Since I can remember, there has been birds in my family. My first memories of an aviary is the small one of my father in which he kept Zebra Finches and Budgies. My grandmother had chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, cockatiels, budgies and lovebirds. It was natural for me to also want birds of my own. For my twelve birthday I received one blue and one yellow lovebird. They were the first birds that I could call my own. From then on, I just got more interested. The first bird I ever hand raised was a cockatiel called Lolly. I think I was thirteen. As I got older, the birds got bigger and more expensive.
Just over a year ago someone approached me and asked me if I would like to adopt her Rainbow Lorikeets and Black-capped Lory. These are the biggest and most beautiful birds I have ever owned. But their chatter is the most incredible I have heard. My three birds sound like a whole forest full of birds. They mimic every bird that comes into hearing range. Of the three, the Black-capped Lory is by far my favorite.
We called him Janus as this is the name of his previous owner’s son and one he loves to shout it out loud. He never takes his apple from me without first greeting me. His favorite food is papaya of which we luckily have a whole tree. They get nectar (you buy these in packets and mix it with water) in the mornings, a piece of fruit in the mornings and another piece in the afternoons. Janus is especially clever when it comes to feeding time. He knows very well when I spoil them with juice instead of nectar and would refuse to take his apple before he hasn’t tasted the juice first. They also get sunflower seeds every now and again as a treat but this is not their staple food like with most other parrots. I would never have had the guts to buy one of these birds, but now, I don’t think I’ll ever not have them.