GREY CHEEK PARAKEET - Grey Cheeked Parrot
" Grey Noise "
Image # G20
If you live with a Grey Cheek Parakeet, you'll recognize the expression on the bird and the title of this image will make perfect sense to you !
They pack all the personality and attitude of a full size parrot into a body about the same size as a budgie, and are usually inquisitive, playful, and loyal companions that can talk with a very cute little "parroty" voice. Grey Cheeks hail from South America and were imported into the US in huge numbers from the 70's to early 90's. The most amazing thing about these little birds is how outgoing and friendly they are - even if they were "wild caught" imports. These birds would get very little human interaction from the time they left South America and passed through US quarantine houses and on to the pet dealer who would eventually offer them for sale. It did not matter though, because these birds are just programmed to be friendly it seems. With very little handling and "taming", the wild caught birds soon made wonderful pets that grew deeply attached to their favorite humans. These birds actually have become somewhat rare since they were imported in such large numbers that few aviculturist tried to breed them domestically, so in the 1990's the price of these birds skyrocketed as the supply could not meet the ever growing demand. As the image here suggests though, they can vocalize with the best of them and their calls can be awful loud for such a small bird. We found the noise level was far less when it was a single bird being kept, but after adding a "buddy" for him, the noise levels skyrocketed !
( A Grey Cheek Parakeet was responsible for changing of my own personal and professional life in a big way just about 10 years ago - see bottom of page for more )
This amusing image shows a Grey Cheek Parakeet in mid-yell, with his beautiful coloration standing out brightly against a brilliant red background...
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HOW A LITTLE GREY CHEEK PARAKEET CHANGED MY LIFE...
After moving to Florida from Michigan, we wanted to add some new tropical fish to our home aquarium, so we headed to the local pet shop. Well, you can imagine the rest - that innocent little trip to the store for a three dollar fish cost around $ 500.00 after we fell "victim" to an adorable young Grey Cheek that climbed right out of the bird pen and adopted us.
It was my introduction to parrots and the wonderful companions they can be. The little bird was a charmer who loved to sit on you and would hang upside down off the edge of my glasses as I walked. Like many first-time bird owners, the bird bug hit hard and our family soon grew to include another Grey Cheek, an African Grey, Double Yellowhead Amazon, and Senegal.
After less than a year of living with these beautiful creatures, I turned my camera on our birds and my photographic career made a sharp turn "for the birds" and has never looked back. My personal and professional life are now spent playing with and photographing birds and I surely could not picture doing anything else nearly as satisfying !