Friday, November 14, 2008


Although Calypso is still acting strange after out trip, he is starting to get back to normal. Yesterday, for the first time since we've been back, he asked to go into the kitchen with me as I prepared dinner (a version of fast nut burgers again -- yum!) I'm hoping he'll be back to normal this weekend.

Isn't he just gorgeous? I will have to try to get a picture of his tail feathers. As he gets older, they have been coming in yellow and orange instead of green. He is just so vibrant!Here's a picture of Mr. Hormone (aka Beeps). I haven't been taking many since the combination of hormones + proximity to a camera means a good chance of an attack on me. In this picture, his eyes are just starting to flash red, which means I need to watch out.
However, I think the end is in sight for his hormonal period. Yesterday, for the first time in about a month, he was not overly excited when I came home from work and he stepped up nicely on my hand and asked for a few head pets from me. It was so nice holding him again!

Of course, later in the evening, he did try to attack me. As Shannon said in a comment about her hormonal bird, I'm just glad he's pretty small. Dealing with this kind of behavior from a large macaw or cockatoo would be exponentially more stressful than dealing with Beeps!


DoodleBird said...

Everytime I read about a hormonal Caique I get nervous. Nani is going on 8 months now and I can see she's changing. Do you think it's worse in males?

Mary said...

I responded in an entry, so hopefully you saw that. Unfortunately, I really don't know since I only have 2 males.

8 months seems a little young for hormonal stuff to be happening. It could be that she's starting to test the boundaries a little. I don't have much experience with that, since everyone but Max was older when we got them. And I had no clue what I was doing when we got Max; we just sort of muddled through.

I know you'll be able to get through anything with Nani, though. Caiques are generally quite easy to read, with their flashing eyes and posturing. It's certainly not a fun time, but I'd rather go through it with a caique than a cockatoo!!!

DoodleBird said...

I must have missed it. You're probably right that she's started to demand some independence and see if she can get away with stuff. Little brat! Cute, but a brat. lol