Sparty stands on one foot

June 26, 2010
June 26, 2010

I’m always amazed by the personality of our little yellow bird Sparty (aka Sparta). She [Jessica is pretty sure Sparta’s a female now, and I don’t disagree] is so funny–here she was next to Belle on the cage standing on one leg for a while, long enough for me to quietly grab the camera and take this quick snapshot.

grooming birds

In the first photo, Jessica captured Sparty and Belle working their feathers over with their beaks. Though parakeets have a sort of retracting beak, unlike their larger broad-tail parrot cousins, when they take it out it is a serious piece of hardware. That’s good for eating seeds, of course, but it’s also useful in keeping their beautiful feathers clean–which they do very well by grooming themselves vigorously several times a day.
The second picture is just a nice group shot.

(photos by Jessica McKeown)