The little hawk-headed parrot is settling in fairly well. (S)he is rather cautious about me, reminding me, by flying away whenever the opportunity presents itself, that I am not the human that (s)he is familiar with. This will pass soon enough, though.
This bird is is good flesh, but is not yet eating on her (his?) own even though I give her(him?) a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as a seed mix, so I am handfeeding her twice per day; once in the morning and then again in the evening. The food is a powder that I mix with water (five parts water to one part food) and is fed at temperatures between 105 and 107 degrees Fahrenheit. The breeder handfed this bird using a syringe, but I am handfeeding with a spoon instead, so that is another thing for this bird to familiarize him(her)self with. Unfortunately, the bird and I make quite a mess when handfeeding, so I have to clean up the bird and kitchen immediately afterwards. Fortunately, because the breeder sent some handfeeding formula along with the bird, at least the food is familiar!
I am going to get this bird DNA-sexed so I know the gender, and can choose a gender-appropriate name. If the bird is female, I am probably going to name her Persephone (per SEF o NEE), but I am still working on a name for him if he turns out to be a male .. perhaps Ariel, but I am still thinking about this. (As you can tell, I like names from Greek and Roman mythology, although I also like some of Shakespeare’s character names, too).
My other parrots are very interested in the new arrival: Elektra, my three-and-a-half-year-old female Solomon Islands Eclectus parrot, is both interested and somewhat jealous of the new arrival. Last night, we (the three of us) sat together and watched a DVD. Well, to be precise, I watched the DVD while Elektra sat on my shoulder and watched the red-fan parrot in my lap while the red-fan parrot nibbled on my fingers and chewed on the towel I had wrapped her in.
The lories spent this morning imitating the new parrot’s contented trills after I had handfed her breakfast. Yellow-bibbed lories are fast learners when it comes to imitating new sounds. I sometimes joke that they collect new sounds like some people collect stamps.
I am also working on locating a digital camera so I can take some pictures of this bird to share with you. Here’s a recent picture for those of you who missed it the first time.