Mikey the bird has been in our family for 20 years or so which means he is probably going to be around another 50 or so. He moved in to my house around 5 years ago now, I was going to watch him for a week while my mom went on vacation. She brought all his food when she dropped him off. I clued in pretty quickly what was happening, but both my husband and I worked from home at the time, these birds are social, he liked us, we liked him and mom needed him to move out.
Of course, there are times where we fight, no relationship is perfect after all. He bit me once or twice and drew blood. His beak is super strong and his little birdy brain gets flooded with adrenaline sometimes, I watch his eyes now, when they constrict I keep my fingers to myself!
So he isn’t cuddly but he is hilarious. He can’t repeat super long phrases, but he can repeat enough and he has lived with my mom while we were growing up, my sister when she first moved out with her crazy roommates and boyfriends, back with my mom and now with us, he has picked up some interesting phrases. He associates the right time to say things, generally. A few of his famous ones –
“Bark, bark, bark, meow, meow, kill the kitty!” A boyfriend taught a bird to bark, my sister taught him the rest. Sometimes this turns into “Bark. Meow. Kill” and kill is said in this weird voice so it is killllllllll. Then he laughs with my laugh (which is the same as my sister’s), because the phrase cracked us up. Weird bird.
“Tiny bubble” Mom tried to teach him to sing a little Don Ho, but he only can get the singular bubble, and nothing about wine.
“Hey Ron?” said just like I say it when I am yelling at my husband. Ron will say “what?” and Mikey will yell in a crazy voice, “Come Here!!!!!” He never says or does anything when you go to him though.
At night he will tell us “Time to go to bed.” then he will yawn for emphasis.
When the dog is barking he will scold, “No bark” though sometimes he tells him not to
He also says “Helloooooooooo nurse!” just like from Animaniacs.
When the phone rings and while I am on the phone he will talk with you “Hello, uh huh, ok uh huh, ok cool. Right, yea, uh huh, wow, cool, wow. Ok, BYE!” Then he adds a beep because the answering machine USED TO BEEP 5 years ago now! Jeez. I say wow and cool a lot, obviously.
When he is walking around and starts chewing on something he will say “Get outta there!” He tells on himself essentially.
Mikey is a crack up. He won’t talk when you are looking at him…but as soon as you leave the room, watch out! I am too lame and can’t figure out how to record him when he is in full swing. I will do that at some random point…some day. 🙂