Long overdue update: Fernando is still with us, still being a bird butt. He's getting a little better at letting people other than my mom hold him, and he LOVES showing off in front of strangers by flapping his wings.
I acquired my Green Wing "Rocky" from a family about to be deployed overseas. They delivered him to my home and uncaged to allow exploration. We've obviously met before, but while I'm sitting entertaining his soon to be former parronts, Rocky makes a bee-line for my right ankle and takes a gentle bite. First and last time he ever bit, but there sure was a lot of bluffing over the years!
Well, we've accidentally taught Fernando a couple of "tricks". Fernando will now fly to his cage by simply saying "Get on your cage" and touching a blanket with flamingos on it (yes, it absolutely HAS to be this blanket). I'm starting to "target" him into the cage by using the handle of a swiffer sweeper that he TOTALLY did not break or anything. At first he was weary of it, but now he knows that he gets an animal cracker whenever he follows it.
My mom is able to get him to stretch out his wings on command. He looks like an angel when he's got them fully spread out, and he likes to show his big wings off by gently flapping them.
Fernando is starting to respect me more and more, although it's definitely a work in progress. He tried to bite my Nana and instead got a beakful of paper towel tube. The only injuries sustained were to his dignity, but he has not once been ugly to her ever since and has even willingly stepped up on her and flapped his wings! I think Fernando and I are both learning that if we want to be friends, we have to respect each other. I swear, he's just like the little brother I never had.
Well well, long time no see! I think it's safe to say that our relationship has blossomed during these past couple of months. I can now pick him up without having to worry about him biting me (for the most part). He's also cut down on chasing me. He loves to climb up on my bed and look at the computer (supervised, of course). I guess he's figured "well, this girl isn't going anywhere, I might as well be nice to her".
Well here's something I DEFINITELY would not have been able to do a couple months ago. It's certainly quite intimidating to have one of the world's largest parrots just chilling on your shoulder, but my confidence has definitely seen a boost. Of course, I'm not gonna try to pick him up like a chicken and kiss his beak, I'll leave that to my mom.
Haha, it is me again, with a new update on the Birdnando!
Fernando and I both recently celebrated birthdays (29 and 21 respectively) and Fernando has now lived with us for a little over a year.
My confidence and our mutual trust in each other has EXPLODED to the point where Fernando has learned a new trick: give kisses. Fernando will gently extend his head towards your lips, and you give him a kiss right on the beak!
Belated birthday wishes to you and Fernando! Quite an honor receiving kisses from a macaw! Truthfully, they are less likely to be malicious with huge beak compared with smaller parrots. Still, an outgrowth of mutual trust and love!!