Nani and Piper: The Dynamic Duo

Over the Summer months the birdbrains have been progressively getting along more and more. They are at the point now where they spend all day together in or on the play cage and preen each other without too much complaining. Both now initiate play (verses before when Piper always went after Nani only to be promptly reprimanded), and they share nicely at the same food/water bowls. What a difference from those first few trying weeks!

Below is a quick video of their typical antics (it gets interesting after the first 20 seconds):

Possible Proof - Why some Black-Headed Caiques have black skin around the eyes

I made a post a few months ago on a parrot-related message board and I thought I would share it here...

05-25-2011 I've often wondered why some BH Caiques appear to have dark black skin around the eyes while others have light grey skin. Usually the wild BH's have dark black skin verses most of the pets I come across have light grey. But I may have a possible answer...take a look at these two photos of Nani...

This one was taken about 6-8 weeks ago when I took her outside for the first time this year:

Possible Proof - Why some BH's have black skin/others have grey-abcspring-photos-025.jpg

And this one was taken only a few days ago:

Why the change? Well I can't say for sure, but I'm thinking it has something to do with sunlight. She has been getting about 2+ hours a day of direct sunlight either with me outside or in the south-facing window I leave open for them in the afternoons. I think it is similar to how we get tan in the sun. Could I be right?


Yes it has finally happened! I can safely say Nani and Piper are true friends. They spend every day (from dawn till dusk) together. If I try to separate them they frantically call to each other from room to room. Granted I think Piper is more attached to Nani than Nani is to Piper, but they have even started preening one another. I am so grateful that my two sweet babies get along.

One other fun bit of news is that they were featured in this months issue of Bird Talk magazine. I sent in the one of them in their little harnesses from this Spring and they printed it!

The Hardest Bite To Date!

Nani has bit me in the past for various reasons and even drawn blood once or twice but today's bite takes the cake! The only consolation is that the bite wasn't meant for me.

You see, she hates the cat. When I say hate I mean it's all out WAR. The cat is deathly afraid of Nani (and Piper but he seems to know that Nani is the one that means business). Well tonight when I got home I let the birds out and was playing with them on the living room floor. The cat wanted my attention too but didn't dare get too close. Since Nani was preoccupied with a toy I called the cat over for a scratch (my bad). As I was petting the cat Nani ran over and attacked him. Unfortunately for me what she latched onto was my hand! As soon as I lifted my hand it Was like she realised it was me and let go. But her lower mandible dug in so far it will not stop bleeding! It hurts SO BAD. I wasn't upset with her because I know she didn't mean to get me but wow! In a weird way I see her former bites as not so bad knowing now that she could have done far more damage if she really wanted to.

Then and Now

Nani Then: Fall of 2008...

Nani Now: Spring of 2011...

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Nani's Vocabulary To Date:

Pretty Birdie
Pretty Girl
What Are You Doing?
(variation) Whatcha Doin'?
I Love You
Thank You
Look At You!
Come Here!
Go Poo Poo
Uh Oh
I Don't Want You.