Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Jul 29, 2014
I've had about 3 of these birds throughout my life and I learned that if you get them and raise them at birth or as a baby they are more social and friendly with people.
Kiwi is the one I currently have and I've had him/her since 2009 and we got it before it even had feathers. We fed him grains and mashed fruit and some gerber baby food kind of stuff and it worked out for him and as he grew older he ate seeds and bread and other fruit as well. He's very friendly, his cage is outside all day and on some days I bring him inside the house so he can fly around and such. He really loves birdbaths and its really easy to get him to take a bath. I just put a bowl with water for him (Not too deep or he wont go in) and he will go in there and make a mess shaking his feathers and be absolutely adorable. He enjoys sitting on peoples heads and mimicicking laughter. When I laugh he will also at the same time make a laughing sound in sync with mine :P
He also knows some dance moves but doesnt particularly dance to music. He knows how to bob his head up and down and he also knows how to lift his foot and then the other foot and then the other and so on.
He's very friendly, i think he's only bitten me a total of 3 times, only one of these times made me actually bleed but overall Its not a big deal for me.
The other two birds of this species that I've had were rescued out of the wild where I would find them walking around because they cant fly. In the wild where i live, they mostly eat fruits from cactuses, mango trees and Naseberry trees. And in order to get to these fruits they need to be able to fly! since they couldnt I took them in and raised them until they were healthy and then released them back where i had found them. These birds were more difficult to handle since they were born in the wild and lived in the wild and thus arent used to humans. They were very agressive and biting was their first instinct. I still dont regret it though, im glad to have helped them.