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Old 11-05-2017, 10:26 AM
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Fantastic, you've got yourself a great bird! Keep in mind there will be a "honeymoon" period, but I'll bet Colocolo will be a terrific companion!!

The damaged feathers may have been caused by the Scarlet, but they are in range of his beak. You'll know soon enough!
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Old 11-05-2017, 07:39 PM
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We are going to take him to the vet soon for a check up and to ask about the feathers. He does nip at his wings where the feathers are plucked when he is nervous, but we have yet to notice any plucked feathers since getting him. We are hoping it is just a nervous tick or quirk he picked up after the Scarlet attacked him. We have a video of it. If anyone is interested in checking it out and has 20 seconds, PM me a number or email. Otherwise we are very, very happy - today he is even accepting petting, handling, and grooming.
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What a gorgeous bird, you are very luck to have such quick success with your relationship!!!


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Old 11-14-2017, 12:39 PM
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It’s been surprising. After a week of charging at feet in sport, he is settling down and putting his head in laps for petting and scratches. We do not have a proper cage for him but he has taken to sleeping in his carrier cage which has a wooden perch. It is stunning how smart he is and how quickly he picks up new words and sounds. After watching some Game of Thrones clips, he will even spread his wings and scream when we say Dracarys. I would mention that his selling price was less than half what most breeders would ask but that would be close to bragging. Oops.
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Old 11-14-2017, 12:43 PM
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Old 11-14-2017, 01:05 PM
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Re: Rafael of Florida

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Just updating that the macaw introduction was a dream. The seller had noted that the bird liked me when I picked him up, and he was quiet in the car despite it being a long, long drive. The wings were in worse condition than had been shown in the picture and the seller didn't know if it was the result of plucking or the Scarlet macaw he had been caged with - I'm all but certain it was the Scarlet now. When I was packing up the car the bird asked, Can I help you? And later said Hello during the ride, and asked what I was doing if I had to brake too quickly. When I brought him (to a nearly hysterical foster mother), he had no reluctance perching on either one of us. Later I found that he waves his wing when saying goodbye. After about two days his swaying behavior stopped and he began exploring. We also finally built a proper perch for him. He also got a shower, two showers - he was saturated with feather powder and a little smelly (seller left him in the rain for baths or else hosed him down).

He has not paid too much attention to the budgie except to swat at him for flying too close or trying to land on him. We are not sure if he can fly, and we may teach him that to have flight recall as part of his exercise. After I left I was told that he misinterpreted leaving the room for a shower as a disciplinary walkout for being too loud and he said I'm sorry and I love you to make amends. He also got his beak on a piece of bread and said Mmmmm... Just how smart are these critters?

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we have more or less settled on a new name for him: He is Colocolo (Colo for short) in honor of the Mapuche war leader, Chilean football club, and the Kolokolo bird from Kipling's Just So stories. He seems to like his new name and the Bobby McFerrin song about the Kolokolo bird.
What a smart bird! That's genius category! You will want to keep him engaged and learning new things. Congrats on your great luck!
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Old 11-15-2017, 01:17 PM
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Still trying to figure out how attachments work: It seems I deleted the original pictures of Colocolo. Sorry!


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What a handsome boy!!! How old is he again?


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Old 11-16-2017, 03:59 PM
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He is eight years young.
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