Art ... she is! LOL Possibly 100 times a day I am reassured she "is a good Giiiiiirlll"
This is in between bouts of " Hey Tuco! " which is her general "Look at me!" cry or if I leave the room where I must yell it back to let her know where in the house I am
She will also ask me if I am too quiet , like when working on the computer .. "Wat u doen? " until I tell her
and she delights in yelling " Oh Ohh! TuuuuCo! " when having fun playing with her toys
I think anyone who doubts how sentient a companion bird is , obviously hasnt lived with one , They communicate clearly in OUR language to the best of their ability , something we cant do ? They also have a very good sense of context which throws out the argument that it is just mimicry ...
She has two favourite toys that hang in the door of her cage , which is always open if I am home and just shut up for sleep time so she feels safe , Moustache Parrots , which is what she is , are a naturally nervy bird compared to some other parrots , ....but getting back to her toys lol .. She has a couple of bells tied on a leather rope , and a plastic ball with holes in it on the same type of rope ... both she identifies by name and if you ask her to grab the ball she does muttering " gotta balll gotta balll" , or in the case of the bells its " Get the bell on !!!" she never confuses the two ... never!
She will ask for playthings , "wanna stick" is her asking politely for a tongue depressor , which I buy in boxes of 1,000 cos she can shred one into fibres in about 2 minutes if she is trying
"Paw Paw " for her favourite treat dried Paw Paw
"Toast ?" If I am eating some and havent offered her a crust lol..
but perhaps the very cutest is we both say "Ni Nigh" to each other after I turn off the light for her bedtime ...This is a complex ritual lol , but basicaly involves her getting stroppy if I stay up to late at which point she may occasionally ask " light off?" So I will then change out the paper on the floor of her cage and remove any veggies she has not eaten ... usually to several cries in her own tounge and the occasional" what you doin' " and PAYYYYPERRR !!!"
Then I take her water out for changing , and she settles into her night perch while I tell her I am going for a shower .. then on return I slip in the fresh water bowl and fake turning the lights off ... at which point she objects and MUST come out for a final cuddle and kiss on my finger , after which she is fine to go back inside and settle down for the night .. lights go off with me announcing " light off One.. Two .. Three! " then I lean into her cage and say " Ni Nigh" which she repeats and then hunkers in for the night lol ...
She is only just 2 years old , and I raised her from 4 weeks from her parents ...so she has lots of learning to do
She has a slight immune problem , which is why she has the curly tail feathers and she was very late to flight being over a year before she could , we have a terrible disease here endemic in native parrots PBFD , which is a viral disease that only affects young birds and is usually fatal in nestlings , Tuco seemed to only have a very slight case of it and because of her diet and vigour seems to be fighting it off and thriving
She seems to be getting better each moult and I think she will have a good long life now