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On one particular morning, I experienced the clash of cultures between my two taskmasters. Sundog is unfailingly delightful in the morning. He almost dives, head first, out of his cage into my hand in the morning. He chirrs, whistles, and makes loud kissing noises. He is ready to go. Ranger, on the other hand, wakes up slowly, almost sulkily. He carefully climbs out of his cage and fluffs up. He says, “Hello,” in a gruff, yet soft voice. I talk to, but do not touch him in the morning.

Today I washed a sinkful of dirty dishes with Sundog on my head. Then I fed the parrots their morning vegetables. Apparently, Ranger grew more and more annoyed as he listened to Sundog and me whistling over the dishes.

When I brought the vegetables in and tried to attach Ranger’s dish to the outside of his cage, he grimly stalked over and bit me sharply on the index finger. It hurt and I dropped the dish. By this time, he was in rare form with his blue head feathers, and the smattering of cream and rose throat feathers, fluffed up. He stamped back and forth and glared at me as I yelled, “No! Bad bird. Don’t bite!” I wanted to ring his skinny neck instead of the rag I used to wash my dishes.


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