Rikki was found, I am not sure where? and was handed into one of the bird rescues.
Lyn (Auckland Bird Rescue) was asked if she would take her, as she was cage aggressive.
We know she talks and has a very melodic voice.
Anyway I picked her up from the other rescue, sure enough, she drew blood, when I grabbed her to place her a box for transporting.
That was the last time though, with-in 3hrs of getting her to the rescue, I had her sitting on my head.
She has never been aggressive with me since that first bite. But she does have her moments and attacks some, and has been cage aggressive to some also.
When she is stalking her victim she puffs up like a ball. Shows no fear and attacks.
Great character, I just love her arrogant attitude.
Sorry! So she has been at the rescue for a few months and I fly when I can, this maybe only a half an hour or so. I have to catch her with a net to put her away.
Well we have just had a long weekend and I said to Lyn I would give Rikki a holiday at my place.
She has been a perfect house guest and seems to interact with the Tiels (9 of them at the moment).
It's quite a buzz to walk in the back door and just let a bird go and see them sparkle in joy.
I have decided to adopt her. As you will see from the pictures she is in love. And wants to stay.
She is a head lander, but is starting to land on my shoulder sometimes. Very friendly to me.
These stunning coloured birds do fly wild in NZ and I guess, due to there poor reputation are very cheap to buy. I mean like $125nz Breeding pair or $50 not hand tame.
It is said they do not make great human companions as they need to have constant interaction, or they revert back to wild.
Rikki is not at all like that.
7days she has been here and she has taken to sleeping on top of a spare cage I have ready for house guests. This is about 2mt away from me, while I am on the computer, with TV going, sound asleep, as if she had always lived here.
This girl is tame, I am just not sure just how tame. Only time will tell.
Here is how she looked when I picked her up.
Then how she looks now somewhere around 3mts later.
The first one seems more like a painting, she has become so vibrant.
Edited by Monica, 29 October 2010 - 06:12 PM.