Thursday, August 11, 2011

Not performing

Manzi and Maui have become the attraction of the apartments. I am right above one of the entrances, so while out on the patio, Manzi and Maui whistle at everyone walking by. Oftentimes, I can hear kids or even adults talking to them from the ground (I'm on the second level). Today, two young boys spent a good 45 minutes talking and whistling to the birds. I went out on the patio for a bit and told the boys several phrases that Manzi and Maui can say, in an attempt to get the parrots to talk. Manzi and Maui were determined to whistle and pretend that they have no idea what I am bragging about. I went back inside to resume working. After a long time, the boys left. Within two minutes of them leaving, Manzi and Maui proceeded to go through every phrase that the boys were begging them to say. I couldn't help but laugh. Birds sure can be stubborn sometimes.

They sure are loving the attention they get on the patio. At first, I didn't hear much from them and they would go completely quiet as soon as someone came near. Now, Manzi and Maui whistle loud as soon as they see someone to get their attention. It works and often the person will come over and whistle with them for a while. Now I have two big show offs.

By the way, if you look at the pictures from the previous post, you should see Hercules (the tortoise) on the ground near the cage.


Jen said...

that is great that they are liking their new cage. They will be sad to have to spend all winter inside.

Michael, Kili, Truman said...

You should put some vocalizations on cue so that you at least have something to fall back on (like Kili saying Hello). Even if it's just one word, it satisfies the audience to hear the parrot say something. But I totally know what you mean. I'll be walking with my parrots outside and they can't shut up. Then when someone wants to see them talk, they sit dumb as a statue.

BTW, don't loose Hercules again. I hope he can't fall over the edge of the balcony.

Adele said...

Hercules is safely secured into the patio (thanks to a friend for wood and Home Depot for the fencing).
I do need to teach them vocalization on cue. Manzi used to do the water noise on cue very well. That went away as I stopped practicing it with him.

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