My scientific name is trichoglossus haematodus haematodus.
I am originally from Indonesia. My siblings live in lowlands
but are also found up to 800m (2600 ft), in a wide variety of habitats
including settlements to forest, coconut plantations, savanna, and mangrove,
from the Molluccas East to the West Papuan Islands and New Guinea to
around 141E. They eat mainly nectar and pollen but also fruit
such as figs, citrus, papaya and mangos opened by fruit bats, as well as
moth pupae and insects.
I live in a nice large cage of 80x60x90 cm
(30x24x36 inches). The
bottom-half of it has 3 sides surrounded by transparent Plexiglas in order
to contain my watery poop squirts. The newspapers at the bottom and
surrounding the cage are changed once to twice a day. My cage is thoroughly
cleaned every weekend with apple vinegar, soap and hot water.
I have a lot of toys that are changed every week: chains,
bells, balls, ropes, sisal toys. I love everything that makes noise,
and I am obsessed with empty Kleenex boxes inside which I hide and play for
hours before chewing and destroying them. I also enjoy plastic bags
and bottle caps, and I like preening hair, beards and eyebrows.
I eat a liquid home-made nectar mix made of:
- fruits: apple, pear, papaya, guava, banana, mango, dragon fruit,
kiwi, melon, honeydew, berries
- vegetables: corn, broccoli, French beans, cucumber, radish, turnip,
lotus root, cooked pumpkin and sweet potato
- low-fat cereals with vitamins and minerals (Nestlé's Nestum)
- wild honey and organic manuka honey
- fruit sugar (fructose produced from fruit juices)
- fresh fruits and vegetables juice
I am a good speaker and my vocabulary includes the following: Hello!
- Up! - Okay?! - Oh yeah - You're OK? - It's OK! - It's OK lah! - What's
wrong? - What's the matter - What's the matter with you? - What's up -
What?! - I love you - Come here - Thank you - This is good - I'll
kill you - What's your name? - Disco - Kiss kiss!
I also mumble a lot of human-sounding language that you cannot understand. I
whistle, screech, chatter, twitter and I imitate kissing, coughing,
sneezing, laughing and water bubbles. I politely say "hello!" when the
telephone rings. When I want to go out of my cage, I fluff my feathers and
let go a small cute "chirp!".