It's National Bird Day! To celebrate, we're featuring Horatio & Tandy, two birds who live with small-animal veterinary technician Lindan Spromberg. Below, Lindan shares a little more about these two guys. Here's to all our feathered friends out there!
I have two Macaws currently. I have a Blue and Gold Macaw named Horatio.
I rescued him 20 years ago from a pet store where he sat in a wrought iron cage with only one branch and no toys. I had never owned a bird before and was just in the store to buy food for the cat when I saw him and said hello. He just looked at me and stared, never said hello back. I moved on and started looking at the other cages and he began to SCREAM! Not just a little noise, an ear piercing scream. So I went back to the cage and started chatting with him. I turned around to leave the room and he screamed and screamed, clearly he was trying to get my attention. So I bought him, on the spot and have had him ever since. He is 36 years old, they can live to well over 80 years of age. He speaks, he says: Hello, hi, whatever (and sometimes he puts a little attitude in there and says what…..ever…. ). He says bye bye, apple, wow, and of course all the things you don’t want him to say. He says “no!” “knock it off” “stop that” “shutup” and unfortunately a certain four-letter word. No, I didn’t teach him that, but I can't get him to stop saying it. Luckily he only says it once in awhile. He also has a hilarious laugh (click here to listen).
I also have Tandy, he is a Military Macaw.
Tandy came from a pet store that was phasing out selling birds. I knew him when I worked at the pet store and a few years later I bought him. He was born in 1990 and is 25 years old. He says: Hello, hi, Habitat (which is the name of the pet store), Rock and roll, Tandybird, Meow (he tries to meow), and he has learned how to sound like Horatio’s scream -__-.
Many thanks to Lindan for sharing these pictures and background on her birds!