Tori, the intrepid parreporter.
In the June 2009 issue of BIRD TALK magazine, Tori, the lovebird, had her articles rejected by the editors. Somehow they’ve ended up online — and we suspect a lovebird’s wing behind this — so enjoy the lost Tori articles!
So why do lovebirds rule? I, Tori, the intrepid parreporter (“parrot” + “reporter”), went on an investigative mission on the BirdChannel forums to find out.
Maya_exquisite, a resident BirdChannel forum member said, “Lovebirds rule because they rule — 'nuff said! Do we really need to say more than that?”
When assured that, indeed, more needed to be said, Maya_exquisite added, “Lovebirds rule because they come in every color under the sun from yellow to green to blue to purple to black to white to red and many more in between! They are teeny-tiny fluffballs with a 'big bird' personality — and it all fits, softly and lightly, right in the palm of your hand. People say they're called lovebirds because they like to be in pairs, but I say they're lovebirds because I have never had a real passion or love for anything until my first lovebird (Mika's mom) almost 10 years ago. Lovebirds rule because I could not see my life without my Mika snuggling under my chin and Kano preening my hair. And ... 'nuff said.”
Kodie, another BirdChannel forum member gushed happily about her lovebirds. “Lovebirds are a kind all their own, they are tiny little bundles of curiosity. To start, they have that silly little 'notice me' chirp that does exactly that — it gets them noticed. They have a huge bird personality in a wee little bird body, taking on anything, person or bird, in their way — no matter how big.”
“You would think that with such a grand personality they would have that grand attitude too,” added Kodie. “But they'll be the first to cuddle up under your chin or climb into the collar of your shirt and just watch you, whatever you're doing. As long as they're with you and you are talking to them, they are as happy. I think mostly, it's that look they give you... when they tilt their head ever so slightly to the side that tells you they want to know you just as much as you want to know them. It’s their complete devotion to you.”
This intrepid parreporter concluded her my mission by interviewing Jessica Pineda, associate editor of BIRD TALK magazine, who said, “Lovebirds are No. 8 of the Top 10 Pet Birds voted by BIRD TALK readers. Yes, I do happen to be a personal assistant to two lovebirds. Why they rule? Well, I wouldn’t say they rule. I mean, my one lovebird, if she doesn’t get her paper when she demands it, turns into a real cranky girl. It’s kind of annoying, Wait. What? Stop. Ack! Don’t take my mic! Ow! Don’t hit me with it!”
So why do lovebirds rule? Because they do.