Saturday, July 24, 2004

One of the disconcerting things about the Electus parrot is the occasional "freeze" when the bird will stop and stay stock still in a position for several minutes.

Lucy did that last night. She was watching us in the kitchen, in a sort of crouch, and froze in that position. She did not twitch a feather or react to speech or movement for seven minutes that I timed, and one or two on either side of that.

Eclectus are prey birds and the freeze is thought to be a defense mechanism. "What? Me? I'm a blossom."

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