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Thursday, February 11, 2010
Cupid, My Moluccan Cockatoo

By Linda Costello
Explore the diaries of daily life with large birds.

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Moluccan cockatoo Cupid plays with his ring toss game.

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Moluccan cockatoo Cupid loves shooting hoops with his basketball game.

Since this is February I will write about my parrot Cupid! Everybody knows about that boy named Cupid, armed with a bow and arrows, and piercing hearts to make people fall in love. He is known as a mischievous, winged child. My Cupid is a Moluccan cockatoo parrot with big, dark eyes that can pierce your heart and make you fall in love with him.
His inquisitive parrot  mind always has me searching for some new challenge to keep him occupied. I make it a point to buy him children's toys, like his toy piano where he can peck out a tune or two. I even found him a ring toss game!

These things, plus a basket of hand toys on the bottom of his cage, keep him happy. He has a big cage that is 4 feet long by 3 feet wide. He likes it when I place two cardboard boxes on each end, and he spends lots of time throughout the day playing and running from one box to the other (getting plenty of exercise in the process).

Cupid is very entertaining, and he knows it. He'll run, jump in his box, then stick his head out to see if someone is looking. He is hilarious to watch!
I made basketball and bowling games for him out of old children's toys. He learned how to play these games the very first time I showed him. 

It's always fun when I get out Cupid’s toy piano so he can peck out a few tunes. Part of the fun for us is when I think to grab my camera. I think Cupid, along with my other parrots, enjoys showing off for the camera.  
All of my pet birds like playing with these types of toys, but I'm careful. I only let them play with those toys during their out-of-cage time where I can keep a watchful eye on them. Inside their cages they have the more conventional, made-just-for-parrots toys.
Hope you'll share your comments about your parrot’s favorite toys and games in the comments section below.

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Charles, I know, isn't it awful being a *playthng* to one of those big, beautiful TOOs?
My Cupid's not a real swinger...he's more into bopping his head up & down or running & hopping when he's excited & playful!
Linda, Toronto, OH
Posted: 2/25/2010 10:13:26 PM
Does Cupid swing? I met a Moluccan over the weekend that loved to swing. She wasn't on my hand for only a few seconds before she flopped into swinging position. I got tired of being plaything. She was relentless.
Charles, Orlando, FL
Posted: 2/25/2010 10:48:51 AM
Thanks for the nice comments.
My birds seem to enjoy these games we play. If they balked at the idea & obviously did't want to do it I would never push them to perform.
It's all about fun. But,sometimes if you play with these types of toys in front of your birds they become curious & want to be part of the fun too.
Linda, Toronto, OH
Posted: 2/23/2010 8:02:49 AM
I think all your parrots are great well loved, and

want to please you so the do tricks for you Linda.

Keep the good times coming.
Linda, Jersey City,, NJ
Posted: 2/22/2010 5:34:42 PM
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