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Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

Headrubs and backrubs

Ivan love being back again with us. He showed it by jumping off and on me in bed, treading and treading long after lights went out.

Then notwithstanding he kept me from sleep for a long time, he woke me early at 8 am with his cold cold nose, very maliciously rubbing his nose on my nose. Throwing him to the floor won me respite and further sleep for 5 minutes before he jumped up again on me to repeat his morning wakeup call. I got my revenge when I got up and after brushing my teeth and washing up, I threw him into the spare room and closed the door on him.

So I could get my breakfast and open the sliding door for YS to join me.

His MM was weighed at 39.7 gm or .4 gm less then evening before. YS waited on door perch until I signaled him to fly to scale. His weight was at 33.8 gm.

The MM was placed back into cage.

We did some short recalls from the fan to warm up. And more of the hovering recalls. As Joy was in, she took some of his hovering and snatching millis from my fingers. The sequential shots were bad , but some nice single shots with flash were taken with her camera and my camera. The flash did not seem to bother YS .



I uploaded into the set some photos of YS in our PC room, my PC is the one nearest the window taken before we went for that Kuantan trip.

The folder URL is


After that, I tried longer distance recalls with YS. He refused any attempts with millis. I wonder how much English he knew. I can tell you YS definately understood what is 'suri'. He refused to fly to me unless I call out to him that I got suris.

I had to harvest more suris, and millis from smb2 which was now the active box. I weighed 5 medium suris to be 0.8 grams.

After lunch, I decided to release Ivan out of his room. In time, Ivan came to the living room with YS on the fan. Even though Ivan was calmly on my lap, YS went into a very loud singing display mode. Ivan made no aggressive move towards YS. But later, I decided to lock up Ivan for my peace of mind.

In the step-up sessions, I was touching YS on the breast often. Today, I periodically clamped my fingers on his toes when he was pigging out on the millis. He tolerated that for a second or toe. When he struggled to get his feet out, I would immediately released him.

I was also trying to give him head rubs. As my fingers moved to his head, YS would step up to those finger. I needed to get him used to my fingering him on his head and on his back. He now tolerate brief head rubs and back rubs, as long as the millis were in front of him. My attempts to get my fingers under his wings were firmly refused.

At 6 pm, his MM was at 39.0 and his weight was at 35.2 gm


Note: Normal weight range of shama is 28 - 32 grams
from the information below .


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