King O absolutely adores playing with people and interacting. He is absolutely charming and has the cutest little voice that sounds a bit like Elmo from Sesame Street. He simply loves Wendy, the Vet Tech here at the Parrot Garden. Here is a video I shot of the two of them singing “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” O really gets in to the “Hurray!”
Patricia Sund is a Free-Lance Writer residing in Florida with her three African Greys. She has been published in About.com, Bird Talk Magazine, Birds USA, In Your Flock Magazine, Good Bird Magazine as well as numerous websites and newsletters. She is currently doing research for a book titled "Parrot Nation".
September 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm
September 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm
What happened to O that he has virtually no head feathers?
September 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm
He pulls them out with his feet.
September 29, 2012 at 2:34 pm
Cant someone put one of those cylindar collars on King O so he cant do damage to himself?
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September 29, 2012 at 4:03 pm
At Parrot Garden we do not collar birds for feather destructive behavior. Collars are extremely hard for a parrot to tolerate. They interfere with every part of their life: eating, perching, preening, climbing and playing. You might end up with a bird in perfect feather…but he will have NO quality of life. The only time we will resort to collars is if there is self-mutilation present. And only if vests are not enough. We have come to the conclusion that feathers, like hair, are optional. O is who he is. He likes the clean shaven look. He is a happy, confident bird, who has developed a habit of pulling out feathers. In a collar he wouldn’t have the same freedom.
September 30, 2012 at 12:39 pm
I now understand that putting a collar on King O would decrease his auality of life, so, has anyone thought of making a doll-sized hoodie or cap for him to wear on his head and can still give King O the movement he needs? I was thinking of domething like the girls/women wore on the TV show “Little House on the Prairie” it could be loosely attached on his head, but not so that King O can easily remove it. Just a thought.
September 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm
That should have said “quality of life” in the beginning.
January 2, 2015 at 4:27 am
King O is RIDICULOUSLY CHARMING!!!! I just wanna gobble him right up!! And that voice of his makes me simply swoon! 😉 His skin is so soft looking–I bet he smells like honeysuckle…! He’s so charismatic that I can only imagine how intensely magnetic he is in-person….