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Quigley’s Flock Mates ~ 2014 BOTS

We are honored to have Quigley the Bourke Parakeet as the TWFA 2014 Bird of the Season winner! He is our official mascot for the current breeding season and we will post updates about him regularly. As you can see he represents the parrot/hookbill side of the avian community and brings us all together as avian hobbyists or just enthusiasts. To find out more about this contest or to apply for next season, click here

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Photo by Kristy

Finch Friends of the Handsome Quigley

by Kristy

Quigley lives life as a very spoiled bird. He lives in a Condo below his finch friends, Snap, Crackle, Poppy and Cocoa Puff. Rent is free, meals are delivered daily to his door and even has a heated perch. The condo is furnished with his favorite mirror and several shredding toys. Carpeting is edible and provides foraging time for his favorite treats such as millet and popcorn and Cheerios. An all time favorite is corn on the cob.

He waits patiently during the weekdays while Mom works hard to earn money for all his toys and treats. He loves shredding paper! But when I come home in the evenings…he whistles all his tunes until I open his door to fly free. His finch friends have learned that free flight is a great activity and they get to come out and play too. They also live in a condo on the top floor, and love to visit Quigleys condo and steal treats to take home for later.

Photo by Kristy

Photo by Kristy

Our weekends are usually spent outside on the patio eating toast and watching his wild friends at the bird feeders. Occasionally he’ll get a visit by a humming bird or chickadee for close inspection. I’m sure they wonder why he would get himself stuck in a cage!

Quigley is most active in mornings and the evenings but settles down for naps throughout the day. Usually sings himself to sleep with a very quiet tune of various songs he has learned. When he’s ready for bed in the evenings he will put himself to bed on his warm cozy perch.

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Getting to Know Quigley ~ 2014 BOTS

We are honored to have Quigley the Bourke Parakeet as the TWFA 2014 Bird of the Season winner! He is our official mascot for the current breeding season and we will post updates about him regularly. As you can see he represents the parrot/hookbill side of the avian community and brings us all together as avian hobbyists or just enthusiasts. To find out more about this contest or to apply for next season, click here

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quigley2A little about Quigley

by Kristy

Quigley is very good at learning new tunes. He will get very close to my lips and give me kisses until I whistle a melody. We do this for a short time before he flies away to sit either on top of the fridge or on his chair in the kitchen to practice. He will fly back to me several times for me to whistle the same tune and then off he goes again. It doesn’t take long for him to learn but I love when he gets one mastered and then mushes all the tunes together making it his own.

So far he can whistle Wizard of Oz, Pop Goes the Weasel, cat calls, Andy Griffith, Cuckoo Clock bird, an Army tune, Frosty the Snowman, Popeye, Woody Woodpecker, the Charge tune and various bird calls. He also sings a very sweet warble of notes that often puts me to sleep. He calls to us using the Cuckoo Clock bird call.

Sometimes Quigley helps Dad put his socks on and lotion up his feet. He sits on one leg while Dad lotions his other foot and hops to the other side when Dad says, “rotate.” When he’s done, Dad says, “okay,” and Quigley flies away to wait for the door to open then downstairs he goes.

quigley plus mommaQuigley is a very sweet, gentle and quiet bird. He doesn’t like to have his chin rubbed too often but he does get snuggly in the evenings and does like having the top of his head kissed. He doesn’t play with toys very much but he does love his mirror with the beads and also preening type toys.

Quigley plays fetch with tiny beads and a small birdie ball. He will also help us move pieces around the Monopoly board on game nights. Quigley is the best paper shredder too. Don’t leave your dollar bills sitting around! His favorite perch is usually a shoulder for a free ride around the house. I think he looks especially pretty sitting on Mom’s shoulder (right).

Quigley is a very good eater and will try anything once. If he doesn’t like it he will shake his head crazy, sneeze and fly away. He does love his sprouts and birdie bread that is loaded with veggies and of course loves his millet. He goes crazy for fresh corn, green beans and mashed potatoes. Fresh herbs and wheatgrass are also among his diet. He’s not a fruit eater at all, but he will take a bite to make sure he still doesn’t like them.

Quigley is a very spoiled bird!

Getting to Know Quigley ~ 2014 BOTS

We are honored to have Quigley the Bourke Parakeet as the TWFA 2014 Bird of the Season winner! He is our official mascot for the current breeding season and we will post updates about him regularly. As you can see he represents the parrot/hookbill side of the avian community and brings us all together as avian hobbyists or just enthusiasts. To find out more about this contest or to apply for next season, click here

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quigleyQuigley’s Story

by Kristy

Quigley is the first Bourke Parakeet that I have ever owned. He picked me which makes him an extra special purchase! I was at the pet store because I needed a friend and didn’t even know it. I didn’t find out why he picked me until later during a family crisis.

I lost my Mother 6 years ago to pulmonary fibrosis and miss her dearly every day. Sometimes I’d have dreams about our good memories together, but other dreams were messages from Heaven. Over the course of several days I had the same dream and the only words I could understand was mom telling me “everything is okay,” and I kept asking her, “what’s okay Mom?” It wasn’t until I got the phone call from my sister that her son had a knee injury which they thought was cancer and would possibly have to amputate. At that moment I understood the dream and told my sister, “Everything is okay!” As we found out it was okay just as Mom had said. Little did I know that there was more to her message.

quigley sleepyThat night, I had that dream again. “Everything was okay,” my Mom said to me and I replied, “Yes Mom, we miss you and love you.” She then asked me, “Do you love Quigley?” I responded, “Yes I love him, how did you know?” Her answer was, “I love him too.” This is when I knew he was a special gift to help me through the hard times.

In this picture (right) is Quigley when he gets sleepy in the evenings and loves to nap on a shoulder. Any shoulder will do, but sometimes he prefers a toe. He loves sneaking off on Saturday afternoons and he’ll whistle for me from the bedroom. I can always find him waiting on my pillow. Those are the best times for snuggling and he’ll put me right to sleep when he starts “crackin.” They are very short power naps, but it’s our weekend routine. I can’t imagine Saturdays without our naps. Continue reading

Meet Quigley ~ The 2014 Bird of the Season & Our Mascot

May 22 179Congratulations to the ever so handsome Quigley! He will be our informal mascot of sorts this season, encouraging us all as Finch owners to become acquainted with the many beautiful parrot species we share the avian community with. He is a Rosy Bourke Parakeet (click here for more info about his species). Expect more stories and photos as the season progresses.

Isn’t he just so handsome and adorable?! I think so too! I could look at his gorgeous pictures all day. He is not only nice to look at, he’s also got a big heart and loves his people.

Here is how his owner (and momma) Kristy explains how he came to join her family: Quigley picked me as his own while picking up a hand-fed parakeet that wanted nothing to do with me. He loves to help me with everything, including decorating the Christmas tree each year by inspecting each ornament and making sure the branches are sturdy.

Visitors are greeted with a whistle and a kiss and evenings and weekends are full of cuddles, kisses and various tunes which he practices every day. Each morning we shower together and if extra rinse is needed jumps in with dad.

Quigley is never far behind and always arrives before we do, no matter where we are headed in the house.

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