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Murphy!

post #1 of 23
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Well, my baby boy has finally stopped screaming about the sudden disappearance of Abby and her cage and is getting back to himself.
His feathers are a bit ragged, he's a stress plucker, thankfully I think I got him calmed before he started pulling them out.

Sorry, some are blurry, he's a big clown and rarely stays still

The famous Macaw head bob


In the middle of saying Wee! (that's Murphish for Murphy)


Whatchu lookin at?


And there's nothing Murphy loves more than getting the 'wingpits' scratched

post #2 of 23
what a lovely bird! does he ever bite I'm afraid of birds
post #3 of 23
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He doesn't purposely bite, no.
He does like to grab fingers and hold them, but he is a very gentle boy.
He was weaned and handfed by a 9 year old girl.
post #4 of 23
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He doesn't purposely bite, no.
He does like to grab fingers and hold them, but he is a very gentle boy.
He was weaned and handfed by a 9 year old girl.
he seems like a sweetie... but he'd probably bite me, they all bite me I like the pics of him getting his "wingpits" scratched
post #5 of 23
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... but he'd probably bite me, they all bite me
Don't feel bad, I used to be terrified of those hooked bills too.
I've seen what they can do to brazil nuts
Then I got into parrot and exotic bird rescue and began to understand the level of abuse most biters have lived through.

Once you have complete mutual trust with any parrot though, they are so gentle and loving. Abby used to preen my eyelids
But the trust does have to go both way for that to happen
post #6 of 23
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Don't feel bad, I used to be terrified of those hooked bills too.
I've seen what they can do to brazil nuts
Then I got into parrot and exotic bird rescue and began to understand the level of abuse most biters have lived through.

Once you have complete mutual trust with any parrot though, they are so gentle and loving. Abby used to preen my eyelids
But the trust does have to go both way for that to happen
that's probably it, they can sense my fear. My ex mother-in-law had a little cockatiel and I tried to hold it but I swear I was shaking, and then he bit me, not hard or anything, just enough to freak me out no birds for me!!

aw those poor birds, I don't understand how anyone can abuse a poor animal I'm glad Murphy and Abby found you though!!
post #7 of 23
That is a beautiful bird!

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what a lovely bird! does he ever bite I'm afraid of birds
Don't worry. My big, strong BF is afraid of my cockatiels. He won't put his hand in the cage because he is afraid they are going to attack him
post #8 of 23
He's handsome - please give him a kiss on the beak for me! What a great name, too! (That's my last name, LOL...)

Someone else here on TCS has a cat with my first name, now I've seen the bird with my last name - I think I'm quite well represented here at TCS!
post #9 of 23
Awww he's gorgeous! Give him some head scritches from me

As far as birds biting goes - my Jasper has bitten strangers, but that's because he is a very nervous little bird, and more fool them for sticking their fingers at him. Usually with me he will take a hold of my finger in his beak and look me straight in the eye to warn me that he's not happy and to stop what I'm doing. I've had a couple of nips from him but he's never broken the skin, he's not a mean bird at all.
post #10 of 23
Pretty bird!

My aunt had a cockatoo that had been abused. It was blinded because someone threw acid or something in his eyes. his name was Cookie. He just screamed all the time. Poor guy!!
post #11 of 23
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He's handsome - please give him a kiss on the beak for me! What a great name, too! (That's my last name, LOL...)

Someone else here on TCS has a cat with my first name, now I've seen the bird with my last name - I think I'm quite well represented here at TCS!

I actually had the name picked out long before I got him.
I picked Murphy because it is a good Irish name suitable for a green bird of either gender.
Luckily his DNA test proved what I knew from the start, very much a little boy.

His full name is Murphy H. Macaw
post #12 of 23
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I actually had the name picked out long before I got him.
I picked Murphy because it is a good Irish name suitable for a green bird of either gender.
Luckily his DNA test proved what I knew from the start, very much a little boy.
I wish I had shown that much sense in naming mine - I haven't had Jasper DNA tested so I have no idea - but I'm going to feel very silly if 'he' ever lays an egg
post #13 of 23
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I think Jasper is a perfectly acceptable unisex name, but you're right, it does sound a bit masculine.
post #14 of 23
He's adorable!!
post #15 of 23
Aw, he is so cute...LOL, his wingpits?
post #16 of 23
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Well I can't really call them armpits now, can I?
post #17 of 23
Aww, what a cutie!
post #18 of 23
He's lovely! I think birds are wonderful, I'm a little afraid of them too though. Not scared, just wary 'cos I don't know much about them.
I went to a pet show last year and was just stunned at the birds there. Gorgeous colours that I wouldn't have believed were real!
A client has a macaw called Macaw. He used to sort of cluck away to himself in the background while I played with their Siamese. Such a sweet noise.
post #19 of 23
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Nothing sweeter than a well behaved macaw, no matter what size it is
Murphy is a Hahn's macaw (also known as a Noble or Red Shouldered macaw), they are the smallest of the macaw species at around 12-14 inches in total length.
But they are every bit a macaw.
They are acrobats, clowns, hams, cuddlers and if the mood strikes them, deafening screamers
post #20 of 23
Aww, cute birdy
post #21 of 23
wow Murphy is a beauty, his colours are so vivid !!

How does he get on with the kits ?
post #22 of 23
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wow Murphy is a beauty, his colours are so vivid !!

How does he get on with the kits ?
Murph is convinced his reason for being is to chase cats
He does not like them at all, and they give him a very wide berth
post #23 of 23
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Murph is convinced his reason for being is to chase cats
He does not like them at all, and they give him a very wide berth
well I bet that would make for some great photos - Murphy chasing kitties
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