Earlier this year, Thomas and I competed in a race in which age group awards were hand-made and hand-painted mugs. To our surprise, both of us won a mug! This has also created much laughter in our house, as my mug was larger (I was in the top 3 overall females and he was in top 3 for males in his age group), so he'll joke about just being a little thirsty or needing a tiny drink of water. It's all in good fun, as this is definitely the nicest prize either of us has won in a race.
He keeps his mug out on the counter so he remembers to drink from it daily. Thus far, it's pretty much been ignored by the parrots. Except one time, when Thomas left it close to the edge and Stella threw it to the ground in a fit -- luckily no damage occurred! Since then, he's remembered to push it far back from the edge.
Over the weekend, I saw Max trying to perch on it. I warned her she was too heavy and she'd tip over, but she succeeded, even resting on one foot!