I’m in love with an amazing male. He shares my passion and taste for Teavana peach Roibos tea, is a vegan, responds with the cutest noises when I scratch him in just the right place and sings beautifully. Whenever I walk by and he’s in a flirtatious mood, he even whistles a catcall. And the best part is my honey doesn’t seem to be jealous. I suppose that’s because I’m talking about our new family member, a stunning 7 month old Double Yellow Headed Amazon parrot named Rio Suave (yes, after the movie AND whose middle name was inspired by this 90s party hit).
Rio joined us as a magical holiday gift and honestly, our family hasn’t been the same since. And if you’ve been following my blogs, that’s really saying something.
He’s brought light and love, whimsy, a total cuteness factor to every meal and gathering, and has even made my children the most popular kids on the block.
For those of you who are in need of a little parrot 101, birds like Rio are endangered in the wild, but when born and raised domestically they are perfectly fine to own. Some of the fun things that you can do with your parrot is teach him to dance, sing, chortle and talk. A bird like Rio can easily can learn hundreds if not thousands of words and the double yellow heads are second only to the african grey in terms of talking ability.
Each family member has their own word or phrase that we are attempting to teach. Mine of course, is Diva Mama, and the big brother of the clan, my honey’s 13 yr. old, is teaching Rio the ever popular Austin Power’s line: “How ‘bout NO?”
How ‘bout YES for owning a parrot? They’re as smart, if not smarter, than dogs, but you don’t have to walk them! You just have to be prepared to make a commitment that will extend to your children as the average life expectancy of Rio’s breed is 50 years. Then again since I feed him all organic food and fancy tea (why not, it’s the least I do for my babies), I expect to stretch that even longer.
The most beautiful benefit I’ve seen from this stunning creature is the effect he’s had on my children. For my daughter, whose anxiety often gets the better of her, to see the soothing effect holding this bird has is truly a miracle seconded only by the mindfulness that my normally “over-the-top-active-and-boisterously-voiced” son displays when near Rio. My little guy understands that his winged baby brother will mimic everything and therefore my son has learned to control himself to the extent that his morning tantrums have tapered off. Who would have thunk it? Well, I did, actually, which was why I convinced my honey that this would actually be a good idea. And I love it when I’m right.
But more importantly are the minor miracles that this loving creature has caused in my own children. So I say thank you God, for creating all manner of creatures, especially those who bring such joy, peace and happiness to my own menagerie. And let this be a lesson to anyone that your own small miracle could fly right in the door at any moment. Are you ready?
Click here to meet Rio!