Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Haiku coming soon!

Maia is such a delight... I never knew that birds could be so loving! Maia is, however, Craig's bird, so I wanted one of my own. After a lot of research, thought, and soul searching about what I wanted in a bird, I found the kind that most seemed like a good fit... a Blue Crowned Conure. They are a bit bigger than Maia... she is about 12" from beak to tail tip, and Blue Crowneds are about 14"... and not as colorful, but more likely to talk, and very amenable to learning tricks. (who doesn't love a parrot that can do tricks?) The breeder that I chose is in Georgia, and she will be shipping the bird at the end of the month. We already have an extra cage (because Maia has two!) and enough food for a flock, so we are ready for him any time.
Here he is with his breeder, at least this might be him... she has three and they are identical in the photos. She is going to mark his beak and take more pictures tomorrow. (There is one nest mate left for sale, btw, if anyone wants a fantastic companion bird! Her link is here:
Brightwood Aviary

I chose a woman breeder because it seems more likely that the bird will bond with a woman, after having been hand fed since about 3 weeks old by a woman. Also, she is a great gal, a horse woman, a dog lover (she has an Eskie!) and just the nicest to talk to. We chatted away like old friends! Her birds are very hand tamed, very vocally responsive (a good trait if you want a talker) and very healthy.

His name will be Haiku... like the Japanese poems. Small, nuanced, layered in meanings, and sometimes with a surprise twist at the end. That's how conures are, they are often called "mini Macaws" because they are thinkers. It's been so fascinating, watching Maia during the day as I work... she has definite rhythms, an internal schedule, moods, and preferences. Different than the dogs, but if you watch her, she communicates just as clearly... the language and accent are different, but the meaning is the same. She has learned a couple of tricks that I will put up movies about later.

He will be shipped from Georgia in a cage/crate, traveling just like a dog or a cat would, with food and water and toys. He will have a direct flight to San Diego, where I will pick him up at the terminal. Apparently this is done all the time with birds. Even with the flight costs, he will be less expensive than Maia was... the difference between buying from a pet store, and buying directly from the breeder.


Kelly said...

Oh Joanie, he is handsome! That's really interesting that they ship like cats and dogs, I hope he isn't too stressed out by the journey. I'm looking forward to seeing more of these guys - but don't forget the pooch updates, how are the crazy kids and the old man doing?
I think a picture of Maia and Haiku would be very exciting to draw..... ;o)
I'm starting to make frinds with my white pencils again, the house has been renovated this year and is still upside down though, which definitely stalls the creativity!!
If Maia is a girl, and Haiku is a boy, are there any plans to breed form them - would they breed, being different birds? (please excuse my ignorance)

Congratulations on your birds, they are really beautiful!


Marge Para said...

Well, I'm glad he doesn't have to fly himself! A friend of mine had a African Grey that talked and imitated sounds, especially the door bell.

Joanie said...

Kelly- I promise I won't forget (Yasha won't let me!) and will update the dogs in a few days. Casper had a recent tooth cleaning and had to lose some teeth, but that's pretty good for 15 years old! I'd love a sketch of Maia and Haiku sometime, we'll talk!
I don't know if the Sun conure and the Blue Crown would be viable crossed, but generally these birds are more attached to people than to other birds, so they likely won't be in the same cage. They can even be territorial towards each other and hurt each other. We will have to see how they act. Since neither one is DNA tested for gender, the 'he' and 'she' are only for convenience and our own perceptions of gender... who knows what they really are? grin

Joanie said...

Marge, the Africans are the best talkers ever, and I want one badly, but they attach to one person and can be hostile to others...I was bit once by an African Grey and still have the scar. Their beaks are really strong! When these conures bite, they can draw blood if they really try, but Maia hasn't bitten that hard so you get used to her biting (when she is scared, or has to be handled in a way she doesn't approve of, or even if she is in a bad mood! She bit me several times in one day until I realized that she hadn't had a bath in a couple of days, makes them itchy and irritable)

Marge Para said...

Yes, lack of bathing can do that!! I know birds do insist on being clean.

Cynthia said...

A very nice looking bird! I bet you can hardly wait until he arrives!

Joanie said...

I'm so excited!! Trying not to go out and buy a bunch of toys yet...