Working With Birds

Photo by Dave Location: Moab, Utah Filming: Blue Throated Macaw "Gleam" Without the help of: Calico Macaw "Siren" How lucky I am! This is what I do for a living, well, among other things I choose to do on the side but this is my primary passion (although it wasn't always this way) and I love it to the fullest extent. Though, you know, that pr...
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Freeflight Candidate: Toucans

Photo by www.villatoucan.com Of: Keel Billed Toucan Fiji is my three year old Swainson Toucan and ever since learning and really just diving into the world of freeflight, I've wanted to convert my entire flock over to it! Especially after having much success with my Congo African Grey, Cressi. I have been considering long and hard if I should g...
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Are Toucans Cuddly?

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Reno, Nevada Getting lovin': Swainson Toucan "Meaka" The question I get asked the most about toucans are, "Are they cuddly?" well, I think this picture says it all. This is my Swainson Toucan about a year and a half old at the time. She was always gentle and cuddly and would rub her head against you kind of like ...
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When Birds Preen You

I've always liked it when other people would play with my hair or do it for me. But it's really something else when your bird starts preening your hair for you! My parrots will do it every so often. Cressi dislikes hair, it just bothers and irritates her. Bondi, however, will make sure to fix it if she sees it and my toucan, Fiji, loves preening...
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How a Swainson Toucan Sleeps

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Reno, Nevada Sleeper: Swainson Toucan "Meaka" One of my favorite things about Toucans is how they sleep. This picture is of Meaka, a Swainson Toucan I adopted from a lady in Sandpoint, Idaho of all places. She owned a petshop there and Meaka's original name was Skittles. She didn't know her name yet, so I chose ...
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Fiji's New Favorite Playtime: Shredded Newspaper

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands Playmate: Swainson Toucan "Fiji"   Fiji is my four year old Swainson Toucan. I've raised her since she was six months old and she is so different from my parrots. Everything from her mannerisms to what she likes to eat in her diet, to her entire diet completely, actually! Mos...
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