet
Just signed up. Looking forward to it Jennifer Cunha.
I have been waiting for this!! Sadly I will be travelling. Will.it be recorded? Or will there be another one soon?
Intrigued! Other than a bird, do we need to 'bring' anything to the class? (should I find some red and green cards?)
Oh darn! I thought it was this weekend. Now I see it's on the 6th...and I already made plans : ( . Will you be re-offering this in the near future?
Big, bigger, biggest and small, smaller, smallest. Could birds learn to describe relativity?
These are, of course, just ideas--not science, at least not yet. 🙂
In our Tuesday night Inner Flock class last week it was a vocabulary subject. My friend Angie said, "That seems like a really advanced concept! How did Ellie do?"
And the truth was Ellie hadn't done anything cuz I hadn't tried it with my girls yet 😝
I tried with Isabelle twice this week, and she mostly napped and talked to me and wanted to play cards.
Moonlight wanted to read. She was all like "shove it!" to my little pipe cleaners 😄
And Ellie... well, Ellie needed some convincing that this would turn into an interesting lesson. She's in a weird spot where she actually protests the easy material I give her by choosing mostly wrong answers 🙄 And then I have to prove to her it's actually going to be COOL MATERIAL and she should really actually PAY ATTENTION and if I am right, and the work gets harder, she jumps right in and is freaking amazing.
To that end, full disclosure, the first 10 seconds of this video are doctored so that the lesson makes sense, but she actually spent 2 minutes picking wrong answers fairly deliberately, by the looks of the original video 😂
ANYWAY when we finally got past simple reading words to the more challenging concept of relativity she was like OMG THIS IS REALLY COOL and did soooo well. You can see she missed only a couple--one my fault too--and I mostly closed my eyes so that I could try to avoid cuing as much as possible!
The most interesting thing is that she seemed to grasp that "smallest" could be the one previously labeled "big" when compared against the "biggest". She was completely fluent with the concept!
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Liked seeing the whole process of teaching that. Very cool!
So Cool. You guys are amazing.
They are like Mom, Chill...we are on Spring Break. 😂
Lorrin Marie blows my freaking mind
You are doing such amazing work. ( Or play. Or both ! )
I'm glad you were able to recognize how calling one "bigger" next to the one you caled "biggest" and then asking which IS bigger was problematic as fast as you did. You and the birds continue to amaze me. Definitely the best page on Facebook.
Every day I’ll say “I’ll be back” to my parrot Leo. One day he said “you’ll be back.” 👍
Alarm bird is very helpful when notifying of hawks outside but not helpful when it's a box by the front door. 😂
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I forgot I had my headphones up all the way 😭
Haha. We can all sympathize over alarm bird. My alarms all seem to be set to different times. 🙂
My Halo went off with his "alarm" when we were in the kitchen. I couldn't figure out why until I followed his gaze out our window...6 feet away under an orange tree was a hawk eating "lunch". Its crazy how you get to know the meaning of all of their sounds and screeches 💕
"Mom! Mom! Mom!"
But what if there was a hawk INSIDE the box What then
Hawk or crow, or someone at the door.
It’s true.. a cockatoo ‘s squawk is almost loud enough to peel paint off the wall. 😘
My cockatoo is MUCH louder than that!
Said no man ever
Ah, yes! Alarm bird! My beeper, Qurupeco (Peach-Faced Lovebird) beeps loudly like an alarm, and I can always tell what it is. The last time he did it, he was spooked because I had the window open, but the blinds were shut, and some wind moved the blinds! I told him it was okay, nobody was over there, and it was wind and I opened the window. He seemed to understand, but I showed him just in case to get over it, like showing a small child there are no monsters under the bed. Another time, and the most significant to me, was that "daddy bird" (my fiance) was late at work and on his way home, and a crazy dust storm rolled in. Peco saw out the window and seemed extra worried, pacing back and forth, and beeping like something was very wrong! Alarm bird mode! When my fiancé pulled up, Peco lit up! He got inside, and Peco was thrilled, no longer concerned with the bad weather. Everything was going to be okay, and I thought that was so sweet. He also uses alarm bird to tell me he wants his food changed, or he's ready to be tucked in at night. 😂
When I show people pictures of my bird I frequently say, "This is Sesame. She's a sulfur crested cockatoo. Also known as a Single Forever."
Could be a hawk in the box. Be careful!!!!😂🤣😂🤣
My umbrella barks when he sees a hawk and keeps barking until the hawk is out of sight.
Aaaa aaaa aaaa aaaa aaaa
My dad's cockatiel has the dog trained to come running to the window when he sees someone walking up to the door or park on the drive way. It's a specific squawk and he notices someone is there before the dog does.
Yup, my Goffins has just completed his bedtime screams, & is now settled in, grinding his beak contentedly.
Most of us are familiar with Dr. Pepperberg, but you've probably never heard of Nadia Kohts, a Russian biologist who actually risked her life and had to hide in basements as she studied parrot cognition in secret in the early 1900s under the shadow of the Kremlin. :'(
So today I'm going to tell you about this amazing woman and of her brave and legendary contributions to our knowledge of parrot cognition! ✊
~Paraphrasing from Dr. Frans De Waal~
Nadia lived and worked early last century in Russia. Under the sinister influence of Joseph Stalin, many a brilliant Russian bioloist was either shot or sent to the Gulag for thinking wrong thoughts.
Entire research institutes were closed down during this time, for fear of death.
Nadia and her husband hid in the museum basement and hid their research among the taxidermy collection. They put a statute of a popular (and accepted) biologist at the entrance of the museum to stay under the radar and not attract attention. 😮
You know the card games I play with my birds - the Match-To-Sample paradigm we all know for search and rescue dogs and all the other matching training?
She actually invented that process! When you play card games with your birds, you can whisper, "Thank you, Nadia, for your bravery!"
She also worked on object discrimination with her macaws, using cups and giving them treats. She held a food reward in one hand and a pencil int he other, scoring their choices as she tested their cognitive skills.
She also studied tool use and modification in chimpanzees decades before the behaviors were studied by others. She wrote seven books over her lifetime.
In Russia, she is now celebrated as a brilliant scientist but she is not very well known anywhere else in the world.
😍 So here's to Nadia! 😍
Dr. De Waal wrote: "We sometimes forget how much courage it takes to defend one's ideas in the face of staunch opposition, [even death]." <3
She risked her life to study animal cognition, and has become one of my science heroes! ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you Nadia!
Farid PasQualle Emely Richter Tim Doan legend
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Very interesting, thank you for sharing!! And thank you Nadia! ❤️
Casey Dason awesome!!!
Well done Nadia.
those aren't parrots. 🙄
Thank you Pam Skidmore for sharing this lesson in history!!
Beautiful story. Amazing birds were showing their intelligence so long ago.
Sometimes I look at her and wonder, "How ever did I get so lucky?"
Little one, you are loved more than you could ever know. ❤ ... See MoreSee Less
Sweet little darling Isabelle! ❤️❤️❤️🦜😘😘😘 I love her!
I was thinking the same thing while snuggling my Angel-boy tonight ❤️
❤💜💚 I think the same thing about my bird
💗 Like attracts like 💗
She's so lovely ♡
Aaaawwwww. So sweet!
Love our girl to death also, such lucky birds to have people like us!💖💖💖
I feel the same about my baby
Oh God love her ... She's so preciousssss!!! ❤️❤️❤️
Same thoughts I have about my Bilbo (24 yr old Moluccan male). Yesterday for the first time since he came home to us when he was 9 years old, he actively let me pick him up out of his cage and then we had an hour of cuddles. My darling Boy.
And she wonders how SHE got so very lucky.
Omgosh, so precious 💗 My guys have no idea, too. 💞
We are all soooo owned by these guys! Wouldn’t trade it for the world!
Come hang out with Ellie, Moonlight, and I tomorrow! I'm speaking at 1:00pm and will have a table all day too! 😀 ... See MoreSee Less
I am so excited that you are going to be there and we can meet you and your fids!
Wish I had my own private jet, so I could fly from Texas to Florida!! It would be so awesome to meet you and the girls in person!!💕💕
Ahhh I wish ...💝
I wish I lived closer!! California is just too far away:-(
Wish you were in New York. Have a great day.
It was an awesome talk! The love you share with your birds is beautiful!
Pics please! Lemme see your bird's best smiles!
Moonlight smiles this morning like SAY CHEESE! 😍
Mama's had the Busiest Week Ever, and thank all of the stars for Jolie helping us out with playtime and babysitting in a pinch! This drizzly, gorgeous morning we're getting in some fun time, too 😊 ... See MoreSee Less
Charlie, one of my 3 green cheeks. This is as close to a smile as I have ever seen from them lol. They aren't smilers, they're plotters.
Moonlight's face cured all of my mental illnesses right here, on the spot.
Pilar, my red lored Amazon
Soren is all smiles this morning!!!💕
Smiling in the Pak o Bird on the trail yesterday!!!
I only let my parrotlets breed once, but they were such incredibly proud parents. Papa and baby Chirp. Looks like real smiles. 🙂
28 year old calgarian Josh. We have still only learned 2 colors. Sort of. 🙄💕
Happy Penelope and Juniper
Rista’s smiles 🥰
Angel cheesing because he has a smoothie cube 🤣
What are your favorite strategies for overcoming fear responses in your birds?
I've got 2 simple tips... mostly used on Isabelle 🙃
Isabelle arrived in our family having experienced severe medical trauma. At fourteen months old, she was missing a foot, had plucked out a lot of her feathers, and was absolutely terrified of EVERYTHING. Even things she'd seen before. Quick movements sent her launching... smack onto the ground, because her feathers were chewed.
Honestly, working with her on literacy and language probably has done just as much for her phobias as for her communication skills. Because she's constantly learning, new things don't terrify her quite so much, she's quite brave once she has a chance to look at stuff properly! (I'm so proud of her!)
Fear responses in parrots often look like a movement away from an object - attempting to fly away, a foot movement away, flapping, bobbping to and fro looking for an escape.
Fear responses are absolute trust busters--they'll damage a relationship faster than you can imagine, so I avoid them at literally every cost. Life has it's scary moments, but I do everything I can to minimize them... (and if one happens, and they do, I praise my girls and give them treats for being ever so brave!)
Anyway, here are a few of the simple tricks I use to help her sweet heart handle life!
1. The "Is It Safe?" Game
If there's something new in a room, or a reason they are afraid to move into a room, we hide behind a wall/door and peek around the corner. With the safety of the wall to hide, I ask, "Is it safe???" as we peek and peek. Isabelle is in charge of letting me know if it's safe, and we often talk and point to the new thing, while hiding behind the wall/door until she's visibly relaxed and there aren't anymore fear responses! 😉
Obviously, she's a very good and dutiful mommy protector.
2. New People Harassment
When anyone comes to my house, they get assigned a seat on the sofa nearest the front door. My girls FREAKING LOVE VISITORS and vie (*cough*fight*cough*) over who gets to torment the humans that come over - but I always start out by depositing my girls on the OTHER SOFA on the OTHER WALL -- about ten feet away, connected in an L -- and then they hop and run over to the new person on their own initiative, and as they feel safe and comfy.
New friends are armed with treats so my girls absolutely love company - and can always approach on their own terms, in their own time.
Should you survive the greeting, Ellie, as an initiation rite, will require that you dance for all of us. Fair warning. ... See MoreSee Less
Recently my GCC decided that something was terrifying in the kitchen. I have a perch in the window he sits there while I was dishes but all of a sudden something worse than death was there and I couldn't figure it out. Finally I figured it out and and removed it and lay it on the counter under a towel and slowly started uncovering it and and getting him used to it. I'll post in a second that big scary terrifying predator and if you look at it from his perspective I can now see why he was scared.
Brianna North I love this
Note the feather pattern and the big brown head of this predator
Holy cow, those are super scary!! lol
John Schmid we need to do this for coco and vacuum cleaners
Anything can be scary. I remember one day going into the bird room and offering my hand to Pilar ( red lores Amazon) and she bit me. It was quite unusual as she loves me. The next morning I tried again... same result. Then it hit me.... I had gotten a manicure and for the first time tried turquoise nail polish. I took it off and all was well. Red, orange, brown, beige all ok. Just no blue!
And the blue beak!
I have to tap new scary things with my beak/my nose so teddy sees it’s ok lol
My Red Lory was terrified of anything that had stripes - shirts, socks, anything
Post the last pic of your bird on your phone--no cheating!
Ellie was caught dipping a pellet in my kombucha 🙄 ... See MoreSee Less
Jewels watching snow melt and fall off the porch .. Not exactly thrilled.
Ellie Mae was recently adopted,never handled.she came out of her house all by herself last week.
I think this is from last night. Lucy is a champion snuggler.
My bird 🙂
Our little Bowie
This is Murphy the Magnificent and she us super sleepy
Rick giving me a look ...I interrupted eating..
Prince is hormonal, has to bite everything
Um 😂. Ok in my defense I sent this to my boyfriend when he said my parrot needed a job.
And Murphy being silly ,eating...
My grandpa had a budgie who would sit on his cup every morning and drink his coffee. Lol
What is kombucha? This is my husband helping with Squeaky's pin feathers.
Zeus and Perseus 😍
1 month ago
~Community and socialization~
Fun with cousins. Isabelle says Braden is her BFF forever. He did some great trust building exercises with her last night and it paid off this morning!
Of course, the moment they walked in the house it was Ellie's Best Day Ever! She made everyone dance, her typical initiation ritual. 😊
Moonlight is boycotting everyone and Lily's, well... Lily's taking another bath. 🤣 ... See MoreSee Less
They look like they could be your children.
Omg Ellie is so ridiculous. I love her.
What trust building exercises did he do?
Oh wow, the little girl is beautiful and looks just like auntie!
I was this age when I fell in love with birds 💕💕💕
Isabelle: “this is my nest now.”
The kiddos look just like you!
Adorable kids!! Ellie, the socialite! ♥️♥️
This is adorable ♡
The bestest babysitters on earth! May you know them, may you use them, may you love them! And may they love your birdies too!
(Jolie Michal we love you so!)
<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
It's our high season at the law firm and this week was a big convention. We brought in team members from all over to attend, and in prior years, I'd be dying of stress trying to figure out how to be A+ bird mom and also Do All The Work Things And The Convention.
And often (especially since neighbor Parker moved away to college) I'd just plain feel like a failure, or be utterly exhausted trying to meet everyone's needs.
But now... babysitters, or more specifically, Jolie! <3
I often mention how very important I think community--if it's available--is for parrot moms and dads. I want my girls to know, no matter what happens to me, there are good people in the world. I want them to be flexible and able to adapt to the care of others. I want them to know, as I do now, that life gives us good experiences even though sometimes there are bumps.
People are kind. People are loving. There will be someone, always, to take good care of them.
They may not be able to plan or think about the future too much--who knows?--but if something ever happened to me, I don't want change of care to be devastating. I want them to know others can love and care for them too.
But I need community as much as they do. My anxious bird mom heart worries for their little hearts, not just their tummies.
Did they feel nurtured and loved while I was gone? Were they enriched with toys? Did Isabelle's eyes shine with the princess pride and happiness she seems to emanate when when she's kissed and snuggled? Did Moonlight get to play and play, destroying her favorite toys and maybe reading a bit too? Was Ellie her happy naughty imp self? Did dinosaur Lily try to maul a toe or a finger?
Babysitter love (and training) isn't an instant thing, it's a friendship and learning that grows over time, too <3
When I peeked in on my girls from time to time this week between meetings they were smiley and calm. And there are toys EVERYWHERE. Literally Jolie spoils them more than I do, and her boyfriend Brandon is a regular favorite around our house too! 😂
They aren't just fed, they are loved--so, so loved--and Jolie, I can't ever tell you how thankful I am that you're in our lives!!! ... See MoreSee Less
Issa looks pleased. Good.
This is exactly why I doggie sit. I love being able to fully care for other people's little furry one's so that they don't have to worry at all. They can go away and fully enjoy their hard earned holiday while I snuggle and play with their little ones. I love it and I'm so happy to hear you found the same for your little feathery ones. Adorable! 😍😍
It’s such a pleasure to get to spend time with the lovely ladies! I look forward to each and every time I’m able to join Jolie in spending time with them. ❤️
I’m lucky too to have a house sitter that loves my birds and dogs, who love her back!
It is such an honor to get to spend time with them!!! I love your girls SO much, i talk about them all the time to basically anyone who will listen. It’s always such a relief to hear that everyone is happy and had a good experience upon your return!!! Getting to care for them is an incredibly rewarding experience ❤️
This is awesome! My son is a pet sitter and loves it. He has a couple of clients with parrots. Luckily he knows about parrots from me! A good pet sitter is worth their weight in gold!
It takes a village to raise a .... parrot 😉
What's your favorite number, and how old were you when you decided? 😀
Ellie tells us her favorite number! And, while I haven't ever asked her before this lesson, I think it's been her favorite number since she was a baby. (Baby Ellie story below.) <3
This is kind of an interesting video because it shows two things - first, Ellie typically likes "harder" words/harder problems. So given a small word and a big word, she'll invariably pick the big word as her fav. She did this too - she chose the greater quantity. But when she counted the numbers, she always picked 2 as her favorite.
Note 1: My girls are allowed to touch the front of the cards when looking, but their selection is always the top of the card, both informally and in research. 😀
Note 2: Ellie did an "Ellie" by choosing no, then yes - she does that when she's like, "Um, dumb questions mom, I'm not paying attention... OOPS I MEANT YES. YES YES YES!" 😂 Often I'll go back and reconfirm, but every time she picks one and then the other really fast, she's always reconfirmed the second choice.
Just so you know, my favorite numbers are 3, 7, 21, and 42. I've always loved multiplying 3x7 (21) and 6x7 (42), and these have been my favorite numbers since third grade.
When Ellie was a baby, I taught her colors because everyone said "Cockatoos are like toddlers," and of course, we teach toddlers their colors.
She learned all six colors in just a couple of days, and then I was stumped. What to do next? 👩🏫
So I began conditioning stones with digits - one stone with the number 1, etc. She was always particularly excited--tail wagging and the like--when 2 popped up. One afternoon I laid out three stones on the sofa and offered 2 and 3. She kicked off a stone and picked 2. 😂
Then she did it a few more times. 🤪
Apparently she already understood the concept of subtraction, and was determined to make the right answers 2 thx! 🙃
We've been doing some math lately, and I thought I'd ask her what her favorite numbers are... both in numeral and in quantity. It's been a lot of years since we counted stones, and I haven't asked her since.
Well, I'll let her tell you her thoughts about the very best number of all 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less