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The Parrot Who Owns Me: The Story of a…

The Parrot Who Owns Me: The Story of a Relationship

by Joanna Burger

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The author's parrot, like mine, is an Amazon. They have the intelligence of a small child, so, yes, living with a parrot is something like lliving with a small child. Parrots make wonderful pets. They are not "pets" like dogs or cats. Maybe it takes another parrot owner to understand that this book is a love story about living with a quirky, intelligent, loving, fascinating, beautiful, entertaining family member. ( )
  sue_009 | Apr 12, 2012 |
If an ornithologist has trouble living comfortably with a parrot, everyone will. This is a story that anyone who thinks owning a parrot would be a wonderful idea. As long as you don't mind having your household run by the parrot (who is only doing what a parrot does in the wild), having friends and family members attacked because the parrot has bonded with you, having your door jams chewed, etc., a parrot can make a wonderful family member, but not a pet. In captivity, a parrot can live 70 years+. That is a commitment few owners are willing or able to make.

Having known a cockatoo, I now understand the problems the owner had with the bird, and why I didn't particularly like it. ( )
  klaidlaw | Mar 12, 2009 |
I couldn't put it down! ( )
  kgreer359 | Feb 25, 2008 |
Anyone thinking of owning a parrot should read this book first. It's sort of a creepy relationship between owner and parrot since the parrot is very possessive and seems to run the household (picture a demanding child). An interesting enough story, but I think it conveys the opposite of what it intended. ( )
  Sengels | Dec 13, 2007 |
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Seventeen years ago, when she adopted a neglected, orphaned thirty-year-old parrot named Tiko, the internationally renowned ornithologist Joanna Burger entered one of the most complex relationships of her life. Sullen and hostile when he entered Dr. Burger’s home, Tiko gradually warmed up, courting her during mating season, nursing her vigilantly through a bout with Lyme disease, and for a while even fighting her husband for her attentions. In time theirs was a relationship of deep mutual trust.

The Parrot Who Owns Me is Joanna and Tiko’s story, as well as the story of the science of birds, and of parrots in particular. Woven into the narrative are insights and fascinating revelations from Dr. Burger’s work—not only about parrots, but also about what it means to be human.

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