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Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

Recovering from the disasterous manhandling grasp // Narcissus YS

9am weighing (with assistance from Ivan the self reappointed alarm clock)

YS at 32.2 // milli at 25.1 // suri at 71.2

The routine recalls were done but in abbreviated form. If many recalls were done as usual, even with millis, YS might still have more food than I wanted to give him. I wanted to move to back rubs and body squeeze to see if he was still unhappy. I thought his being a bit hungrier might help in his forgiveness to me.

After he was send to the fan with a toss from my hand, I walked over to him with milli box. He stayed on the fan and ate from the milli box when presented to him. But when I raised my left hand to do his backrubs, he immediately flew off the fan to the books behind. I gave him his recall cue and he flew to my hand readily. After I got him to hop over to the fan, he remained very wary of my hands. Even the index finger jutting over the milli box was firmly pecked by him when I hold the box to him. And when the other hand slowly moved up, he flew off again. He was very unhappy with that manhandling grasp that I did to him yesterday, to the extent that he refused even to let me do his back rubs.

So my 1 step forward and 4 steps back strucked again.

I did what I had to do and the only thing I could do.


What else could I do? He refused even the one finger for backrubs. Can you force a very agile flighted bird to do what he refused to do? That is the height of lunacy.

I did a bit more of recalls as he was not that mad at me to refused to do that. Then I left him alone. The milli at end of training was 24.3 gm,

I went to harvest more millis. I used to have to pick them out one by one from the peatmoss. Since they are small and wriggly, that was not the easiest task. And being lazy, I hit on a lazy way to get the millis. I used a plastic disposable lunch box and burn some small holes in the lid. With a few crumbled up papers and pieces of carrot or bran, I placed the box top down on the peat moss. Millis crawled up the holes into that box by the hundreds and I could then just scoop them up instead of getting them one aat a time.

Left overnight, those milli trap box netted me 4.5 grams from one box and 5 grams from the other smb.

I was wondering YS was rather nice and not bothering me. I got up to replace the milli trap into the other smb and YS guiltily flew up from inside that box. AAARGH ! He was in that smb as I forgot to close the cover and snuffing at the gravid suris in there.

Eventually, he flew about. I heard him singing softly in the bedroom. I went there to find him perched at the bathroom mirror. He was admiring himself and singing. He never took those mirror image as rivals to be challenged. He knew he was seeing himself. If he thought the image was another rival, he would go into territorial mode, but he never did that. I never knew he was so vain and narcissus.

When he was in territorial mode singing, he would ignore me utterly. Perhaps I should try to offer him suri and see if he still ignored me. But I am no Phillistine enough to do that after the last time he snubbed me so devastatingly.

But he was ready enough to abandon his mirror image when I gave the recall cue. He flew out of the bathroom over to me for his millis. I then send him to the fan on the dressing table. He again looked proudly at his image. I moved to the corridor outside the bedroom and he flew immediately to me when I gave him the recall cue. I walked him back to the dining area when he flew off to the TV.

I had another of my break. He went to the PC room. I joined him later with milli box to get him to fly to me. He did that so well that I thought I try again with 1/2 hs recall. I got the suri box to show him and then moved out of sight. He did not care to do that almost but not quite 1/2 hs recall, but very ready to do the 1/4 hs recalls.

With him on the fan, I walked over to twirl my finger at his beak to get him bursting into soft soft singing with him periodically flying to tip of my finger. He looked so well with me that I decided to try the backrub again in the PC room. I was very pleased when he allowed me to do that. I even extended my finger way under his wings and rubbed his body under the wings. Of course, that was with the HIMB technique. He also allowed me to do a body squeeze on him, a very light body squeeze that I released immediatly when he showed displeasure. I repeated that body squeeze, but I did not do the manhandling grasp.

Later on, when we were out in the living room with him on the fan, he very grudginly allowed me to give him backrubs again in the living room.

At 12 pm, YS was at 33.6 // milli at 22.7 // suri at 70.9

At 2 pm, before I liberated Ivan and left the apartment, YS was at 33.1 gm

I go back at 530 pm and YS was at 32.5 gm. I then got out a big succulent cricket at 1 gm weight in readiness for him.

We then did recalls and backrub and a slight body squeeze.

I had to leave by 6 pm to have dinner with my wife Joy. At that time, YS was at 33.1 gm. but that was shortly after the sessions with me. The milli was at 21.2 gm, the suri at 70.5. I then gave him the cricket.

After the dinner at LaiLai Taiwan Beef noodles at Liang Seah Street near Bugis station, I walked over to Beach Road to buy the swivel joints and clip and handreel to complete YS harness and leash.

I will not be getting him to wear the harness tomorrow but on thursday.

I know I can get him to wear it once at least. The question is will he be so annoyed that he refused to wear it the next time. I will cross the Rubicon when I get there.


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



If what I wrote help you and you like to help, give a thought
for the wildlife sharing our planet.

Do write that cheque to Gerald Durrell wildlife trust


or to WWF or other conservation bodies of your choice

MM - mixed mash , from YSM 60%, Claus (food for insectivore birds)
20% and Sinlin 20% (local commercial food for shama)

YSM - Read "making of Yingshiong mash"

suri - Read "Conditioning clicker day 3 - and some tips on suris"

milli - read "Found the perfect treat and Yingshiong first "step up""

Yingshiong songs are in

She made more toys and took photos of those new toys for YS and the way YS was playing with them.

You can see that in folders

Yingshiong beady toys


The descriptions and captions of those photos will be lost if you use the slideshow, so it may be better if you see those photos one at a time.

If you liked the photos of Tinkerbell and Taiwan, most of those photos were taken by Joy with my camera.

For even more photos ot Tinkerbell and Taiwan, you should check out Joy's other folders in


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