I'm very happy to finally report that I got Jinx talking on video! Him, along with my two Camelot Macaws Comet and Tusa, are saying "Hello!" very seriously in the above video. I'm pretty proud of this capture even though Jinx only said it once or twice. Depending on whether or not Jinx stays in the preshow side of the show, will determine how much talking I work on with him. In order to train him to talk more, I have to get him really excited and in his excited state I can't put him on other people as he isn't in the relaxed "anything goes" mode I need him in to be around children who sometimes tend to go for parts of his body closest... So this will be interesting to see whether or not I can progress his talking, or if he remains a bird that is a social angel!
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.