Monday, February 04, 2008
This is Ya-Ya. He's my cockitiel and the 3rd male in our household (I'm pretty much outnumbered unless the girls are visiting). Ya-Ya is always learning new tricks, his latest is to start squawking the second he thinks he hears cookies or chips being opened cause he wants a bite of whatever snack is about to be consumed.
He hasn't learned to say anything yet, or if he has, he says it in "bird", not English, but I have learned to recognize some of his whistles and/or squawks so I can figure out what he wants, or what he's trying to tell me, most of the time.
He can hear the school bus when it turns onto our road, 7/10ths of a mile away, and he lets me know if someone has pulled into the drive. (he's my guard bird). I tricked him last week by buying a new phone, he's fooled me more than once by making sounds like the old phone made, so I wonder how long it will take him to learn this new ring. He can also make all the sounds the microwave buttons make when you push them.
I don't have to worry about forgetting to feed him or give him fresh water because he won't shut up until he gets your attention to let you know one or the other is empty.
And the little beggar hates for me to take a nap!