The King.

Written By: B.D. Butler - Jul• 10•13
Click here for The King.

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“I’m just a hunk a hunk a burning love” comes to mind when I think about the Parrot Earth Sponsor a Parrot Program’s bird for July,”Elvis”.  Miss Vicki’s Parrot Village is home to this Moluccan Cockatoo who has been described to have more personality in his little talon than most people have in their entire body.

Elvis is a wild caught Moluccan Cockatoo who came to live at Miss Vicki’s awhile back.  They are not necessarily sure about his complete history, but he exhibits various characteristics of being wild caught.  “Elvis is definitely a wild caught male. When he gets “jealous”, he bangs his foot on the perch, and I learned several years ago that this is a wild-caught male behavior. I have only seen it in two other M2s, and it is very cool! If he gets really riled up, he will find a toy and start using it as a drumstick and bangs all sorts of tunes”, Miss Vicki said.

Photo courtesy of Miss Vicki's Parrot Village.

Photo courtesy of Miss Vicki’s Parrot Village.

Elvis was also used as a breeder prior to the many homes that he was in before making his way to Miss Vicki’s.  Vicki describes him as loud, amorous, destructive  and just an overall handful.  “Everyone along the way loved him, so he has quite the fan club”, Miss Vicki added.

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I got Elvis dancing here.

When Elvis was brought to Miss Vicki, he blended nicely in the flock of Moluccan Cockatoos, and even has a bromance with another male.  They groom one another, the world “stops” when they are together, and they recognize one another as the same breed, even though Elvis is bald.

When I decided to start the Parrot Earth Sponsor a Parrot Program last year, I wasn’t sure how it was going to go.  It’s a slippery slope when you try to hone in on one bird at a rescue.  However, I like the idea that not only is one bird getting a little more attention, it still brings exposure to various rescues that deserve accolades for their service.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, “starting a rescue takes a very special person(s)” and I am not sure if I could do it.  Dealing with behavioral issues, where these birds come from (because some aren’t from the best of conditions) and helping them find love and a fresh start, is amazing to me.  The unfortunate details in a parrots life usually are never discovered.  Almost like that show in the 80’s & 90’s hosted by Robert Stack, “Unsolved Mysteries”.  You just have to live in the moment and help them forget their pasts.  They may never entirely forget where they came from, but with a little love and understanding, you can help them see where they are going.

 

If you would like to make a donation or contact Miss Vicki’s Parrot Village, click here.  

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