Posted May 31, 2009
Brown-headed parrots are the cousins of the Senegal and Myers parrot family. They are also referred to as "Brownies." My Brownies' name is Kiwi. She is now 7 years old and I have had her since she was 3 months old. Kiwi is very watchful and does not do anything without thinking about it first. Vocally, she says a few phases and words and has a very high pitch screech that she lets out when she senses or sees something threatening gets excited or wants attention. She is a chewer!!! So much so that I had to get a stainless steel cage (cost around $900) because she was chewing off the powered-coated paint from her cage bars and then started working on the exposed metal. When she started to pluck her belly, the vet did testing and she had high levels of zinc. After a dose of meds and a new stainless steel cage, she stopped plucking. She is very bonded to me, as I have read that Brownies tend to bond to one family member and I would not be surprised if in the wild they have a mate for life. When she was younger, she would attack or bite (drawing blood and leaving scars) anyone that was not me. She will now allow my husband to scratch her head and pick her up; I still do not trust her with anyone else. She will lay in the palm of my hand on her back and "play dead bird." She is a great pet even with her not so likable habits.