our first parrot, we got her at 8 months of age. We lost
her in the summer of 2004, she was barely 2. This is
dedicated to her memory.
There is no doubt that Quakers make the best parrot
pet. Intelligence, independent, comical, very
affectionate. Before too long she started to say
Peek-a-boo when you placed your hand on her head. She
followed us everywhere, even staying on our shoulders when we
took the dogs for a walk, not leaving at all. Her wings
were clipped, but should could fly10-12 feet to get on you.
Intelligent is an understatement. We also have
finches in flight cages built together from stock finch
cages. One day I found Kosmo in with the White&Black
Mannikins, much to their dislike, feeding on the seeds.
I had to watch to see how she did it. She simply lifted
the doors with her beak, held it open with one foot and
slipped in. So I put cloths pegs on all the doors,
figuring I'd solved the problem. Nope. I came home
one day to find all the cloths pegs on the floor and Kosmo
feasting on the seeds. How??? So I watched.
She systematically went to each peg, placed her open mouth
over the peg and squeezed until it become free and dropped it
on the floor. Unbelievable! Next test, I
used the garbage bag ties to twist into the doors. Next
day, they too were all on the floor. She figured out
that pulling on the loop would pull them free. I
eventually solved the problem by placing finch seed in her
Once Murdock arrived, she immediately picked up on his
words, saying his name!
One day I arrived from home and could not find her.
The back sliding door was open (One of our dogs knows how to
open it). She was obviously gone. Extremely
Here are some of the few pics of Kosmo we have.