Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, FL Shown: Rare white parakeets "Lexi", "Visa", "Nikko", & "Skye"
While at PetSmart shopping for my cat, I always tend to check out the birds... I just can't help myself. And normally I don't get wrapped in by them, but this time was different. I saw this parakeet with a black crown of feathers on his head, and a beautiful piece of blue sky on his back and fell in love with him! I'd never seen such a cool looking parakeet and was way too excited to ignore it. It didn't help that Dave felt the same way and we bought him on the spot.
The keeper told us all were health checked and certified and quarentined there so we decided we could introduce our flock to the new one a couple days later. Our parakeets kind of left him out, and he tried to preen one of them and they shooed him away at first. But after a while, they took him in like family.
I named him "Skye" for the piece of sky on his back and figured it was a pretty bi-gender name since he's too young to tell right now. And the rare parakeets tend to be harder than the average blue/black and green/yellow.
After training that yellow parakeet for a client we just thought it sounded fun to train another one but for ourselves... since we did want to keep the yellow one, after all.
So here's to our newest addition, Skye!
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.