Monday, January 4, 2010

Problem Child

Reba is a blue and gold macaw. She is about 6 years old now. I bought her when she was 3 years old from a couple in Illinois who had raised her from a baby chick. Thier jobs had changed causing them to be away from home more. So they wanted to find her a home where she wasn't moved back and forth so much. That's where I came into her life. She wasn't to happy about it at first and it took her a while to accept her new companions. My girlfriend had two parrots of her own, an african grey and an amazon. The macaws have a powerful bite and can inflict a lot of damage when they feel threatened. I can attest to this from experience. We are good friends now however.

Reba is rather talkative and acts much like a small child at times. She will scold the other birds when they are makeing to much noice by saying "quiet, knock it off, bad bad". She greets us every morning by saying "good morning" and "hello" and " goodbye" when we come and go. Her favorite thing to do is mess with Greta, our boxer. She will say "hey greta". She usually does this when someone comes to the door or passes by outside. Greta usually becomes guard dog greta and growls and runs from the front to the back of the house. Reba has realized she can do this any time she wants whether someone is coming or not. So she messes with Greta to get her riled up. On the other hand she is very defensive of Greta and will start screaming if she thinks we are doing anything to harm Greta, such as give her medicine or check her ears. She has a good vocabulary and a lot of times will say something in context to what is happening. She almost seems like a human at times.

Parrots have a long lifespan when kept in captivity. Some live to be 50 to 60 years thus they outlive thier owners quite often. She has been a joy. However she reminds me that she is a wild animal ever so often by letting out a blood curdleing scream. X.

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