Sophie, a female Solomon Islands Eclectus parrot, Eclectus roratus solomonensis,
who looks just like my own Elektra.
Image: Courtesy of Denise and Dave Bell/Eclectus House.
As I had mentioned earlier, I am playing host to a surprise house guest, so my birds are behaving in new and different ways than usual. The usually stoic Elektra, my Solomon Islands Eclectus parrot, Eclectus roratus solomonensis, has been especially mischievous.
Yesterday morning, all the birds were out and the hawk-headed parrot (still unnamed, but typically referred to as “Pipsqueek”), was flying back and forth between her cage (in the living room) and the top of my head (in the bedroom) while I was writing on my laptop.
“Come here,” said a soft voice. “Come here.”
It was Elektra. She was feeling neglected.
I went over to her cage, which is located just outside my bedroom door, stuck out my hand and she stepped aboard carefully. Elektra is nearly always a very polite parrot, and in fact, she enjoys watching BBC’s Planet Earth and Life of Birds series with me, so I felt safe allowing her to sit on my lap while I continued to write on my laptop computer.
Elektra watched the screen for a minute or two while I typed, then without warning, she flew off my lap and landed on the keyboard. I was so surprised that I froze for a few moments before I tried to get her off my computer. I stuck my hand in front of her, but she refused to budge. I pushed my hand against her breast, but she ignored me, so I picked her up.
She grabbed tightly onto my computer keys with her claws and suddenly, three key caps falling onto the floor. I was horrified: besides being essential to my continued survival, my laptop is the nicest object that I own and now, Elektra had damaged it!
I dumped Elektra unceremoniously onto the top of her cage while taking a few moments to think the absolute worst about her and then I contemplated cooking her as the main course in one of several Thai recipees that I want to try.
Somehow, I managed not to scream, and miraculously, I managed not to utter even a single swear word, although I thought about doing both for most of the day. I glued the key caps back onto the silicon posts with superglue, but they do not work very well, and in fact, one key is altogether unusable, so it looks like I have to purchase a new keyboard for my laptop.