---Alice Abrams

Monday, August 04, 2008

Magic Monday - Big

That sure opens up a can of worms! There are so many ways to use the word "big" that I was stumped! Then, while looking through my photos, it came to me. My Nanday Conure, Spanky, has one ginormous beak that he has used to puncture numerous parts of my body. He really is a sweet bird and it's not the same thing as a dog biting out of meanness.

Basically, he nips me when he wants me to do something or if he thinks he senses danger. Little bugger. He will not let my hubman anywhere near him without pitching a horrific fit. We now understand that birds bond with one person - and it sure wasn't hubman he bonded with!

Birds are extremely intelligent. I got Spanky when he was two years old (hence the name, wasn't my choice) and the lady in the family was the one he didn't "bond" with and the husband had been told, "It's me or the bird, buddy!"

We also have a cockatiel, Spike, and the two are not compatible. I guess it's where the phrase, "birds of a feather flock together!" He does love to give and get kisses. Their beaks are very sensitive. Sometimes when he sitting with me he'll curl up next to my neck and sleep. Then he will place his beak right smack on my lips and make a kissing sound. Like I said, he's a sweetie.
When he's not putting his beak through my lip!

Yeah, I know - only an idiot would put up with such behavior from a "pet," and I guess you'd be right. I'm easy....

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Anonymous said...

Awwwww...what a sweetie. My kids would LOVE this BIG guy. :)

Ivanhoe said...

He's beautiful! And my favorite color, too :o) I think we all spoil our pets a bit... Have a great Monday!

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

i am afraid of birds but he sure is a cutie pie!!!

smiles, bee

Mo and The Purries said...

Good to see Spanky again!
Tomorrow is NOMS day in the Cat Blogosphere (Not Of My Species friend day) and we're gonna feature Spanky again at Purrchance To Dream!

Anonymous said...

What a pretty bird. He looks like a sweetie!

Linda said...

Yep, that is one big beak on that bird! I think I would just keep a safe distance!

Gayle said...

What a big, beautiful boy! I used to have about 40 birds (finches, cockateils, parakeets, love birds...). Then I found out my son is allergic to them and I had been making him miserable for years! Now I stick to chickens outside. Sure wish I had your BIG fella! :)

Mo and The Purries said...

Spanky is featured today as our NOMS at Purrchance To Dream!

Sandee said...

How cute Gracie. I didn't know about the beak stuff though. I also didn't know they bond with only one person. What a great topic for BIG. Have a great day Gracie. Big hug and lotsa lovies. :)

Sandee said...

Congratulations on the shout-out over at Purrchance To Dream. Awesome. :)

Desert Songbird said...

You'll do anything for kisses, won't you Gracie? *wink*