First Shower: Congo African Grey

after a bath

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, Florida Bathers: Congo African Grey "Cressi" and Galah "Bondi" 

Above is a polaroid photo I took of Cressi and Bondi. Cressi is now a 7 month old Congo African Grey and Bondi is a 3 year old Rose Breasted Cockatoo (galah). Bondi has been bathing for years now, but Cressi had her first shower a few months ago when this was taken. I have two shower perches in the shower; one is close to the water for Bondi and the other is on the opposite side for Cressi where she just barely gets some mist (she was never a fan of water). One day while having them both in there with me, Cressi decided to fly straight to my head which was under the water completely! It took me by surprise and she got soaked immediately! She got up on my hand and I put her back on the perch and she started mimicing Bondi's actions of bathing and fluffing her tail which was super cute. When I took them both out after their shower, they both began drying off and preening and I happened to catch Cressi in the middle of it!

Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.

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