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MollieDaisy.JPG (76784 bytes)Mollie was our first bird.  She is a Lutino Cockatiel, mostly yellow but for two red spots over her ears.  She is very beautiful, and the smallest of our six parrots.  These birds are originally from Australia (all our parrots were born and raised in the USA.)  The Lutino does not exist in the wild, the normal cockatiel is gray with white, yellow and the red cheek marks.  Daisy is a Normal Gray Cockatiel, and she is next to Mollie outside their cage.  Female cockatiels do not talk much, nor do they whistle tunes like the males do.  We loved these two so much we went on to get more, in the order shown below.

julie.JPG (48263 bytes)Julie was our third bird, she is found in Africa as her name suggests: she is a Senegal Parrot.  Actually we are not sure of her "sex."  We really suspect her behavior is that of a male, but since we started to call her Julie, Julie it will be...  It is hard to tell the sexes apart in Senegal Parrots.  But this one has a large head, and will fight any other animal regardless of size.  Julie thinks she is the boss and owns every toy around.  She scares all the other parrots, and she is not scared of people, cats, etc.  This means Julie is most likely a male bird.

Koko.JPG (63934 bytes)Originally, we named him Dakota.  He started to call himself Dakoko, hence we decided to call him Koko.  Koko is a Blue-Front Amazon.  He is the most colorful of our birds.  In reality we are not sure if Koko is a male or a female.  We have not tested him to find his sex.  Dakota in Native American means "friend" and he is true to his name a great friend.  The feather at the bottom of all these pages is from Koko's tail.  It has blue, green, turquoise, red, and yellow.  He also has (on his wings) navy blue and black.  A very friendly and beautiful parrot.  He talks well, announces dinner, and asks for a treat when he wants one!  As his name indicates he is from the Amazon region in South America.  P.S. We have since found (from a genetic test on a blood sample) that Koko is a male.

Tata.JPG (169365 bytes)Tata is a majestic Umbrella Cockatoo.  His origin is Indonesia.  He is the most intelligent of our birds, and he can take apart and assemble children's toys (age 3 to 4 years.)  He knows hundreds of words, and will use them as he sees fit.  He can be very loud when he is unhappy or if he wants something.  When we first got him, we spent many weeks trying to name him, but none of our ideas for a name sounded good.  One day he said to me "Hi Tata!"  That was it!  Tata named himself.  Most importantly, he knows how to say his name well, and he knows when we address him.  He is definitely a male bird and he loves to display his feathers.  When we got him as a baby, I fed him with a spoon for nearly a year, hence he thinks I am his most significant parent.

Ernie.JPG (68301 bytes)We got Ernie from his previous owner because he started biting her.  He has never bitten me yet, and I love him very much.  He is an African Gray, from the Congo, central Africa.  Ernie was born in Virginia, this we can tell by the band around his foot.  Ernie is a feather picker, just like he was when we got him.  After one year, he stopped feather picking, and he had a perfect cover of feathers.  However, when the days started to get longer, he started to pick his feathers again.  We think it is a hormone related matter since our Avian Vet told us Ernie is in very good health.  He is now 10 years old (2003.)  Ernie can imitate any sound he hears.  This includes but not limited to: sirens, microwave oven, phone ringing, truck backing up, and many other intriguing sounds.

E_eat.JPG (55813 bytes)In October 2004 while giving Ernie a shower I noticed he would raise his left wing to catch water, but not his right wing.  Upon looking closer, I could see a large blood scab under his right wing.  He had a bad infection.  We took him to see Dr. Scott Stahl in Vienna, VA.  Dr. Stahl and his staff actually saved Ernie's life.  For more details go to Ernie's Collar.

Update.  On Wednesday, May 2, 2007 Daisy was egg-bound.  This is something that happens frequently with Cockatiels.  I was riding my bicycle and when I came home Felicia had taken her to the vet.  The vet attempted to remove the bound egg, but could only remove some of it.  Three hours later, early in the evening we were told Daisy passed away.  We loved Daisy so much we were very sad and in pain for her loss.  I could not bury her for many days.  Finally I got the courage to dig a grave and bury Daisy.  Felicia wrote a note on her grave, and we put her under the pine tree where the ducks stay most of the day keeping her company.  Also a decoy is looking over her.  We really miss Daisy, and think of her very often.


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Please feel free to send me, Fawzi Emad, any corrections, observations, comments or questions.  Thank you!  (The tail feather on the left is from Koko, our Blue-Front Amazon Parrot.)