I haven’t written about Zoe the Parrot in a long time, so I thought maybe now would be a good time to post an update.
For those who don’t know Zoe, she’s a Cameroon African Grey parrot. Cameroon Grey parrots are similar to Congo African Grey parrots, only they are slightly larger, slightly whiter (less grey), and have silvery instead of yellow eyes. To be honest, I’m not sure if the distinction between Cameroon and Congo Grey parrots is real or a ploy by breeders to charge more for a “rarer” bird. Either way, Zoe is definitely on of the larger, ligher colored birds with silver instead of yellow eyes.
Zoe recently had her 10th birthday, and she’s doing great. She’s physically super healthy, and her most recent labs came back perfect. Her favorite toys these days are shredders (things she can tear apart), and she occasionally decides to tear up chunks of wood as well. That’s as far as her nesting instinct seems to go, which is fine with me. She also has a metal bell, and occasionally gives it a really good beating.
Zoe is mostly out in the evening after Corinne goes to bed. Corinne and Zoe still haven’t really met, and Corinne tends to think of Zoe as our pet who lives in a cage. The combination of a parrot and child is certainly tricky. Corinne is very spirited, and I worry about her scaring Zoe and Zoe hurting herself in the process. I also worry about Corinne getting into Zoe’s face and getting bitten. As Corinne gets older it will be easier, of course, but for now it’s a challenge.