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I found Barney at a bird store in Deerfield, FL when she was almost a year old. Barney loves hanging upside-down all the time (her nickname at the store was "batman"). Her habit caused her to ruin all her tail feathers (they would bend and break against the top of her cage). Perhaps that was why no-one had purchased her yet. But once I got her home and into a HUGE cage with plenty of room to play, the tail feathers quickly grew back and now she is more beautiful than ever!. Awards
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Hi! My name is Barney Bird

I am a Dusky-Headed Conure from Boynton Beach, FL.


11 years old   F

Dusky-Headed Conure

grapes and cashews

The "bird room" with Freddy and inside mommy's shirt!

I don't like sharing mommy with Parker & Nikki!

she spoils me rotten!

Loves dancing..

Leave no plant undestroyed!.

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08/03/2010 10:33.11 AM  
  Barney Bird!
How the heck are ya? I know…shocking to see me here, huh? Well, mom and I have dedicated more time to each other, the rest of the flock, household chores, relaxing…you know…life. Which is why we haven’t been on BC for a long time. But that doesn’t mean I don’t miss you or think of you often, because I do! And even if this is a cut/paste message, rest assured that when I came to your page, I remember something special about you that made me smile.

What have I been up to? Well, I have my own room now! Mom and dad call it “the bird cellar” (see pics below) because MOST of the room belongs to Peachy and I, but daddy was allowed to use our closet to store some of his wine. The best part is that when my parrots are home but can’t have their eye on me, I’m in my room but not my cage. It’s awesome! Mom hung a big tree branch above my cage with some toys, and I’m next to the window so I can see out, but also hide if I see something scary. Got my radio, own TV. And mom made me little “birdie furniture” she painted all pretty to store my treats and toys.

Peachy is doing well. She still stumbles around her cage a bit, but other than that, she is a-ok. She's even singing and tweeting again!

We are also considering a new flock-mate. Daddy has given the green light. (“But just ONE…unless we win the lotto and move to a plantation!” he says) Since mom has kind of sound-proofed the bird cellar (the key word here is kind-of), she broke dad down and he agreed she could bring home another flock member. But she isn’t 100% ready. I think she’s worried how I’ll react since sometimes I occasionally, rarely, every-now-and-then, kind-of, sort-of act like a spoiled brat. (A-hem!) Anywho, on one wing, I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-feathers kind of bird. Hardly anything bothers me. If something new is brought into the house, as long as I can inspect it, we’re good. No freaking out…no birdie tantrums. I’m like as easy going as they come. Especially for a Conure! But mommy…well I am her BABY. And I aint sure I want to SHARE her with anybirdie else. I have allowed another bird to perch on mom’s shoulder, but that was at my Aunt Cathy’s house. And I did let mom hold our friend Knuckles…but she was visiting, not staying. Big diff. So if you have any advice on going from a 1-parrot house to a multi-parrot house, PLEASE SHARE.

Well I don’t want to squawk your ear off all in one sitting but please please please drop me a line and let me know what’s new, how you’re doing, and any and all gossip about BC news. Oh, have to leave you with this: Question: What kind of bird sticks to sweaters?? Answer: A vel-CROW! hehehehe

Love and hugs always, even when I disappear. Cuz you’re my buddy and I hope you know, in my heart you’re always near.

Come visit me, Blanche, Caymus & Peachy (2004-2010) - Thank you for BOTD!.

05/26/2010 06:46.30 AM Report This Comment  
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01/27/2010 01:01.16 PM  
  Hi Barney Bird!
Good to see more of us Duskies here! I live in FL, too!

Come visit me, Will & Baby.

01/19/2010 07:44.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Caymus here!
Hello dear friend!  Yes this is a copy/paste email but it is the only way I can catch up on months of blogs that I have neglected.  First of all, let me say HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I hope your entire flock receives happiness, health and love this year and for many to follow.  An update on the latest happenings:  First, my fister Peachy has been sick.  We don’t know what is wrong with her.  The vet though it was a respiratory infection, but after two weeks on antibiotics and mommy keeping a heating pad under a towel in her cage, she’s not getting better.  The thing is, she’s not getting worse either.  She’s still eating, drinking, perching and preening.  But she moves around like a drunken sailor and sleeps a lot.  Mom thinks maybe she had the equivalent of a birdie stroke because it seems her motor skills have diminished.  Or maybe her eyesight.  But she seems happy when mom gives her treats and we’re making her as comfortable as possible.  On to another bit of news, I’m getting a bird room!  My oldest-skin sister is spreading her wings and moving out.  That means….PEACHY AND I GET OUR OWN ROOM!  Woo-hoo!  I’ll miss her giving me treats and letting me out but mom says she’s not far away and will visit often.  This weekend is the big move, then mom is having a solid wood door and double-paned windows installed in the room.  I got to pick out the paint color…it’s called “Summer Ivy.”  Then a few decorations and Peach and I can rock out!  At least I hope Peach is better by then.  I’ve also heard mom and dad talking about a new flock member, but not for a few months.  Mom wants to get me acclimated to my new digs, make sure Peachy is on the road to recovery, and then there was mention of some kind of sound-proofing do-da thing.  Sound-proofing?  I’m assuming so that when it’s nighty-night time, the noise from the living room doesn’t bother me.  I just hope it doesn’t diminish my 6 a.m. rise-and-shine call.  I wonder if mom thought about that?  I’m SURE she wants two conures screaming at the top of their lungs to ensure she wakes up before the crack of dawn…especially on weekends.  It would be a pity to waste a day off sleeping in!  With that said, because my cage is going into the new room, I got a fun play stand that will go out in the living room.  Granted I’m usually clinging to mom, but for those moments when I allow her to leave my side, I’ll still have plenty to entertain me…for about 5 minutes anyway.  I posted pics of me on my new stand on my page if you want to take a peek.  Finally, we’re looking forward to the bird show in a couple weeks.  Some of my BC Aunties are driving to Orlando for the show and I hope I get to see them.  I love my aunties very, very much (even if it takes the entire visit for me to warm up to them).  Hehehe  That’s the update for now…but PLEASE write back and tell me how your flock is doing.  I’m so out of the latest gossip and am interested in what’s been going on.  Big hugs and a vote coming your way…squawk a ch-ya soon!

Come visit me, Blanche, Caymus & Peachy (2004-2010) - Thank you for BOTD!.

01/07/2010 04:01.59 PM Report This Comment  
  The cutest Duskies ever! (well, except me)
Barney Bird...mama and I just love your pictures! Especially the one of the two of you in the plant pot. I don't understand why some humans call us plain. Not at all! Look at the array of greens in our plumage, the beautiful deep blues in our flight and tail feathers and the opals mixed in with our cute little grey heads! Mom hasn't gotten any plants for me yet but she's got all the one's written down your mom told us about. She plans on adding a few when the "bird room" is done. I do get cuttings from the hibiscus bush to play with and chew on! Anything new happening? I haven't been on BC in a few months...those conure hormones have been SURGING so mom's had to really keep her patience lately. I'm calming down finally and I haven't made mommy's fingers bleed in weeks! (grin) Are you and Freddie especailly nippy during mating season as well? Hope you're having a great day playing...sending big hugs your way!

Come visit me, Blanche, Caymus & Peachy (2004-2010) - Thank you for BOTD!.

10/29/2009 09:27.02 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello, Barney Bird
08/28/2009 02:38.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Yes...more Duskies!!!!!
Caymus here. Saw your blog...thank you for stopping by. I'm always soooooooo excited to meet other Duskies! Mommy says we are the bestest ever birdies. I agree. hehehe And your Florida birdies, too! We've go a little "Florida flock" going on here at the BC. Have you met Rocky the 'too from Clearwater, or Louie the Indian Ringneck from Coral Springs? There's also Noodles from Largo (who's mom made the pic that's on my page. They are all super-nice and highly recommend them as friends. Just tell them I sent ya. I also have a real-live brother that's also on the BC. Michaelangelo from Orlando. His mom doesn't let him on the 'puter as much but I'm sure they would also love to meet two new fellow squawkers. hehehe BTW, what kind of plants do you get to destroy? Mom would like to put some around my cage but is nervouse on choosing bad ones. Your input would be most appreciated. Sending you a wing wave and a vote! Stop by again any time!

Come visit me, Blanche, Caymus & Peachy (2004-2010) - Thank you for BOTD!.

07/19/2009 04:48.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Barney Bird and Freddie,
Well, it's nice to meet you both. You visited our Dusky, Chloe, a while ago and I thought I would say hello and welcome to BC. It is nice to meet people with other Duskys. It is nice to see that your two get along together so well. You have some really great pictures of them, they look like they are well spoiled, happy birds. Our Chloe is a big big suck and is a real Daddy's girl, she loves to be with him all the time. Stop by and visit anytime.

Come visit me, Prince, Kiki, Chloe, Bibo, Peach & Ben.

07/10/2009 10:27.36 AM Report This Comment  
  pepper and johnnie
I wish I was rich so I could stay home with my birds and birds like yours too, They are Very cool!!!

Come visit me, johnnie & pepper.

07/06/2009 09:06.42 PM Report This Comment  
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