A little bit of Bella

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I have been thinking Bella deserves a name change.

I should name her Radar like from the old MASH TV show.
She is always listening to us. she pays attention to what we say and reacts to it.

If I start talking about having to put her back in the cage she knows.
If she is getting in trouble in the kitchen she hears me get up from the couch to check on her and she instantly stops.

She learned a new word too.
I wish she hadn't learned this one.
It refers to a part of the human anatomy ever human male/female has.
Don’t you love how much parrots can learn? They are also the ultimate stalkers 😂😂 radar would be a perfect name
 
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After a month away from Bella.

Bella doesn’t wear her heart ❤️ on her sleeve, at least for me.
She plays this game with me. Acting like she will let me scratch her head then changing her mind at last minute.
well she was a little more insistent about wanting me to scratch her but still wouldn’t let me.

While I was gone she has perfected saying “Alexa “.
it comes out as a 3 syllable word “ Ah -lex-ah”.
but it’s good enough to trigger Alexa.
So far she hasn’t ordered her to do anything

She has been getting into fights with one of the Tiels (Popeye).
IDK who starts it, probably Bella by standing on top of his cage.
I think Popeye has a personality disorder, he fights with everyone.
when I saw this I put her back in her cage.
She knew she did wrong and we were upset.
After about 15 minutes she starts saying.
Red butt shower (her way of asking to come out).
it’s ok and good girl over and over.

she was telling me she was going to be a good girl if I let her out.
I let her out and she has been good
more than 2 days without a repeat.

smart bird.
 

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My late Grey Scooter used to play a similar game. She would act like she wanted head scratches, but instead of just refusing them like Bella does, she would attempt to amputate my finger. I always anticipated a parrot bite when she actually did want scratches.

And now I'm waiting to hear what interesting and unexpected Amazon deliveries will show up at your house.
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I followed this thread to learn more about greys. They are so adorable. I want to take on more parrots but I just don’t think I have the time. Not to mention my Ekkie hates loud noises. I had to move him away from my conures as he appeared to be overly stimulated when I had him around the conures (who consistently make noise). Nico will start ripping out feathers when he gets overly stimulated from what I’ve observed. He’s done a lot better sense I’ve moved him to a different floor in my house where it’s more quiet. I have never dealt with a parrot that can’t stand loud noises before. It’s so interesting reading about other people’s flocks, and the dynamics. Hopefully Bella & Popeye get along, and you don’t have to separate to the extent I did.
 
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I followed this thread to learn more about greys. They are so adorable. I want to take on more parrots but I just don’t think I have the time. Not to mention my Ekkie hates loud noises. I had to move him away from my conures as he appeared to be overly stimulated when I had him around the conures (who consistently make noise). Nico will start ripping out feathers when he gets overly stimulated from what I’ve observed. He’s done a lot better sense I’ve moved him to a different floor in my house where it’s more quiet. I have never dealt with a parrot that can’t stand loud noises before. It’s so interesting reading about other people’s flocks, and the dynamics. Hopefully Bella & Popeye get along, and you don’t have to separate to the extent I did.
I am not exactly sure what causes Bella to pull her feathers out. After 7 years of owning her she seems to pluck twice a year perhaps it goes along with natural molting.
The original owners claim was a new dog caused her to pluck and that’s why they rehomed her.

Bella was a quiet parrot.
Still is for the most part but she imitates a cockatiel squeak at about 3x the volume and that can be hard to take.
When my Amazons get loud Bella tells them too be quiet.

For bingo Bella imitates ME saying Bingo’s name in a special tone of voice that I try to impart I am disappointed in him.
It’s sooo funny to her her do that.

When the Twins are noisy.
If she imitates me she says NOOoooo, all stretched out .
If she imitates my son it’s “SWEEties” .
But she is only imitating US, I don’t think the noise bothers her.

The biggest issue with having Bella is keeping Merlin from landing on her cage.
Most of the time I don’t let the Twins out at same time as Bella.
But Merlin is curious about Bella, he has no bad intentions but Bella would be serious and defensive over her cage and he could loose a toe.
 
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My late Grey Scooter used to play a similar game. She would act like she wanted head scratches, but instead of just refusing them like Bella does, she would attempt to amputate my finger. I always anticipated a parrot bite when she actually did want scratches.

And now I'm waiting to hear what interesting and unexpected Amazon deliveries will show up at your house.
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Bella will snap at me too.
She is defensive over her cage even when giving her food.
I am normally the one who feeds and waters her.
doesn’t matter. I must use care to avoid getting a serious bite.

Outside of her cage she is friendly. I can pick her up.
carry her around. Let her shoulder surf 🏄 with more confidence than my Yellow nape Bingo..
 
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I have never heard this talked about before.
It may sound impossible but I swear it’s true.
Bella can say two words at the same time.
Maybe she’s talking out of both sides of her beak :ROFLMAO:
She has said “kiss” and “girl” .
and somehow she says “Wesley” and “Alexa” at the same time.
It is interesting that she puts both “name words” together.

I managed to record her saying “Alexa” (just the single word) and I may upload it but she is difficult to record when she is talking.. I will keep trying to record one of her double words.

Any other grey owners have birds that do this?
 

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I have never heard this talked about before.
It may sound impossible but I swear it’s true.
Bella can say two words at the same time.
Maybe she’s talking out of both sides of her beak :ROFLMAO:
She has said “kiss” and “girl” .
and somehow she says “Wesley” and “Alexa” at the same time.
It is interesting that she puts both “name words” together.

I managed to record her saying “Alexa” (just the single word) and I may upload it but she is difficult to record when she is talking.. I will keep trying to record one of her double words.

Any other grey owners have birds that do this?
Clearly, I do not have a Grey, but only Green! But, our Julio has a couple of words that sound like they could be two words overlapping each other, but not quite clear enough for me to define them. For Julio, that commonly implies that he is still working on them.
 
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It’s that time of year again.
warming up so I had to go up on the roof and revitalize the swamp cooler.

Of course this means a good deal of thumping and bumping.

Bella was jumpy all yesterday and didn’t want to come out of her cage all morning.

She seems relaxed now telling Alexa she’s a poor girl 😂
 

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It is a bit too soon to be concerned about the swamp cooler as we are during that special time of year in which Canadian and Texas storms stream through here. Plus our swamp coolers tends to be smaller and sit next to the house, not on the roof!

We had an easy Winter, so it will be interesting to see, which way the Summer goes!!

Julio (HRH) doesn't care as he will enjoy the comfort of his home!
 
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