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By Constance Lee Menefee

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If you happen to have that bittersweet bond of perpetual parent and unrequited lover with your parrot, be prepared to be educated and disciplined for the rest of your life. You, not the bird, will make many mistakes. The bird, not you, will always be correct. In any event, you will be the one with bandages for fingers and your heart in every pocket.

I have ten affectionate parrots, but only two of the males have bonded strongly with me. One is Ranger, a half-pound sultry, musky-lilac scented, blue-feathered charmer with pink feet. He is a Bronze-winged Pionus. My home is his second abode and when I got him, he was two years old with socialization problems.

He takes serious exception to the fun I have with my other male, Sundog, who I got right after he was weaned. Sundog is a Black-headed Caique, which means he is six ounces of passion and verve clothed in brilliant green, orange and yellow. He is enthusiastic about people and food. Every emotion not shown by his eloquent head and neck feathers is visible in his red and brown eyes.


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