I learned a long time ago never to look at Linus when I am on the phone. Being a cockatoo, he believes the sun rises just for him. He can’t understand why I would talk to an electronic gadget when I have perfectly good cockatoo standing by. If I look at him, it’s an invitation to join in the conversation.
My daughter called the other day and was telling me about a jacket she had seen in a store window that cost $3500. She was jokingly asking me if I thought she should take out a loan for it, just as I was passing the cage. I looked up, and briefly locked eyes with Linus. “Alright” he says. Astonished, my daughter says: “WHAT??” “What WHAT??”, I said. “You think I should take out that loan?” “NO!!” Apparently, Linus sounds a bit like me. It took a minute to clear up the confusion.
I have a friend with an african grey that like to sit in his cage and have long imaginary phone conversations, in her voice. He begins by imitating the tones of the phone dialing and goes on the have the most boring phone chat: “Uh huh, uh huh. Really? Hmmm. Okay. Uh huh…” It’s really embarassing for my friend who hopes she’s not really that dull. I find it hilarious, and have suggested that she employ his services when telemarketers call. Or her mother-in-law.
Dave and Jamie’s rose breasted cockatoo, Bandit, sounds exactly like Jamie. Listen for it when they post videos.
I have some friends that own an amazon, who favors the husband, but speaks with the wife’s voice. I was mentioning to them that I thought this was an interesting twist. They are convinced that it is intentional. While the husband might not respond to the bird beckoning him, he is unlikely to ignore his wife.
Ironically, I have started sounding like my parrots. When I leave for work, I make a big production out of saying goodbye to each of my birds individually: “Bye BYE, Theo.” “Bye BYE, Tinky”, until I have addressed them all. Ususally, the last thing I hear when I am walking out the door is a giant “Bye BYE” from Linus. It’s really cute, but not so much when it slips out when I am leaving my co-workers for the day. “Bye BYE, Jessica!” It’s a bird owner thing. I dropped a pen one day and a little girl picked it up and handed it to me. I said: “Thank you! What a good bird.”