Dec 19, 2006

A Lively Pair

Tawnya sent me these photos of baby cockatoos - either of the rose-crested (aka salmon-crested) or galah varieties. These birds can live for over 30 years, and they have the emotional development and needs of a three-year-old human child. They make for great pets, but you had better know what you're getting into. Do you want another toddler running--that is, flying or waddling--around?

I imagine mommy has had enough of their begging, which is possibly why she isn't in the photo. That's how it is with my own toddlers. Their begging for cookies too often resembles that of baby birds. I'm just glad I don't have to regurgitate for them. Though that might be cathartic...

UPDATE: It would seem, from multiple sources, that these birds do live to be quite a bit older--as old as 80 years. I new that was true for macaws, but didn't know that for cockatoos. Thanks, all.

12 comments:

Howard said...

Haha! Great picture. Hilarious!

Amy said...

I love the expressions on their faces!

Connie said...

OMGosh It's GONZO! Hilarious!

Anonymous said...

LOL...Connie you took the words right out of my mouth!! GONZO! and scared GONZO HEEHEE

Shannon said...

They look like they're plastic. Kind of cute actually.

Kath said...

Actually, it's quite common for them to live over 50 or 60 years of age. We had a galah that was well in his 60's when we inherited him, and we only had him for a short while as he swore like a trouper (not good in front of small children!) Gave him to my Grandparents and he never swore from that day on, and lived another 15 or so years!

Raging Wombat said...

I think different breeds have different life expectancies. I was refering to the salmon-crested. That is hilarious about your swearing bird!

Ya, they are kinda cute. Don't tell anyone.

Tawnya said...

apparently not cute enough for cute overload tho...I sent them the same pic months ago (do I sound bitter???) You are soooo right about the toddler thing...we have 7 birds right now 2 of them are african greys (one is 20 ys old)

Raging Wombat said...

Wow, seven birds. I've always wanted an african grey. I've heard their unbelievably smart.

Kelly said...

I think that the one is smiling because he just stuck his brother's wing into a light socket

Tawnya said...

LOL! I always pictured the left one saying "MOM! He's touching me again!!!" I love the grin of the one on the right..sooo ornery. We love our greys..they live to be 80 in some cases. I have told my children to pick a bird to adopt cuz they are gonna outlive me!

Miranda said...

I'm not saying it shouldn't be here, at all, but I could easily see this photo showing up on Cute Overload too. It certainly got a laugh out of me. :-)