Saturday, August 08, 2009

Frederick Kicks Back

This sweet bird is endlessly fascinating to all of us. Unlike a dog or a cat, his take on things is constantly changing and evolving. New words, new behaviors, new experiments: he's always surprising us.


Last week I thought I would try to train him to lay down in my hand. Believe me when I say that having an African gray nestle on his back in your palm is a *good* feeling! It only took three or four sessions before he was consistently obeying my command. "Grab on." (He's hanging from my finger by one claw). "Lie down." (He's kicking back in my other hand). "Have a nut." (Self-explanatory).


Have you seen anything sillier?

20 comments:

Carlie said...

That is hilarious!

Anonymous said...

He looks like the sweetest thing ever! My brother and his wife are bird owners (among others, an African Gray named Maggie) and I was surprised to find what distinct personalities each of the birds have. It's easy to see how a person could fall in love with a bird...I'm happy he was blessed to find such a caring home.:)

Michele said...

What a talented bird! And so funnyl!

Allison Fouse said...

adorable!

Lucille said...

How beautifully you co-ordinate too!

Lisateresa said...

My friend does that with her bird, Toby. Obviously, he's happy and he trusts you!

Linda said...

That Frederick is a hoot!

Laura said...

African Greys are so creative. Ours hangs upside down from the grates at the top of his cage, and sometimes takes to "plucking" the metal bars like guitar strings. I should get a picture one day...

YayaOrchid said...

He is adorable!

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I just loved this, I had no idea birds were so trainable. :)

Rebecca said...

Reminds me of Tasha Tudor, who trained her parrot to lie down just like so on a platter, playing dead and played such trickery on unsuspecting guests.

She was a fiesty woman at that, but to hear her giggle as she explained the story, I couldn't help but giggle myself. I can imagine I would have made quite a scene had I been the guest!

Mrs. Jorgenson said...

Would a barking cat be sillier? Because I happen to have one of those!

Of course, you can't blame the poor dear: his mother died when he was little and he's had no one else to follow since!

cricket-tryingtobecheap said...

LOVE it i still have to train my quaker bird not to bite yet. parrots are so much fun

Charity Grace said...

What a funny bird! It's amazing how animals can have so much personality.

sweet simplicity said...

That is sooo funny!! I love it!! :)

Sage said...

What a silly bird, and I love how he came to you :)

susan_ss@hotmail said...

I think you should start a youtube channel for him! :D it would be so watchable ... video the process of training him and his life stuf :D

susan_ss said...

I think you should start a youtube channel for him! :D it would be so watchable ... video the process of training him and his life stuf :D

eg look at Alex another Grey Parrot
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6KvPN_Wt8I

Anonymous said...

I am so fond of birds! Owning a bird, especially a parrot, wouldn't work out in our little home, so I content myself with the feeder outside my dining room window. I'm hoping next year to raise quail. Perhaps someday I'll enjoy my own bird. I grew up with birds and I miss their company.

Brenda said...

I really enjoy your blog. What a wonderful home you're making for your family. I look forward to each new post.

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