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Isabella Gets a Parcel and Discusses What Makes a Good Toy

February 27th, 2011


The postman arrived this week with a box, that always means something exciting for me, at last my pleas have been listened to. I have been making it known for quite a while that I am bored with the current selection in my palace. I get very annoyed if I don’t at least get to look through the catalogue and pick what I want, window shopping is half the fun and they are for me after all, but my owner is convinced she knows what’s best.

She seems to think toys that last are good, what’s the fun of that? If they last for ages then I don’t get new ones as often, and besides the ones that last for ages are the ones that I don’t like as much. You can guarantee that a favoured toy in my palace will last half a day, tops. If its still there, and unmarked, by the end of the week then its best to try something different next time. Some of the things that arrive are just plain weird though, they have faces on them or are in the shape of other animals. I’m very wary of those, well would you want to share your home with a massive animal face? That’s why I’m so fussy about what I will allow and what I won’t.

I like things that can be shredded and destroyed, even better are things that can have treats hidden inside, the more walnuts the better. There is a direct relationship between the number of walnuts in my cage and the amount of noise I’m making. Too few walnuts and you’d better make plans to go out, preferably to the shops for more walnuts. Toys that I can bash off the sides of my palace are good too, it all adds to my vocabulary of dissatisfaction about the lack of walnuts.

When the box arrives it’s my right to be the first to go through it and size up all the new goodies. There are even sometimes some interesting treats in there but usually the only food that gets delivered are those pellets. I know I have to eat them because they’re good for me but they aren’t very interesting. If it was me I’d ditch the pellets and spend more on toys with hidden treats inside, ideally hidden walnuts.

My home is my palace and I don’t like things to be put straight in there before I’ve had a chance to suss them out. Sometimes things look fine at first but I discover it makes a strange and disturbing noise or it has a funny texture and once it’s in there I’m stuck with it. I don’t like it to be too crowded and I only like my favourite toys put in there with me. I really don’t ask for much, I don’t see the problem!.

It’s true to say that my old toys have become a little pecked and worn and it was time for a change so I did my best to keep an open mind as we went through the box. I love helping to open it when it arrives. There was the bag of boring pellets and a bag of colourful pellets, not seen those before and not sure about them but I did promise to keep an open mind. They were put away for later. There were a couple of things in the box that caught my eye and I thought they might be quite fun. They seemed quite shreddable, they were really colourful and not in any weird animal shapes, one even looked like it had space for treats inside. I made it clear that I was interested in those, but when I got my beak to them they were taken away. However there was one that I found deeply disturbing, it had eyes and legs. Don’t know what it was supposed to be but there was no way that was coming into the palace.

Eventually we reached a compromise, I think it was very generous of me seeing as I didn’t get any say in what was ordered. The offensive toy was put on the play stand where I shall ignore it until it’s replaced with something else. The rest of the selection was spread out on the table for me to look at over the next few days. I won’t be rushed on this or I could end up sharing the palace with something unsuitable. I will give it some careful thought and then let her know what I want.

Hang on a minute, I see one being filled with treats. Better go and investigate, I’m sure she won’t get the wrong idea if I ask for that one to be put straight in……

African Grey With A Eating Disorder Reunited With His Young Owner!

February 17th, 2011

A PARROT with an eating disorder has spoken its first words since being reunited with its nine-year-old owner.

Toby, a five-year-old African grey parrot, has been heard singing the EastEnders theme tune and shouting “Toby needs a tickle” after returning home to Lewis Mitchell, of Killinghall Street, Darlington.

The parrot, which could only eat upside down because of a split lower beak, escaped from the house two weeks ago, sparking a frantic search by Lewis and his family.

As hopes faded, Lewis’ mother, Jane Mitchell, 45, told Lewis his beloved pet had returned to Africa to see its friends. “I said that because I never thought we would see him again, ” she said last night.

But unbeknown to the family, Toby had been found a few streets away by a man who took him to Stanhope Park Veterinary Centre, in Darlington. They looked after him, and patched up his beak, which he broke while playing.

After proving Toby was theirs, he was allowed to return to the Mitchell’s home.

Lewis, a pupil at Gurney Pease Primary School, said: “When I got him back, I stayed up with him all night.

I thought he was lost forever.” Toby’s repertoire also includes the family’s names, the Laurel and Hardy theme tune, and a daily 6am wake-up call.

Mrs Mitchell said: “He hadn’t been speaking at the vets, but he’s been speaking a lot since coming home.

He must be happy.”

The family thanked the RSPCA, the vet and the man who found Toby

Police Hunt Percy And Pip African Grey Parrots

January 20th, 2011

Have you seen Percy – the bald-chested, angry parrot who talks a lot?

The African Grey Parrot was stolen with his pal Pip – who’s a little friendlier – from their home in Murston, Sittingbourne, on December 22.

They were taken between 9:30pm and 9:55pm from an aviary in the back garden of a house in Woodbury Drive, after offenders got through fencing.

Percy, who is partly bald after plucking his chest feathers out, is said to be vicious and liable to attack. Pip is nicer, and both are able to speak.

The thieves also took a parrot carrier, which is black metal and has a perch through the middle.

Anyone with information on the theft or the whereabouts of the birds is asked to contact police in Sittingbourne on 01795 419182 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting crime report number CY/20213/10.

African Grey Parrot Still On Loose Around Borough

January 13th, 2011

The owner of a parrot missing for more than three months says he has received multiple reports of sightings of his feathered friend.

Mark Walters, from Makepiece Road in Priestwood, has been hunting for his beloved African grey parrot Tootsie since she flew away in October.

Have you seen missing parrot?

Mark said he is sure Tootsie is still in the area and has been dashing to places where she has been spotted, however he has not managed to catch her.

He said: “I’ve had so many calls about her. She was spotted in Great Hollands, she’s been spotted near here and even near Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot.

“So she’s definitely about, but it’s a question of catching her.”

He added Tootsie has a distinctive call and can even whistle the theme tune to Clint Eastwood’s classic ‘The Good, The Bad and the Ugly’.

Anyone who thinks they have seen her can call Mark on 07957 612173.

Pigeon The Grey Recites Manchester United Line Up!

November 19th, 2010

A SOCCER-loving parrot has amazed her owner by reciting the Manchester United line-up — from watching the telly.
The pet — called Pigeon — began by squawking “Rooney!” at the sight of her favourite.

Now whenever she sees the striker’s fellow Premier League high-fliers she also shrieks THEIR names — including: “Carrick!” “Evra!” and “Scholesy!”

Proud Lizzie Greatorex, 49, revealed the African Grey seems to know the team’s formation — lumping Vidic and Ferdinand together as defenders.

Original story sourced from The Sun http://www.thesun.co.uk
The bird also shows her respect for veterans such as Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville — by saying their names in FULL.

And whenever she spots Red Devils boss Fergie she screeches: “Sir Alex!”

United fan Lizzie admitted the four-year-old bird does have problems with some of the players — such as Van der Sar and South Korean Ji-sung Park.

But the mum, whose family hails from Derby, said at her home in Cape Town, South Africa: “Pigeon loves United.”

The bird often joins in with fans — swearing “f*** off” at officials and shouting: “Do you want some?”

And she HATES Liverpool.

A fan of the team that famously never squawks alone tried to teach her to say “Gerrard”. Pigeon replied: “B******s!”

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