Back from the Avian Vet

We’re back from the vet.

Here’s a photo of me on the scale after I was toweled (for getting my blood drawn, my heart listen to, my throat looked down, my vent examined and just generally *violated*!!). Not only did I not like being manhandled, but look at how messy my feathers got!!

Vet trip

But the vet said that I was very well-behaved and that I’m well socialized because I barely squirmed and didn’t yell or bite or anything.

Bloodwork results will be in next week, but the vet says the results of the physical all indicate that I’m healthy. The only thing my human was a little concerned about was the weight I’ve gained. I weighed in at 218 grams, which is perfectly normal for a white-capped pionus except that this is 10g more than last year (which in turn was more than I weighed the year before). The vet, however, said that my diet seems fine and he wasn’t that concerned. I’m just not supposed to gain much more weight.

Given that my diet is fine (so says the vet), I either need to eat less or exercise more, I suppose.


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The Mirror

Why the mirror? Mum says it is best that I learn away from my house.
*AWAY from my house!? AWAY!??? Where am I going!? The bathroom!? Where is the shower? The BIG mirror!? Why are we in a water closet!???*
Tsk…silly bird. You REFUSE to learn away from your condo. Thus….the water closet.
*Whhyyyyy… it’s so small and blue.. and well..their is a toilet by me!*
Yep. Let’s learn! Baby Bird! (x’s 5), WHoooo’s that in the mirror!?(x’5) Is that the Baby Bird!?(x’s 5)
*YAWN…yes yes yes….”Baby Bird.”


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Who is that!? Is that the Baby Bird?

Who's THAT in the mirror!?

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Beware the Kissing Monster!

My human has been so busy lately that she hasn’t been able to spend as much time with us as we’d like. But she’s on vacation for a week, which means we will get lots more time with her.

But… lots of time at home can sometimes coincide with reappearance of … The Kissing Monster! (*gasp*) It doesn’t happen often, but when it does… the horror!

When I’m hanging out on her shoulder, sometimes she asks me to “step off”. But sometimes I don’t wanna step off and she warns me, “be careful, or the Kissing Monster might come out.” Then, if I don’t step off …. (*shudders*)

… first a smooch lands on my head (*mwah*)

… then I feel a kiss on my wing (*mwah*)

… then a kiss on my toes (*mwah*)

Then mwahmwahmwahmwahmwahmwahmwah… there are kisses raining down on me all over! They follow me until I run down the human’s arm and don’t stop until I’m safely back on my perch. And I thank my lucky stars I was able to escape the Kissing Monster by the skin of my nares.

But two seconds later I’m begging to be picked up again. Sometimes hanging out on my human is worth the occasional risk of running into the Kissing Monster.


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The floor!

Do you enjoy running around the floor? We do! Of course, there aren’t any four-legged animals living with us.

We had a nice little adventure wandering around the floor this morning. That is, until we heard some birds calling outside and decided it was best to return to the safety of the bird room as soon as possible. (That means flying. We fly MUCH faster than we walk.)


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A little light in my life

I’ve been asked to relay to pis everywhere that you should not try this at home.

But, finding unusual places to perch is kind of a specialty of mine.

I was not allowed to stay on this perch very long. It looks really good with my coloring though, don’t you think?


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Do you like going outside?

The weather outside has been absolutely beautiful lately!

I really like going outside and feeling the breeze ruffle through my feathers. It’s true that there are some weird things outside. Flying insects do not impress me. I’m wary of the other birds outside, too, even though I enjoy watching them through the window.

Gillie and I are only ever allowed outside in our carriers. We’re both fully flighted and fully confident about flying. We have a harness and a flight suit and while they are fun to chew on, we’re not interested in wearing either just yet.

Maybe someday we’ll have an outdoor aviary. In the meantime, however, I do like sitting outside in the carrier and soaking up some rays with Michelle nearby.

Django enjoying the sunshine in his carrier

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